and Facebook: www.facebook.com/shareshelters
UPDATE NOVEMBER 20
Photos from Yesterday's Opening Ceremony for Tent City 5 Interbay with Mayor Ed Murray:
Want to help Tent City 5? Urgently needed are:
We're at 3234 17th Avenue West, between W Dravus and W Bertona.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 18
Dear Friends and Supporters of SHARE/WHEEL :
In light of the crisis of 57 outdoor/violent homeless deaths already this year in King County, we’re particularly thrilled and thankful to announce that SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City5 Interbay will be starting TOMORROW, Thursday, November 19th. It’s been a long, hard road to get here, and we continue to be grateful to Mayor Murray for his strength of leadership in creating and seeing out a policy of city-sanctioned encampments. Beloved homeless community member Stacey Davis, who was murdered in the Interbay neighborhood over the summer, will be in our hearts and on our minds as we build this new camp.
Here are some details, requests and announcements:
TC5 INTERBAY OPENING 11 AM THURS 11/19: SHARE/WHEEL’s TENT CITY5 Interbay will open its gates at 11 AM tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th, and is at 3234—17th Avenue West, between W Dravus and W Bertona in Interbay (on the “D” bus line). Supporters, visitors and helpers are very welcome tomorrow and always! Food donations, tents, blankets, sleeping bags and other donations are welcome, and needed! We’ll be sponsoring a weekend work party at some point in the next few weeks to build tent platforms for the camp, and will announce that separately.
We’ll be starting tomorrow with experienced SHARE/WHEEL leaders, and will build the camp up over the next few weeks with donated and purchased materials.
For more info, or if you have questions, please contact the SHARE/WHEEL Office (206) 956-0334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates also will be posted on our website, www.sharewheel.org, and at our FB site www.facebook.com/shareshelters or on Twitter www.twitter.com/share_shelters
NICKELSVILLE WORK PARTY AT BALLARD SITE 9 AM SAT 11/21: Our brothers and sisters, the Nickelodeons, will also be opening a new encampment (with Tiny Houses), permit dependent, at 9 AM THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st at 2826 NW Market Street in Ballard. They plan an all-day Work Party on Saturday, and sure could use help too. More info can be found at their NickelsvilleWorks FB site, or by calling (206) 450-9136.
We may do another shout-out for donations and needed materials later this week or early next.
Stay tuned, and thanks so much for your faithful and patient support!
UPDATE NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Dear Friends and Supporters of SHARE,
On November 2nd, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine joined together to declare the issue of homelessness in this area a “civil emergency”. We applaud the Mayor for taking this bold step and had real optimism about what this declaration might mean for SHARE and it’s sole mission to provide a warm, safe alternative to sleeping on the cold streets of Seattle.
Then we read it.
The City is only allotting $5.3 million towards addressing this emergency. Portland, which also declared a similar emergency and has half Seattle’s population, earmarked $30 million. Large chunks of that $5.3 million will go towards redundant studies of the root causes of homelessness and setting up a new $900,000 shelter for 100 people. 100 people when the latest One Night Count in March found over 3,000 people unsheltered in King County (an increase of 21% from 2014). With $900,000, SHARE could provide warm, safe shelter for roughly 400 people and, in an emergency, every bed counts.
Organizations like SHARE are the first responders when people become homeless and perhaps the most distressing thing about the Mayor’s declaration is that it includes funding SHARE to the tune of $0. That’s right, the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most cost efficient first responder was completely left out of the Mayor’s declaration.
SHARE is facing its own fiscal emergency and we need our friends and supporters to be first responders for us. The final Seattle City Council Vote on this years budget is Monday at 10:00 AM.
Please let the Seattle City Council People and the Mayor know your first priority is the City Supporting the Operating Costs of all Seattle Based Encampments.
Unfortunately, even when the money is allocated to do this, the Human Services Department has refused to release the funds. So in addition to asking for $300,000 in operating funds for encampments next year, remind the Council People and Mayor’s Office that they should release this year’s funding for trash removal and honey buckets to SHARE/WHEEL for the Seattle Based Tent City 3 and for Nickelsville.
While increasing funding for indoor emergency shelter is another obvious priority, other grassroots partners also have good community based solutions. Here are examples.
The Tenant’s Union directs their energy towards preventing homelessness. The Tenant’s Union of Seattle faces an uphill battle against greedy landlords and developers who displace low income renters with little notice and little conscience. Tell the City Council to provide the Tenants Union with resources for tenant education and organizing.
The Transit Riders Union is calling for Seattle Students to have Free Buss Passes. They will be presenting a petition to this effect tomorrow. Tell City Council People you support the TRU Student Bus Pass Petition!
Another on going need is hygiene services for homeless people. We urge everyone to ask City Council People to fund the Urban Rest Stop in the University District.
Email or call – let them know what you think before 10:00 AM tomorrow. Thank you for your support!
