Due to public safety concerns and serious health hazards, on March 7, the City closed the Royal Brougham encampment. An estimated 37 encampment residents were on location when the City’s Navigation Team and other outreach workers arrived at 7 a.m. A total of eight organizations provided supportive services to the encampment residents, including:
- Healthcare for the Homeless
- Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) HOST & Crisis Solutions Team
- Evergreen Treatment Services REACH Program
- LEAD Program
- Seattle Union Gospel Mission – Outreach Team
- Salvation Army
- SPD – Navigation Team Unit
- Seattle Fire Department
A tent was set up, staffed with various care providers, including nurse, outreach workers, housing coordinators and case managers. In the tent, encampment residents had access to seating, water, hand warmers, hats, mittens, donuts, sandwiches and hot chocolate.
While the scene at the site today is still very grim, all encampment residents received offers of services and many accepted referrals and offers. Below is a recap:
|Individual||Kind of Referral/
|Adult Male||Mental Health||SPD (Officer Newburn) & DESC||DESC – Crisis Solutions Center was called out to assess client||Evaluated and transported to Crisis Solutions Center|
|Adult Male||SUD||Salvation Army||NW William Booth Center||Intake Completed|
|Young Adult Couple (M&F)||Housing||UGM||Transitionally Housed in Motel||Working with MID to secure housing|
(M & F)
|Housing Assessments||REACH||Completed VISPDAT||Are on waitlist for housing|
|1 Adults||Mental Health||DESC-HOST||Evaluated for HOST Program.||Outreach to follow.|
|3 Adult (Females)||Housing||REACH||Referred to Hammond House|
|1 Adult Male||Veteran Services||REACH||Connected with Vet. Case Manager.||Will be working with REACH case manager|
(1 Male, 2 Females)
|Storage & Reconnect with Family||Salvation Army||Possessions transported and taken to storage.||Pursuing reconnection with family and more permanent housing arrangements. Potentially with family.|
|1 Adult Male||SUD||REACH||Referred to Seattle Indian Health Board|
|3 Adults||Identification||REACH||1 Completed the process||2 have appointments with REACH case manager for securing state ID|
|3 Adults||Case Management||REACH||Reconnected with DESC-SAGE Case Manager||Contact was made with case managers by REACH outreach staff for reconnecting clients.|
|3 Adults||Family reconnection||REACH||Interested in bus tickets to return to be with family and supports||They are going to get in touch with REACH to determine an exact date.|
|1 Adult Male||Shelter||REACH||Tent purchased for individual||Individual’s tent was damaged.|
|7 Adults||Medical||Healthcare for the Homeless||2 people’s feet warmed.
2 people’s hands warmed.
1 assisted with complaints of chest pain (refused to go to hospital).
1 connected with primary care physician and educated on glaucoma.
|Healthcare for the homeless nurse provided medical services in addition to education and outreach. Schedules for Mobile Medical van were passed out.|
|5 Adults||Relocation||REACH||Assisted in relocating to various new locations||At new outdoor locations|
Please note: Some individuals accessed services from multiple agencies.
In addition to services provided to the people, the Seattle Animal Shelter checked in with pet owners on site and reported all nine cats they saw appeared healthy, plump and well-cared for. They also provided supplies, including:
- Provided temporary housing for a mother cat and two kittens while their owner transferred to a different location. Later in the day, shelter staff returned the cats to their owner and provided him with a carrier, two cat beds, spay/neuter certificates, 36 cans of cat food and a one-year cat license.
- Provided the owner of a mother cat with five kittens a 16-lb. bag of food, 18 cans of cat food, two plush beds, spay/neuter certificates, six collars, six harnesses and two collapsible travel water bowls.
Finally, approximately 18 people accepted the City’s offer of storage of personal belongings and one person has already made an appointment to pick up his items today. Including unclaimed items left behind, a total of 55 storage bins of belongings and other large items like grills were delivered to the City’s storage facility yesterday. Belongings will be held for at least 60 days and can be recovered by calling 206-459-9949.