Budget cuts, pathway to homelessness

On April 14, the draconian budget slashing proposal known as HR 1473, which was promoted by Tea Party radicals and right-wing Republican extremists, was passed in the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama.


GOP senators head to Nevada to warn of budget cuts

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Seattle City Council rejects Nickelsville legislation

Publicola: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

In a blow to efforts to better provide resources for the city’s homeless population, the City Council Monday rejected its committee’s legislation to expand areas of the city where homeless encampments are allowed. Here’s an update on the vote from Publicola:

By a narrow vote, the city council rejected legislation today that would have expanded the parts of the city in which homeless encampments like Tent City and Nickelsville (currently permitted only on land owned by religious institutions or the city) are allowed.

The city has told Nickelsville residents that they have to leave their current encampment, which has been located illegally on city-owned land for the past two years, in September.

Council members who supported the legislation, including its sponsors Nick Licata and Mike O’Brien, said that although tent encampments aren’t a perfect solution, they’re better than leaving people to simply sleep on the street.

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FLASHBACK: Nickelsville on the move, with some residents headed to the Central District


Organizers of the homeless encampment Nickelsville have secured two more camp sites, in addition to one they found in the Central District.

The announcement came just three days before the city was scheduled to evict campers from their current location in South Seattle.

Some residents had vowed to stand their ground if they couldn’t find a place to relocate to by September 1st.

“We’re a community that helps one another,” said camper Rachel Johnson. “This is a safe place and this is our family.”

The city dedicated $500,000 to help campers find new homes before the September 1 deadline. By Sunday, outreach workers had relocated at least 47 of the more than 120 campers at the site.

The new locations won’t be disclosed until Friday. Organizers said they wanted to talk to their new neighbors first, before disclosing that information.

The two new sites brings the total number to three. On Sunday, the group said it had secured another camp site near 20th and Jackson in the Central District.