Councilmember Tim Burgess
Councilmember John Okamoto
Councilmember Jean Godden
Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O'Brien
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
Councilmember Kshama Sawant
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2, 2015
11/2/15 STATEMENT OF THE SHARE ‘RED INK’ COMMITTEE about
Today’s City and County Announcement that
Homelessness is an Emergency in Seattle and King County.
The Mayor and County Executive Naming It an Emergency is One Step
Here’s what starting to DO something about it would look like:
First things first: The City and County Government would FUND existing shelter like the All Home Plan* directs them to. Without shelter tonight the crisis continues. But simple cost- effective shelter tonight is being shunned in favor of expensive programs helping far fewer people.
It’s not enough to SAY it’s an emergency and keep the Status Quo. The Status Quo Strategy has to change because it hasn't solved the emergency. Here are examples of the status quo that must change for the Emergency of Homelessness to be solved:
STATUS QUO: King County Completely Defunded SHARE - the most cost effective and largest shelter network in King County. Homelessness is rising because the alternatives - landlord liaisoning, rapid rehousing, computer tracking of homeless people, case management & etc – reach far fewer people and get next to no one off the street tonight.
STATUS QUO: Mayor Murray’s Brave and Unprecedented Step of allowing sanctioned encampments on City Land hasn’t been followed up by supporting basic camp operations. (Homeless people can’t afford them, just like they can’t afford paying for indoor shelter operations, landlord liaisoning, rapid rehousing, case management & etc.)
STATUS QUO: County Executive Constantine keeps denying Permit Applications to operate encampments on County Land. He should follow the lead of Governor Inslee and Mayor Murray, who have both permitted encampments on state and city lands without threatening sweeps.
STATUS QUO: City money set aside by the City Council to pay for Seattle’s two existing encampments – Nickelsville on Dearborn and Tent City3 – has been embargoed for no good reason. Seattle’s Human Service Departments refusal to even reimburse the costs of existing encampments has led to both SHARE and Nickelsville piling up thousands of dollars in debt.
*All Home Strategic Plan 2015-2019 Page 20:
“strategy 2.1: address crisis as quickly as possible
2.1.A Ensure sufficient shelter capacity, including the preservation of existing shelter 2.1.B Increase support and community education for crisis response needs, including interim survival mechanisms such as encampments and safe parking programs.”
SUPPORT HOUSING, SHELTER, TINY HOUSES & TENTS
CUT THE HOMELESS INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX’S BUREAUCRATIC PRIViLEGE!
Declaring a State of Emergency may sound like our elected officials are serious about doing something about homelessness in Seattle and King County but means nothing if resources fail to reach organizations, like SHARE, that are on the front lines in this battle to get homeless people off the park benches and sidewalks and into a tent or shelter tonight.
SHARE would like to open up more encampments and more shelters. The first step in ending homelessness is getting people off the streets TONIGHT. That means funding and dramatically increasing the supply of simple cost effective shelter. Nothing in today’s Declaration of Emergency suggests that will be done.
Note: There is ‘mystery money’ in the Mayor’s Proposed New Investment list for shelter. It’s $900,000 for 100 bed nights. (That’s only 1/5 of the money proposed to solve the emergency.) SHARE Shelters could do 4 times that many bed nights for that much money. This leads us to guess it’s probably for a long planned traditional shelter with all the bells and whistles. That’s fine, but why not 4 times as many people with the same amount of money?
Seattle and King County are rich, but they still have to spend some of their money on the first step of the real solution – shelter tonight – instead of the fancy stuff that doesn’t help 1/10th of the people sleeping outside tonight.
There is nothing in this Homelessness Declaration of Emergency that indicates a change of course – and the course that the County and City have been pursuing for the last 11 years has not solved homelessness – it’s increased.
It’s time to change course and make a priority of keeping people safe tonight!
The biggest clue that this is the same old strategy that hasn’t worked for the last 10 years comes from United Way. They twitter that:
United Way has NEVER supported SHARE’s indoor shelters or encampments. They seem bound and determined not to support simple shelter, and instead “strengthen current efforts” at rapid rehousing, HMIS, landlord Liasoning, case management and other expensive solutions that don’t provide the shelter thousands need tonight.
WHAT IS S.H.A.R.E.?
It’s Seattle Housing and Resource Effort! We’re a 25 year old organization of homeless and formerly homeless men and women who work to survive and solve homelessness together. Our 15 indoor shelters and 2 Tent Cities – plus 3 Housing for Work Sites – make us the largest shelter network in King County. Stay in touch – here’s our contact information:
SHARE P.O. Box 2548 Seattle, WA 98111
The Shelter Board Harvest Time Auction benifitting SHARE raised over $20,000 on Saturday night! We are overwhelmed and would like to thank the Shelter Board for all their hard work, setting up and organizing the Auction. It was a fantastic, moving night for attendees. We'd also like to thank:
Ed Mast who was the hilarious MC for the second year in a row.
Pat Simpson for her moving introductory prayer.
Kshama Sawant for her keynote speech.
Jarvis Capuscion and Andrew Constantino for their stirring speeches about SHARE's ongoing financial challenges and the part SHARE has played helping people move on from homelessness.
