Join faith leaders and lawyers at a press conference to support expanded tent encampment options
FRIDAY, JUNE 28th, 1:30PM inside SEATTLE CITY HALL
A press conference will be held in the atrium at Seattle City Hall (5th Ave. between Cherry and James) to deliver letters from the religious and legal communities in support of Council Bill 117791, which would allow managed homeless encampments on public and private property.
The Defenders Association, Columbia Legal Services, The ACLU, and the Seattle Human Rights Commission will present a letter stating that communities have a legal obligation to either provide sufficient housing or shelter, or to allow encampments to exist. The Church Council of Greater Seattle will present a letter in support of the City Council bill based upon a thirteen-year history of encampments being hosted by more than thirty separate faith communities.
According to the annual one night homeless count, there were 2,736 homeless people outdoors after the shelters were full on January 25, 2013.Â City Council recently passed legislation to close the Nickelsville homeless encampment on September 1st. CB 117791, which will expand options for Nickelsville to relocate after that date, was passed out of Nick Licataâ€™s Housing and Homeless Services Committee today and will proceed to the full council for debate.
JOIN US FRIDAY AT CITY HALL TO HELP CLOSE THE SURVIVAL GAP!
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