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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

February 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Longtime organizer returns to Nickelsville tent city

Residents of Seattle’s Nickelsville homeless encampment voted over the weekend to reinstate longtime organizer Scott Morrow, said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, a financial backer of the tent city.

They also voted to bar residents Anthony Jenkins and Lisa Hooper, who helped oust Morrow last month, Lee said. Lee’s nonprofit and the church that currently hosts the encampment moved last week to withdraw their support for Nickelsville due to Morrow’s dismissal and related issues.

Jenkins and Hooper said they thought the encampment would be better off without Morrow. Taking aim at Morrow, who refers to himself as a Nickelsville staff person, brought the community to the brink of losing its site. Nickelsville is no longer in danger of shutting down, Lee said.

The encampment’s inner politics impact few people directly; there are currently about three dozen residents. But Seattle’s tent cities are under a spotlight at the moment because Mayor Ed Murray has asked the City Council to authorize up to three additional encampments on city or private land.

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