We'd especially like to thank all the good folks who attended the auction and whose generosity helped make it such a rousing success!
Last, but not least:
Thank you sponsoring this year’s Harvest Auction
as an Invitation and Publicity Sponsor
The Men and Women of SHARE
Please join us for the 13th Shelter Board Harvest Silent Auction and Dinner.
Our Speaker will be Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and Ed Mast is returning as our Master of Ceremonies.
Time: Saturday, October 10th. Doors open at 5:00 PM.
Location: The Mountaineers Club - 7700 Sand Point Way NE .
Good News Update September 5
At around 5 PM Friday September 4th representatives of Seattle Human Services Department called SHARE to inform us that they are doing a 'contract amendment' with the United Way of King County. Once it is done $15,000 will be available to go toward SHARE's Honey Bucket debt for Tent City3! It could take up to 2 weeks for the contract amendment to be completed, but both parties are committed to resolving the problem.
SHARE is hopeful that Northwest Cascade will find this a sufficient commitment so that they can continue service while a long term plan to both pay the full debt and insure a sufficient cash flow for the future is developed.
Stay tuned and Thank You to Mayor Murray and the Team who met with SHARE on Friday that included Deputy Mayor Kim, Human Services Director Catherine Lester, Maggie Thompson and Jim Theofolis.
Also, big thanks to all our friends and supporters who responded to our call for action yesterday!!
Update September 3
Over 200 men, women and children living in SHARE’s encampments and shelters could find themselves without sanitation facilities on Labor Day unless a $25,000 payment is made by September 7th, to the good folks at Northwest Cascade.
SHARE owes $40,000 in, “Honey Bucket”, rental and service fees that the city of Seattle has delayed reimbursing SHARE for.
IIf Northwest Cascade does not receive the $25,000 payment by September 7th, they will be forced to remove the Honey Buckets. If this happens Northwest Cascade will not return the Honey Buckets until the entire balance of the debt is paid in full.
With no restrooms the health and sanitation of the encampments will be seriously compromised. Restroom facilities are required by the city, without which the encampments can be closed.
Encampment residents have stated repeatedly that they will not disband under any circumstances.
In a 2015-2016 Greensheet, TB78-Action1-OptionA, The city of Seattle has authorized Human Services Department (HSD) $100,000 to contract for services to assist persons in transitional encampments but has only released $20,000 of it so far.
This immediate crisis is one third of the ongoing financial facing SHARE that threatens the continuation of the shelter and encampment network. The other two problems are the failure of the United Way of King County to EVER fund SHARE Encampments and Shelters despite an annual budget of over One Hundred Million dollars, and the decision of Dow Constantine and his Staff to entirely cut the support of SHARE Shelters to ZERO in the 2015 County Budget.
All of these decisions fiy in the face of the 10 (plus 4) Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Northwest Cascade has been incredibly generous and has displayed a great deal of patience with SHARE. There is only so much Northwest Cascade can do and now it’s time for the city to stand by their word and live up to their obligations by providing SHARE with the money they promised.
SHARE is asking for the following:
1) Release directly to SHARE and Nickelsville the money requested to pay for trash removal and Tent City 3's Honey Buckets as intended by the City Council Budget Directive from last fall called Green Sheet 78-1-2a.
2) At the SHARE and Nickelsvile Encampments on City Property Treat SHARE and Nickelsville like all other providers of shelter who are supported with City Funding - reimburse them directly for services rendered. (In this case bed nights in the encampment.)
3) Denounce the DPD/HSD Director's Rule which does not reflect the intent of either the Encampment Ordinance passed by the City Council or last fall's City Council Green Sheet (78-1-A-1) for existing encampments. Give SHARE and Nickelsville the same discretion that other shelter providers have to pay all legitimate costs in the budget that has been approved and negotiated with the city. Do not require criminal history checks of everyone entering an encampment - an unprecedented invasion of previous for a simple safe place to sleep. Remove all extraneous verbiage.
4) Ask the Mayor’s Office to recognize that by withholding this money the City is complicating the opportunity for hardworking and organized poor and homeless people the ability to have a sanitary place to relieve oneself.
5) If the Mayor's Office says they don't want to help Tent City 3 because it's temporarily in Shoreline please remind them of the many times the Mayor has said there need to be REGIONAL solutions to homelessness, and that Seattle shouldn't be the only place providing shelter.
The Men and Women of SHARE
Update August 12
TC3 Open House will be this Saturday August 15th from 11a to 5pm. The camp will be giving tours, answering questions about how Tent City works, and giving testimonials on a day in the life at TC3. There will be Food (Hot dogs, Salads, Chips, etc.), Music, and a Scavenger hunt as part of the afternoon festivities. TC3 is located at St. Dunstan Episcopal Church 722 N 145th Street in Shoreline. The camp is in the rear parking lot of the church adjacent to the Interurban trail. Thank you for your support of Tent City 3
Facebook Event Page for Tent City 3 Open House
Update July 11
TENT CITY4 HAS MOVED
(eff 7/11/15) TO:
THE ECHO LAKE INTERCHANGE
the Snoqualmie Pkwy & Jacoby Exit
#208 bus, to this exit, walk back/under I-90
#206-618-3901 for info
Reach out to King County Executive Dow Constantine immediately. Tell him Tent City4 must stay together and safe, and that the County should help, not harm them. (206) 263-9600 email@example.com
Update July 10
HELP KEEP SHARE/WHEEL’S TENT CITY4 CAMPERS TOGETHER AND SAFE.
