by Erica C. Barnett
(This article previously appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement)
During an often rowdy public forum in the cafeteria of Broadview-Thomson K-8 school last week, Seattle Public Schools Deputy Director Rob Gannon said the school district is working slowly toward a plan for moving more than 50 unsheltered people off school district-owned property behind the North Seattle school. The City of Seattle has refused to assist the school district in sheltering or housing people living on the property, and the district has turned to a small nonprofit called Anything Helps with the goal of getting everyone off the site by September.
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by Erica C. Barnett
(This article previously appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
As summer approaches, the City has accelerated the pace of homeless encampment removals, which declined dramatically during the pandemic thanks in part to public health guidelines that cautioned against moving people from place to place.
But now that many people are vaccinated and students are returning to school, notices of impending encampment removals are starting to show up again in parks and other public spaces around the city. The Parks Department, which is in charge of removing most homeless encampments, will post notices like the one below at seven “high-priority” encampments this week. If people are still on site on the day of a posted removal, the department can remove their property, including tents and survival gear. The encampments are:
Continue reading As Summer Approaches, Encampment Sweeps Ramp Up
- Madrona Park (Madrona)
- Albert Davis Park (Lake City)
- Second Avenue Extension (Pioneer Square)
- Hubble Place/Convention Center (Downtown)
- Amy Yee Tennis Center (Mt. Baker)
- Broadway Hill Park (North Capitol Hill)
- 8th Avenue and King Street (Pioneer Square)