Nightmare Morning Commute Massive mess on 3rd Ave.& Columbia St. in downtown #Seattle. Biz owners sending me vids of fist fight, open air drug use, tents out of control, and mental illness on full display. I’m tracking situation. Already Warned the City Earlier this month, biz owners at 3rd Ave. & Columbia St. begged @MayorofSeattle @KC_RHA @CMAndrewJLewis to do something about this corner before it spiraled out of control. At the time, there were only 2 tents. This Remains the Challenge What’s the plan to get in front of these encampments before they spiral out of control, not after the fact? It was only 2 tents earlier this month. I’m Only One Guy There have been so many other incidents Read More ›
Final Check @wsdot homeless encampment removal today at 10th/Dearborn in #Seattle, 11am. I spent Thursday night checking on peeps I’ve tracked since May. Many gathered here after SWEEPS. This area on outskirts of Little Saigon was used as massive drug den. Now What? Most of campers here have been housed for now. I’ve reached out to @WSDOT to ask how the agency plans to avoid another repeat performance of this encampment. Still waiting for a response. Campers broke the lock and moved in the last time around. Guidance for Campers Like other sweeps in Seattle, word would spread quickly in the homeless community about outreach and housing referrals. So there was a mad dash to get here in final weeks. Read More ›
Calling for Accountability @KCCReaganDunn says he’s asking for AUDIT after struggling to get information from @KC_RHA, including returned phone calls. Wow. “We’ve had some communication with them but there’s been a fair amount of strained access to information.” -Reagan Dunn Still Waiting for a KCRHA Response If a sitting King County Councilmember is struggling to get information from @KCRHA, what about the public? Renewed calls for transparency.
Well, the signs said it would happen today. But neighbors are telling me it’s now been pushed back to Wed/Thur. Still trying to find out why from city. I am on another assignment anyway, but will head over later to see what’s up. Brief History of Encampment Handful of tents here since beginning of Covid. But neighbors say more people moved in right after Bitter Lake and Woodland Park sweeps a few months ago. Then even more tents popped up after N. 96th sweep.
Stragglers Early Wednesday morning, crews will finally be clearing the RV encampment along Green River Rd. in unincorporated King Co. Process was delayed after @KC_RHA asked for more time to do outreach. This evening, only a few people remain. But they aren’t planning to leave. Happening Now Crews clearing thousands of pounds of trash on Green River Rd. in unincorporated King County. Most homeless campers/RV’s are gone. But deputies have ZERO authority to remove them if they return. Several guys said they’re coming back once crews leave. Where’s the Enforcement? Reagan Dunn spoke to me this morning, reiterating importance of his new legislation that would give King County Sheriff’s deputies the authority to remove homeless campers if they returned. Right Read More ›
Breaking Massive RV/vehicle clean up scheduled today for Green River Rd & 94th PL S. in unincorporated King County now delayed. Officials say @KCRHA needs more time for outreach. Frustrated neighbors say trash is everywhere and it’s being used as a “chop shop” for stolen cars. Unfairly Blamed People living here in vehicles say they have also seen cars without license plates dumped and stripped. Place has been an on going issue for neighbors and the owner of a nearby soccer field. They say area’s been cleared numerous times, but always comes back.
Exclusive Video This morning, @WSDOT says this homeless encampment in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was the first one cleared under @GovInslee Rights-of-Way Initiative, a state wide effort to finally clear encampments along the highway. More details coming up. Huge Initiative WA Dept. of Commerce controlling purse strings. Each county must submit proposal for types of services and housing needed to serve homeless on highways. King Co. requested just under $47 million for next year. @KC_RHA one of the providers. Outreach @KC_RHA says it worked with JustCARE for this effort today on state owned property. 4 people voluntarily moved into enhanced shelters with support services. The team is trying to help a 5th camper find shelter. Enforcement Last month, this is Read More ›
Breaking @KC_RHA is giving $1.9 mil to LIHI to run the Seattle RV Safe Lot RFP. The award is for their initial contract, from June 2022 – Dec 2022, serving approximately 50 vehicles. Sites have not yet been identified by LIHI. KCRHA “This project was requested by @SeattleCouncil , and will ensure that people living in recreational or oversized vehicles have safe, accessible places to park overnight, and ensure vehicle residents have access to services and connections to options for permanent housing.” Award Summary Original Request Proposal https://kcrha.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Recreational-Vehicle_Safelot-RFP.pdf