HELP US MOVE ( )
AT EXIT 20 OFF I-90
PEOPLE BRINGING VEHICLES
GET EXTRA POINTS!
In order to keep our word, and in the spirit of the King County permit we applied and paid for (but never received), SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City4 must move , Saturday, July 11th. Despite extensive Eastside outreach and site searching, we have no invitation to a host site.
But, move we must—to a piece of property we’ve not been invited to.
We need help in two ways to keep our Tent City4 community together and safe:
1) Help us move! Vehicles and people-power are needed! Start time is (206) 448-7889 for more information. , Saturday July 11th, and we are currently at exit 20 off I-90. Call
2) Reach out to King County Executive Dow Constantine immediately. Tell him Tent City4 must stay together and safe, and that the County should help not harm them. (206) 263-9600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Update June 29
SHAM OR PLAN?
Read the letter SHARE will be presenting to Council Candidates tonight at the Our City Coalition Rally
June 27, 2015
Dear Council Candidate:
We the members of S.H.A.R.E. face the closure of our entire shelter and encampment network at any time. It is the largest shelter/encampment network in King County with 15 indoor shelters and 2 Tent Cities. SHARE is $50,000 behind in payments, due primarily to King County Government completely defunding us and the United Way of King County never funding us.
Both these groups are founders and leaders in the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and have agreed to work together on both the 10 Year Plan and its four year extension. SHARE has agreed to this also.
Your leadership is needed. We ask you to publically call for King County Government and the United Way of King County to support SHARE Shelters. There are two reasons:
First, SHARE shelters are inarguably successful. They are existing shelters which are uniquely effective and far less expensive than existing alternatives.
The number of people who need shelter in King County went up 21% this year and the number of our homeless brothers and sisters who have died outside or by violence is at a horrific high already this year: 30. Supporting existing shelters and encampments so that they can continue is the humane thing to do.
It is hard to understand how the powers that be justify not supporting existing shelters which offer maximal return on the dollar and treat homeless people with respect and dignity.
Our shelters offer hundreds of homeless men and women an honest chance at finding and maintaining work while getting sleep, keeping their possessions, and, with considerable difficulty, pulling themselves out of their circumstances, a chance which most other versions of homelessness categorically do not. Our version is also much safer and much cheaper than the alternatives.
SECONDLY, the CEH Plan to End or at least make “brief’ homelessness commits both King County Government and the United Way of King County to supporting existing shelters. It says right there in 2.1.a: of their new planning document:
“Ensure sufficient shelter capacity, including the preservation of existing shelter.”
The plan is right. That should be done. What is the point of this plan if it isn’t followed? What is the point of saying one thing and doing another? If the plan is a sham, especially when human lives are at stake, to participate in this hypocrisy would put us further away from doing the right thing – solving homelessness.
For the last three years many of us have gone to every CEH Governing Board Meeting. They know – and the CEH Interagency Council was told this verbally and in writing also – what is needed for our community to survive.
At Tuesday’s CEH Governing Board Meeting we hope to hear that King County Government and the United Way of King County are committed to funding SHARE – that they are committee to what they both promised in the CEH Plan to “ensure sufficient shelter capacity, including the preservation of existing shelter.’
We are calling on you to name SHARE Shelters as worthy of the support and partnership of King County Government and the United Way, and to be clear you expect their actions to be consistent with their commitments.
Thank you for your consideration.
Participants in the SHARE Community, by vote of the SHARE Power Lunch/Board of Directors
Update June 26
Our Rolling Educational Sleepouts campaign will culminate in a large Sleepout on Monday, June
29th,on the eve of the Committee to End Homelessness’s Governing Board Meeting in Georgetown
on June 30th.
Join us for a Community Rally, where we will hear candidates in the upcoming local elections share with us their plans for ending homelessness in Seattle and King County!
Monday, June 29 in Georgetown.
Hat 'n Boots (Oxbow) Park, 6430 Corson Ave S.
5:30 PM: Community Meal
6:30 PM: Rally & Speak-out
We invite you to stay for the overnight sleepout (mats and blankets provided).
Tues. morning after breakfast we march to the Gov. Board Mtng. of the Committee to End Homelessness,
8:30 AM @ 6737 Corson Ave S.
Below are the poster and flyer for the event. Please feel free to make copies and Alert the Universe!
Update June 21
Join the men and women of SHARE's Safe Haven shelter this evening as we
Sleepout in front of the King County Jail.
If SHARE shelters are forced to close due to lack of funding, where will the 450
SHARE participants go to sleep each night?
