June 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM
City Council wants Nickelsville gone Sept. 1
Seven Seattle City Council members today plan to deliver a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn asking that the Nickelsville homeless encampment be closed by Sept. 1
The council members plan to authorize up to $500,000 from the city’s general fund to pay for housing and services for the residents, and the letter asks that the mayor directs the city’s Department of Human Services to provide “immediate targeted outreach and engagement services to Nickelsville along with immediate provision of shelter, housing and other services.”
Council members are in discussion with Union Gospel Mission to provide the housing, a source said.
“No one wants to simply displace campers,” the letter reads. “We can provide a route to safe, decent and supportive housing to anyone and everyone at Nickelsville.”
The letter has not been signed by Councilmembers Mike O’Brien or Nick Licata. Licata has been working with the mayor to find a new location for Nickelsville.
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