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posted Friday, January 22, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 04
New tiny house community for homeless opens; also a possible RV park
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New tiny house community for homeless opens; also a possible RV park

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's been months since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared Seattle's homeless situation a crisis. Murray, along with City Councilmembers and some area nonprofits that work with the homeless population weren't just giving lip-service, however; several projects are in the works that show action instead of more talk. The city is set to spend $50 million this year on the problem.

And it's not just the City government stepping up to help; King County is taking action as well. In December, when temperatures began to plummet and also citing the declared state of emergency around homelessness, King County added 100 temporary shelter beds in Seattle for men. And for the first time the county allowed some people to bring pets. The county opened its new, pet-friendly shelter at 420 Fourth Avenue in late December, a building bought by the county after a video-game company moved out.

Tiny House Village
The newest evidence of action-based advocacy for Seattle's homeless population can be found in a new tiny house village for the homeless which is set to open January 23 in Seattle's Central District.

Volunteers organizing the tiny house project on E. Union Street in the Central District say it's needed to help reduce the number of tents and illegal campsites all over the city.

'We know that we can't solve all of this with 14 tiny houses, but we feel like it's a start,' Melinda Nichols, a volunteer, who is also board president of the Low Income Housing Institute, one of the non-profits helping build the village, told KING 5.

The homes are far better than some of the tiny homes found at the Nicholsville homeless camp near the International District, which has been plagued with problems that include everything from criminal activity to leadership issues. The 22nd and E. Union tiny homes are insulated and have electric lighting. And a nearby structure with plumbing has toilets. A shower is next, say organizers.

Volunteers say they were motivated, in part, by the multiplying of tents on Seattle streets this winter.

'They're all over our town and that's really painful to see,' said Nichols.

According to Sarah Smith, who works with Sawhorse Revolution, a youth carpentry education non-profit, the tiny house village is a step in the right direction, but the reality of how bad the homeless situation in Seattle is is daunting. She says it would take 4,000 houses now to get everybody off the streets.

Organizers said that their immediate goal is to get people off the streets now; then they can continue to talk about a long-term solution.

The new Union Street tiny house village will officially open on Saturday. Organizers say it'll have 24-7 security and a set of rules for the people who choose to live there.

Safe lots for people in RVs and cars
In a move showing leadership on the issue, Mayor Ed Murray issued an emergency order Tuesday to expedite the creation of two safe lots for homeless people who live in RVs or cars.

The lots will be located at Ballard's old Yankee Diner and in Delridge at West Marginal Way and Highland Park Way SW.

The two lots are expected to open in 30 days and will each have an estimate 50-vehicle capacity. In addition, both sites will have sanitation and garbage service, and residents will be expected to follow a code of conduct that prohibits violence and the use of drugs.

Murray said that while the permanent locations are set up, three temporary street parking locations will be set up in Ballard, Interbay and SoDo.

Seattle Public Utilities owns the Ballard location at Shilshole Avenue NW and 24th Avenue NW. Seattle Department of Transportation is negotiating with the state DOT to buy the Delridge location.

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw said talks were underway with landowners to host a possible site as well.

In a letter to community leaders in the Magnolia neighborhood, Bagshaw told residents meetings are underway with Mayor Murray to determine how to address the RV issue which has prompted several complaints about trash and drug use.

'I still think they are going to keep coming in droves; we're not going to have a big enough park,' Doug Kruger, owner of Kruger & Sons Marine Propeller in the Interbay neighborhood, told KING 5.

Kruger says he's had issues with theft, and heroin needles left in the street.

The mayor will send the emergency order to the city council for approval.

At a recent community meeting Seattle police estimated there are 175-200 vehicles in the city that have someone living inside of them. Homeless advocates believe that these are people, many of them families, that if given the resources and help they need, are easier to help get set up for low income or transitional housing. The idea is, if they are left with their needs unmet, they will eventually become homeless altogether, if they lose the vehicle they are currently living in.

Homeless LGBTQ youth
Homelessness disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community, especially our youth. On any given night in King County, up to 1,600 youth and young adults can be found on the streets, according to Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS). Many have been kicked out of their homes or forced to leave out of fear.

Last year, PSKS and city officials reported that more than 50% of the youth crowding homeless shelters identified as LGBTQ. The actual number of homeless LGBTQ youth and adults is unknown as many of them do not openly identify because they fear violence if they were found out. Any effort to help Seattle's LGBTQ homeless population is an effort to help homeless LGBTQ youth and adults when taking into account those numbers. Still, advocates warn that more needs to be done to directly impact the lives of LGBTQ homeless folks because many report that they feel safer on the streets than inside the few shelters that are in place to help them. Some even report violence or the threat of violence when they tried to access shelters.

For now, some hope can be found in the leadership that Mayor Murray and the City Council, along with King County, are displaying. The issue of the number of homeless people in Seattle is daunting for sure, however, with actions like the new tiny house village and proposed RV parks happening, it is plain to see that advocates haven't given up and it doesn't look like they will any time soon.

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