Average daily cost for King County Jail Inmate in 2014 = $192.85
Daily cost for a person in the SHARE Shelter Network in 2014 = $4.66
Update June 19
Join the men and women of SHARE's Gift of Grace Shelter
tonight as our Educational Sleepouts keep rolling along.
Friday's location is Cowen Park 5849 15th Ave NE in Seattle.
We'll be there starting at 9pm. Join us!
Update June 13
6/13/15 Good News Update
SHARE Shelters Still Open!
Despite owing $60,000 in back bills, SHARE Indoor Shelters (15) and Encampments (2) continue to operate! Since the SHARE Shelter’s Educational Rolling Shelter Closures Campaign began on June 1st $13,500 in previously unbudgeted support has been received by SHARE.
This campaign will continue every other night until June 29th 2015 where it will culminate with a Sleep out right before the King County Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) Governing Board Meeting the next morning. So far we have been well received by the public, who has been very supportive and receptive to our cause.
TONIGHT’S SLEEP OUT IS IN FRONT OF THE VACANT
FEDERAL RESERVE BUILDING AT 1061 2ND AVENUE
Today the SHARE Power Lunch/Board of Directors democratically chose this location because the Federal Government has led the way in FAILING to solve or try to solve homelessness (i.e. cutting the budget dramatically for the last 25 years in the area of funding for the construction and preservation of low cost housing.)
PLUS the Federal Government is demanding that Counties and Cities create Homelessness Plans that are required to include the computer tracking of homeless people (or funds are withdrawn.)
PLUS the Federal Government should have let the Vacant Federal Reserve Building at 1061 2nd Avenue by turned over to homeless groups – as required by the Federal McKinney Act – instead of auctioned off to a still secret bidder.
Monday night the Rolling SHARE Indoor Shelter Educational Sleep Out Campaign will sleep out in front of the United Way of King County Headquarters, and Wednesday Night it will move to the King County Chinook Building where County Executive Constantine has his office.
Recently SHARE has set up Facebook and Twitter accounts the links to those pages are:
TONIGHT: (206) 450-9136SHARE OFFICE (206) 448-7889
Update June 10, 2015
Our Rolling Educational Sleepouts are rolling along!! The first two nights (at the Chinook building on Sunday and United Way HQ last night) went splendidly. The SHARE community turned out in force, as did members of our host sites and other supporters. We handed out over 1,000 informational leaflets and got a great reception from people passing by.
Join the small but mighty community of women from the New Lakeview shelter at our Sleepout tomorrow night (June 11) at the Chinook building (401 5th Ave in downtown Seattle) starting at 9pm.
and Facebook: www.facebook.com/shareshelters
5 June 2015
Dear SHARE Supporter:
We’d like to thank you for the support and kindness you and your communities have shown the SHARE community.
For the past six or more years we’ve struggled financially, without enough stable, ongoing, large-scale support to survive. The balancing act with bill-paying we’ve done all these years is no longer sustainable: Right now, SHARE is more than $60,000 in debt, and will be unable to continue our operations for much more than a month.
This crisis point has come due to a number of factors: government funding cuts and delays, rising costs, reimbursable contracts, and lack of funding support despite repeated requests from several entities (like United Way) that have the power to help us.
SHARE is so interconnected and cost-effective that a cut-off in one area can cause the rest of our projects to crash. Before that disastrous crash happens, we are doing a month-long campaign to educate the wider community and shine a light on what SHARE does and how important it is that the SHARE communities remain open, properly funded, and positioned to grow and do more.
This every-other-night educational process through June will be comprised of a series of rolling, one-night shelter closures to help the wider community see what might happen if SHARE were forced to shut down. Instead of closing and disappearing quietly into the predations of the night, each shelter will relocate for that night to a part of the wider community that could benefit from education. Shelter participants who do not wish to be part of the educational campaign will be welcomed at other SHARE communities for the night their shelter will be closed.
These 9 PM--9 AM educational sleepouts will continue, every other night, through the month of June, and will culminate in a large Sleepout on Monday, June 29th, on the eve of the Committee to End Homelessness’s Governing Board Meeting in Georgetown on June 30th.
The SHARE community is kicking off this campaign at 9 PM THIS SUNDAY, June 7, 2015, outside the King County Chinook Building (at 401 Fifth Avenue). Please join us.
Here are some ways you can help us:
SUNDAY JUNE, 7th=University Friends Shelter at the Chinook Bldg (401—5th Ave)
TUESDAY, JUNE 9th=Christ Episcopal Church Shelter at United Way HQ (720—2nd Ave)
THURSDAY, JUNE 11th==New Lakeview Shelter at the Chinook Building (401—5th Ave)
Without shelter, people die. Without SHARE, hundreds of people would be less likely to survive, thrive, and share their gifts and skills in Seattle. What a loss that would be to us all!
Thanks so much! We wouldn’t have survived this long without you!
The Men and Women of SHARE
UPDATE APRIL 20
GET READY!!!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! GIVE BIG!!!!
