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November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Emergency shelters open up as temperatures plummet

Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail newstips@seattletimes.com. Seattle locations Seattle City Hall 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m….

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August 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

10-year sentence for murder of homeless man in Ravenna Park

The gunman who fatally shot a homeless man who was a fixture in Seattle’s Ravenna Park was sentenced today to 10 years and three months in prison. Timothy James Murray, 27, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder for killing Alpha Lake Rajai, 59, in the park on March 8, 2012. The shooting  occurred after a confrontation involving Rajai,…

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July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Sex offender charged in assault on unconscious woman in park

King County prosecutors on Thursday charged a Level 2 sex offender with indecent liberties in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a homeless woman in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park last week. Marcus Jim II, 28, was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender, court records show. Jim, who was convicted of third-degree rape…

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June 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Federal government supports ending Nickelsville

The federal agency that works on solving homelessness has written a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn supporting the end of Nickelsville. A seven-member majority of the Seattle City Council on Monday ordered the mayor to clear Nickelsville by Sept. 1. They pledged to help the more than 100 residents of the encampment find shelter, but said the encampment could not stay at its location on West Marginal Way.

The mayor and Councilmember Nick Licata were pursuing a new location for Nickelsville, and at a meeting Wednesday, some members of the council still indicated a willingness to consider supporting an encampment in the city.

The federal government has never supported encampments. But while that’s not new, their letter offers support to the council as it makes a politically challenging decision.

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June 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Live coverage of planned Nickelsville protest

Seattle City Council members are the target of a protest planned for this afternoon by leaders of Nickelsville, a homeless encampment the City Council announced this week it will shut down in September after two years on city property.

In a letter to council members, Nickelsville residents wrote that the letter council members wrote to Mayor Mike McGinn “pretty much talked about us like some dogs in a kennel.”

“Humans have a basic right to stay together and safe,” they wrote. “In Seattle the majority of the City Council has chosen to ignore and disrespect that basic right … Please understand that Nickelsville is sticking together.”

It’s likely more than 100 homeless people will turn out for today’s 2 p.m. housing committee meeting and a planned “die-in” on the steps on City Hall at 2:30 p.m. As we detailed in a story last week, many of the protesters at events like this are told they must participate or risk being kicked out of their encampment.

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January 25, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Woman’s body found during homeless count

A woman’s body was found in a grassy area along Rainier Avenue South early Friday by outreach workers doing an annual count of the city’s homeless. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the woman’s body.  The King County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene and will…

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April 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Protesters target Seattle Mayor McGinn’s home

Protesters occupy the sidewalk near Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's home. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Occupy Seattle protesters gathered outside the Greenwood home of  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Friday to complain about the eviction of a homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” from a Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Occupy spokeswoman Aliana Bazara…

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February 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Queen Anne food bank celebrates reopening today

A Lower Queen Anne food bank that closed in November because it lacked funding has reopened. Staff at the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic Church a few feet from Seattle Center, held a re-opening ceremony at 8:30 this morning. The food bank quietly reopened last week, said Elise Hale-Case, who runs the food bank. For…

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January 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

City reverses itself on outdoor meals for homeless

The City of Seattle says it won’t shut down a popular outdoor meal service for the homeless until it can find a location that would allow meals to be served both outdoors and indoors. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat Wednesday reported that the city planned to close Operation: Sack Lunch at the end of February. Officials…

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