Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…More
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Tentative agreement: An announcement this morning could come as bad news for Seattle School District students who thought they might get an extended summer vacation as teachers and the district squabbled over labor issues. Seattle School Superintendent Jasa Banda and Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp have announced that the school district and the teachers’…More
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…More
By a narrow majority, the Seattle City Council Monday rejected a proposal to expand locations for homeless tent encampments in the city and provide a regulatory framework for the health and safety of residents. Over the pleas of some homeless people and their advocates, five council members voted down a proposal by Councilmember Nick…More
The Seattle City Council voted today to spend $500,000 to house Nickelsville residents. In September, the council plans to evict Nickelsville from the Marginal Way Southwest property where residents have been camping for nearly two years. Nickelsville’s fate is coming to a head after a long civic discussion about what to do. In the end,…More
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.More
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.More
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…More