TUESDAY MAY 5th 2015 from 12:01 am to 11:59pm
Mark your calendars now for the annual online giving event, where The Seattle Foundation and generous community sponsors will stretch each gift you give during the day, making a BIG impact on the lives of homeless people. If you choose to donate to SHARE this year May 5th 2015 is a great day.
Why? Because the Seattle Foundation will match a percentage of your donation, and SHARE/WHEEL will get an additional bonus.
Your donation will go further via SHARE/WHEEL; because we run the most cost effective shelter network in King County. Every dollar makes a difference. SHARE/WHEEL has been a valuable source of survival, safety, and empowerment for homeless men and women for 25 years now. We are breaking new ground on a new Tent City and look forward to adding additional, much needed shelter. With recent major policy shifts in the City, and with your generous giving, our self-managed shelters will keep running and have room to grow.Go here to Donate! → http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/SHAREWHEEL.aspx ☺
Community Update April 4, 2015
On Monday the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to have three encampments on city owned or private land! This is a remarkable victory and many many are to be thanked!
Last November, the city approved $100,000 for operations of existing encampments. The funds should have been available January 1, 2015. As of today, April 2, 2015, funds have not been made available. Catherine Lester, Interim Director of the Seattle Human Services Department was asked about this at her Confirmation Hearing on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am.
So far, Catherine Lester has been unable to provide a direct answer. Councilwoman Sawant showed great courage in abstaining from voting on Ms. Lesters’ confirmation until this is cleared up.
SHARE has a meeting with Catherine Lester on April 14, 2015 to discuss the issue of the $100,000 if she is voted Director of Seattle Human Services Department.
Catherine Lester has repeatedly been informed that Nickelsville is not a part of SHARE. She still does not seem to understand that Nickelsville is not a part of SHARE and stated that the only people who have asked her for money is SHARE for Nickelsville…SHARE has not asked for Nickelsville. NICKELSVILLE IS NOT A PART OF SHARE.
Something is not quite right at the Human Services Department.
SHARE is late on $80,000 worth of bills. SHARE owes $36,000 of this to Honey Bucket companies between Tent City 3, 4 and St Lukes Shelter. They could all close if the bill isn’t paid soon.
The city wants to cut out SHARE’s relationship with Honey Bucket companies. We know the motivation behind this idea. If Tent Cities move to a place the city does not like, the city can threaten to terminate contracts with the Honey Bucket companies.
We are not bringing in the money to lessen our debt and spending more than we are taking in.
We have enough bus tickets to cover us for the month.
We thank you for your continued support. You are a great strength to us in helping us to have the opportunity to save and better our lives.
Updated March 19,2015 3:34pm
Dear Friends of WHEEL/Church of Mary Magdalene Women in Black:
From noon to 1 PM next Wednesday (March 25th) we will stand vigil AGAIN outside the Seattle Justice Center (5th/Cherry), this time for Margaret Pitka, 41. She is the woman who was shot to death in her ad hoc tent encampment at 8th/Yesler early this past Saturday morning. No suspect has been apprehended in this murder. Margaret was an Alaskan Native woman, and she leaves behind at least one child. She was beloved. This vigil also will be for Albert No Heart, 59, beloved Chief Seattle Club member who was found dead in Victor Steinbrueck (Market) Park on March 7th. The cause of his death is pending.
The King County homeless community has experienced unprecedented, horrible death and loss in 2015. Just in the first 10 weeks of the year, at least 16 homeless women and men have died outside or by violence, many of terrible causes like murder, fire, and death-on-the-freeway. Emergency shelters—especially shelters for women and families—are over-full.
Our vigils are silent, respectful memorials and acts of witness, but they also are a cry for justice, and a Call to Action. We ask you to stand vigil—and to take action—with us.
Below are our current Women in Black “Action Items" during this time of crisis. These are specifics of what we've been working on outside of our vigils, and they are steps we urgently ask you, our supporters, to act on, today, for the sake of our homeless community's survival:
SHARE/WHEEL's Tent City 4 AGAIN Submits Permit Application to King County (for New Present Location). Call Dow Constantine Now to Grant New Permit Application!!
1) SHARE/WHEEL'S TENT CITY4: King County must act NOW to support and to host SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City4, currently encamped on public land in Issaquah (off I-90, exit 20). King County Executive Dow Constantine must grant Tent City4’s permit application for the County land they are currently using: email@example.com, (206) 263-9600. For more info or timely updates, visit www.sharewheel.org or call (206) 448-7889.
2) SEATTLE ENCAMPMENT ORDINANCE AND ALL-ZONE AMENDMENT: The Seattle City Council must vote to approve additional Organized Encampments on public land, and to open up the potential of siting them in ALL ZONES of the City, since homeless people are living, and dying, all over our City. The vote on the City Encampment Ordinance has been delayed to 3/30, giving us more time to assure its passage with the crucial All-Zone amendment proposed by Councilmember Sawant (and now supported by Councilmembers Licata, O'Brien and Bagshaw). Please focus your advocacy on Councilmembers Rasmussen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Harrell (email@example.com); just one of their votes would make a majority on the Amendment!
