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June 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Nicklesville draws attention as City Council fights homelessness

Getting the homeless inside is a priority

A portion of the dwellings that have been constructed in Nickelsville, sitting off the ground to guard from flooding. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

A portion of the dwellings that have been constructed in Nickelsville, sitting off the ground to guard from flooding. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.]

Patience with Nicklesville has proved useless. [“Editorial: Seattle Council presses on against homelessness,” Opinion, June 17.] But the first priority of the Seattle City Council and the Legislature is the construction or securing of buildings to house the homeless.The Times is right to urge more mental health and chemical dependency services, but wrong to not first emphasize getting the homeless inside, at least at night.

A sizable percentage of the homeless are mentally ill. I have been among the first to be kicked out of shelters in Lerado, Texas, and New York City. Our less-ill brethren get the food, beds or chairs.

More beds in monitored, single or shared rooms will keep us from being robbed in a bus or subway stop, or dangerously beaten up, as I have been. I have actually listened to a Medicaid-funded counselor oppose funding a complex to house 56 homeless people.

John Freeburg, Bremerton

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