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Lichton Springs Community Garden

Neighbors of Licton Springs Create ‘Community Garden’ to Deter Tents

Community Solutions Last month I BROKE story about homeless encampment on N.96th St spiraling out of control in Licton Springs/Greenwood neighborhood in #Seattle. Instead of “eco-blocks” look at community garden NOW WORKING as deterrent against tents! Purely Driven By Neighbors They are now raising money to sustain this project! Many are immigrants from Asia and Africa, sacrificing so much to buy homes in Seattle. They say they are now on THEIR OWN, and will have fight to protect their community. https://www.gofundme.com/f/t9xm26-n96th-street-community-garden-lights-the-way?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer Planting Seeds Neighbors say they will need to raise closer to $5k to sustain this project and will be turning to Deputy Mayor Tiffany Washington to help with this community project. This could turn into a viable solution vs. Read More ›

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Video still from Jonathan Choe, © Discovery Institute

Neighbor Confronts Encampment Shuffler

Stop The Sweeps is a controversial mutual aid group, known for shuttling homeless people to other parts of the city after encampment removals. They've been criticized for disrupting sweeps and undercutting Mayor Bruce Harrell's plan to get people off the streets.   Read More ›
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Homeless Woman with Child in Fremont Canal Park Seeking Help

They Need Help Thursday evening, I encountered a 2-month old baby with parents living in Seattle’s Fremont Canal Park encampment. I know there are multiple sides to story. PLEASE send outreach workers. Guidance From King County Regional Homeless Authority “Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women with children. One thing she could do right now is call the King County Emergency Family Shelter intake line: 206-245-1026, which would connect her with shelter and services.” Seattle Councilmember Trying to Help So far @CMSaraNelson only elected official to respond: “I reached out to Deputy Mayor Washington and others to get the woman in your video and her son some help.” -Sara Nelson, Position 9/Citywide

Community First Village

A Second Look at Community First! Village in Austin

I wrote last week about Community First! Village, located on relatively cheap land just east of Austin and getting national applause as the coolest homelessness project in what some call America’s coolest city. Read More ›
Belmont Avenue

Capitol Hill Sweep Wrapping Up on Belmont Ave

Happening Now Capitol Hill sweep wrapping up on Belmont Ave E. Neighbors complained about EXPLOSIVE growth of this homeless encampment in past few months. Many campers settled here from other recent removals. Where are they headed? Working on that story right now.

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Business Owners Facing Drug Epidemic on Their Own

Peters believes the on going break ins and theft in his neighborhood are being fueled by desperate drugs users, who sell stolen items to get their next fix. It's taking a human toll. Read More ›
Ballard RV

SDOT Sweeps Ballard RV Encampment, But Struggles with Enforcement

Seattle RV Shuffle Continues I first told you about Ballard’s “Double Decker” RV last year+how neighbors complained about loud noise/music coming from this vehicle. After @SeattleDot enforcement, owner moved on…but just around the corner. City of Blocks Even after @SeattleDot does RV encampment removal, I personally witnessed dozens of RV owners simply move down street. So is this the strategy? Tire everyone out w/sweeps, hoping they don’t return? Until that gets figured out, eco block biz is THRIVING. Business is Booming Concrete “eco-blocks” cost $20-$30 bucks a piece. It’s cheap cause these are considered “scrap.” But here’s the catch, you have to transport these things yourself. Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel ain’t the only game in town. But being in Read More ›

UGM Van

Union Gospel Mission Helps Homeless Community Stay Cool During Seattle’s Heat Wave

Scorching Hot Week Incredible effort RIGHT NOW by Seattle’s homeless outreach community. Especially @SeattlesUGM. This faith based group is mobilizing volunteers and hitting the streets, passing out water and supplies. They’ve got some PRO TIPS if you want to help. Pro Tips If you run into a homeless person on the street during HEAT WAVE, @SeattlesUGM says be ready with following: 1) Bottles of water 2) Gift card to an air-conditioned restaurant Contact UGM if you think someone is ready to get off streets. https://www.ugm.org/contact/ Cooling Centers @KC_RHA also has a solid list of places to refer homeless folks. Working on Story Also dropping next week, RARE look into extremely vital work @SeattlesUGM is doing on Seattle’s streets. They call Read More ›

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Seattle’s Homeless Shuffle

It was different this time. When crews arrived in the morning everyone was gone. One of the SDOT officers on scene told me this is the type of compliance they were hoping for. Problem is, some of the RVs simply moved a few hundred yards down to Fairview Avenue. Read More ›