City announces two new sites for existing sanctioned encampments

The City of Seattle’s Homelessness Emergency Response team recently announced new locations for the Ballard and Interbay permitted encampments. Both encampments were created in 2015 and each have two-year permits set to expire in November. Permitted, self-managed encampments are part of a continuum of care provided to people living outside, and offer a transition from […]

Recap: Spokane Street corridor encampment cleanup

Last week, the City completed a cleanup of the Spokane Street corridor, where growing encampments were creating public health and safety concerns. The City’s approach included repeated individualized outreach to move people to safer locations, connect them with services and store personal belongings, followed by cleanup of garbage and debris left behind, then mitigation to […]

Update on encampment cleanup efforts along the Spokane Street corridor

This week, the City began efforts to remove illegal encampments along the Spokane Street corridor from Colorado Avenue South to Airport Way. The approach includes individualized outreach to move people to safer locations, connect them with services and store personal belongings – which has been occurring for weeks – followed by cleanup of garbage and […]

Following weeks of one-on-one outreach, City to begin closing Spokane Street corridor to illegal camping on Sept. 12

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the City will begin efforts to remove illegal encampments along the Spokane Street corridor from Colorado Avenue South to Airport Way. The approach includes individualized outreach to move people to safer locations, connect them with services and store personal belongings – which has been occurring for weeks – followed by cleanup […]

City Opens Up New 100-Bed Shelter for Men & Women, Pets & Possessions

Mayor Ed Murray welcomed community members to Compass at First Presbyterian, Seattle’s second 24-hour, enhanced shelter that opened today on First Hill. The shelter has the capacity to serve 100 people, offering them a safe place to stay, meals, access to laundry and shower facilities and intensive case management. Many people living unsheltered are not […]