3) NEW, ADDITIONAL LOW-BARRIER WOMEN'S SHELTER: More women’s shelter is desperately needed! For the past 15 years, WHEEL itself has sponsored and staffed a low-barrier, loving, come-as-you are women’s emergency shelter that now--thanks to our community advocacy and funding from the City--will operate year-round. This shelter—currently at Sacred Heart Hall—has a stated capacity of 50 women, but will not turn women in need away. We’ve averaged more than 60 women a night these past two months, and some nights have sheltered nearly 80 women! Such numbers cannot be supported over time; an ADDITIONAL low-barrier women’s shelter is desperately needed right now.
A coalition of women’s shelter providers agrees, and soon will propose such an additional shelter, at a new location, staffed by a different organization than WHEEL. The City of Seattle will be asked to fund this shelter, and must act quickly on this community proposal to create and support critically-needed additional emergency shelter for homeless women.
The City must also act quickly to release already-approved funding to support basic encampment needs and other additional shelters. We’ll provide more details and specific action steps regarding this “ask” next week.
These “Calls to Action” are made in the name of the 16 people who’ve lost their lives to homelessness already this year in King County. JOIN US! Please contact WHEEL if you need more specific information or have questions about our vigils or about our Calls to Action.
PLEASE also join our vigil next week, if you are able to. It always helps our hearts to have our supporters stand with us!
WHEEL/Women in Black
Also, Metro service to Tent City 4's current location is extremely limited. If you can loan SHARE/WHEEL a vehicle for Tent City 4 to use solely for shuttle service back and forth to the Issaquah Transit Center, call us-We can insure the vehicle and the driver!!
UPDATE ON SHARE/WHEEL’s TENT CITY 4 March 16, 2015
Keep reading until the end--that’s where it’s explained how you can help.
It’s Monday, March 16th—Day 3 of Tent City4 at High Point on I-90 Exit 20, Metro Bus 108.
Tent City4 had a lot of ups and downs this weekend:
First, in spite of hundreds of calls and emails, County Executive Constantine refused to issue a permit for a mothballed County Park. Then he went one step further and put construction vehicles all over the perfectly usable parking lot and buttressed them with County Sheriff Cars on the perimeter. (But he hasn’t brought up a viable alternative site east of Lake Washington.)
That made it time for Plan B: WDOT Land between Issaquah and Preston--Exit 20.
Saturday it didn’t rain as much as expected, and a lot got done. Sunday, the Ides of March, it rained more, but TC4 Driver Wendell was determined. Unfortunately, another car hit our Handy Andy 24-Ft Truck on its way back to the Old Site in Skyway to finish up the move. Both vehicles in the wreck are in terrible shape, and we’re grateful the drivers will be ok.
It also rained a heck of a lot Sunday.
Now we’re settling in.
Thanks to all our friends who have called Executive Constantine, helped with the move, brought us Dinner last night, and are offering us suggestions and listening.
Unfortunately the struggle isn’t over. Last night the camp met and decided to:
1) Agree to move when a suitable site on the Eastside of Lake Washington becomes available, and to actively continue the search.
2) Make clear to the property owner—the Washington Department of Transportation—that we appreciate their patience and we will work with them.
3) Encourage County Executive Constantine to change course and begin working with the homeless community. Two excellent first steps would be:
a) Either rescind the Permit Denial and remove the Construction Vehicles taking up the Parking Lot at the County owned, mothballed Issaquah Campground or find another location for SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City4 using King County Land and Resources
b) Reverse the defunding of SHARE by King County Government so that more people can be safely sheltered (SHARE is King County’s largest and most cost effective shelter network.)
4) Keep running a good camp wherever we are!
HERE IS WHAT WE’RE ASKING OUR FRIENDS TO DO:
1) Call Governor Inslee. Tell him that you appreciate the Washington Department of Transportation working humanely with Tent City4.
2) Call County Executive Constantine. Ask him to reconsider his denying our Permit for staying at the mothballed Issaquah Campground OR to find us other County Land to stay on eastside of Lake Washington Encourage him to reconsider denying SHARE money in the 2015 County Budget that they need to operate King County’s largest and most cost effective shelter network.
3) Help with daily needs of the camp. Visitors, as well as food, water and garbage bags are appreciated.
Call the camp about these items: (206) 618-3901
While the site has bus service, it could be more frequent and start earlier and end later. Plus, it doesn’t run on Weekends.
A Car or Van is needed for regular shuttles between Exit 20/High Point and the Issaquah Transit Center. (This will solve the significant gaps in public transportation.)
SHARE does have vehicle and driver insurance! We would only use the vehicle for people shuttling back and forth between the Issaquah Transit Center and Camp.
Call SHARE at (206) 448-7889 to loan a vehicle or offer us advice and/or suggestions on a new site!
CALL COUNTY EXECUTIVE CONSTANTINE AT (206) 263-9600 or email KCEXEC@KINGCOUNTY.GOV
If you’d like to see the emails sent to the Governor and to King County Executive Constantine Call Us at (206) 448-7889 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE 2:30 PM SATURDAY MARCH 14TH:
TENT CITY4 HAS MOVED TO ITS NEW LOCATION: Near EXIT 20 (The High Point Exit) off I-90! Take this Exit, and then go right and then left! You'll see the camp from there.
