Nickelsville, the 5-year-old homeless encampment currently on West Marginal Way, plans to move to three different sites this weekend. The Seattle City Council directed the mayor to clear the current site by Sunday.
The group won’t say where it is going. Tim Harris, a homeless advocate, said one of the sites is in the Central District on South Jackson Street and 20th Avenue South, on land owned by the Low Income Housing Institute. Private property owners can apply for a temporary permit to have an encampment on their property, but Harris said the long-term plan is to find a church that will host. The city can’t stop a religious institution from hosting a homeless encampment.
Nickelsville has moved many times during its history. The move saves Mayor Mike McGinn from a problematic campaign photo op he would have faced if he had to clear Nickelsville from its site in a confrontation.
“We were aware they were looking for another site,” said spokesman Aaron Pickus.