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September 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Nickelsville eviction

Jobs should be first priority

The deadline for Nickelsville resident's to pack up and leave is Sept. 1.

The deadline for Nickelsville resident’s to pack up and leave is Sept. 1. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.]

I recently turned 33, and can proudly say I do remember when gas was 99 cents a gallon, and even a quarter a gallon. I am struggling to meet basic daily needs such as clothing and food, having been let go from my job more than a month ago. [“Nickelsville ready to morph into 3 parts,” NW Friday, Aug. 30.]

What’s even sadder is that the city is choosing to forcefully evict the Nickelsville homeless community at the start of September.

At a time when I may be evicted from low-income housing due to decision delays at the unemployment office, the Nickelsville community remains the only place available for shift workers to rest, in comparison with regular shelters’ operating hours.

Hiring activity is now being challenged by the cost of the Affordable Care Act, and hours are being reduced across the board, with some businesses even instituting hiring freezes.

The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in this area is incorrectly focusing on affordable housing, not jobs. Low-income workers cannot get housing that is “appropriate and affordable” if they can’t first find, and more importantly, retain employment.

Doug Brehm, Seattle

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