The why, when and how of encampment cleanups

Homelessness is a large and complex issue. There are many factors contributing to the increase of people living without shelter or those who are at-risk of becoming homeless: Seattle’s skyrocketing rents, the retreat of federal funding for subsidized housing, structural inequalities rooted in systemic racial injustice, a woefully inadequate mental health system, and an opioid […]

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 […]