URGENT: So far, we haven't been approached by any Sheriffs. PLEASE CALL/EMAIL KING COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN URQUHART NOW at email@example.com, (206) 296-4155 and tell him not to arrest the homeless people of SHARE/WHEEL's Tent City4 for staying together and safe. PLEASE KEEP CALLING/EMAILING KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE DOW CONSTANTINE. Ask him to reconsider his decision NOT to grant TC4 a permit for the unused Issaquah Highlands Campground, and tell him also NOT to arrest TC4 folks! He's at (206) 263-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporters are very welcome to come for a visit--if you come, please bring trash bags and bottled water if you're able to. Food's always welcome too.
MORE INFO: (206) 448-7889 or email@example.com
PS Here are weekday bus service directions; this METRO service is weekday only: In downtown Seattle, catch the eastbound Sound Transit 554 bus, and ride to the Issaquah Park and Ride bus station. There, transfer to the Metro 208 minibus. Get off at the High Point bus stop, at the first freeway interchange past Issaquah (exit 20).
posted Friday March 13, 2015
KEEP TENT CITY4 CAMPERS TOGETHER AND SAFE.
HELP THEM MOVE TOMORROW (3/14/15) WORK BEGINS AT 7:30 AM, MOVING STARTS AT NOON
PEOPLE BRINGING VEHICLES GET EXTRA POINTS!
‘Even with all the land King County has the County Executive won’t permit homeless people to use even 7,000 sq.feet?’ That was the first stunned reaction of many TC4 campers tonight upon learning their Permit Application was denied. That was the second stunned reaction of many TC4 campers tonight upon learning the Permit Application was denied.
TC4 Camp Adviser Sam Roberson has seen Issaquah Highland Campgrounds on the Issaquah – Renton Road. He still can’t believe the Permit Denial letter from King County called this mothballed campground “unsafe and unsanitary.”
“I saw the property with my own eyes” Sam said “and that’s not true. If they’ll deceive about that, why should I believe it when they say County financing for this property won’t allow homeless people to use it? Its hogwash and that’s why they won’t even show us the paperwork.”
“It doesn’t matter; Constantine just doesn’t want to help. If he did, he’d have found a way – the county has plenty to help with. I guess tomorrow we’ll find out it if he’s willing to arrest us to hide how much worse the problem of homelessness has become under his watch.”
TENT CITIES PRESENT LOCATION IS AT 12914 Martin Luther King Jr Way South – Bus #101
MORE INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 448-7889
The camp thanks the hundreds of people who emailed or called with support.
CALL KING COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN URQHART
email@example.com (206) 296-4155
AND ASK HIM TO NOT ARREST HOMELESS PEOPLE
who are harming no one while struggling to
STAY TOGETHER AND SAFE
Posted March 12, 2015
Call County Executive Dow Constantine Today! Ask him to give SHARE/WHEEL’s Tent City4 a Permit to move Saturday to the presently mothballed Issaquah Highlands Campground
(206) 263-9600 // KCEXEC@KINGCOUNTY.GOV
Tent City4 must move by Saturday March 14th back to the Eastside of Lake Washington. We have located a mothballed King County Campground. It was bought from a Logger by an Environmental Organization who then sold it to King County. Now they are deciding how to use it in the future.
SHARE/WHEEL has applied for a permit, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish has promised to pay normal daily campground fees to the County. In 4 months we’ll leave it better than we found it!
All we are asking for is 7,000 square feet of this 910,404 sq ft property! (The presently unused Tennis Courts would be great)
Last winter Governor Inslee let us use Lake Sammamish State Park for TC4. Last October Mayor Murray let TC3 use land near I-5 and Ravenna for several months. Call Executive Constantine (former co-chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County) and encourage him to be a leader too!
(Purchased by the Trust for Public Land and then Resold to King County just last year.)
Issaquah Highlands Recreational Club
(presently mothballed) Campground
(206) 263-9600 // KCEXEC@KINGCOUNTY.GOV
TO KEEP TENT CITY4 TOGETHER AND SAFE!
Come Help us Move 11:00 AM Saturday at present site –
12709 Martin Luther King Jr Way South Skyway
Double Check Saturday Move Time Friday Night on SHARE/WHEEL Website – www.sharewheel.org
Or call (206) 448-7889. Bring 33 Gallon Garbage Bags Saturday if you Can!
Friends of SHARE and WHEEL:
Below is the flier handed out to passersby at the Women in Black vigil held Wednesday March 4, 2015 in front of Seattle's Justice Center. Please read it, and then take action if you feel the call.
SHARE's Communication Work Group
MORE SHELTER AND ORGANIZED ENCAMPMENTS ARE NEEDED NOW!
ALL OVER THE CITY!
Every time a homeless person is found dead outside or dies by violence in King County, WHEEL (a homeless women’s organizing effort) and Mary’s Place (an empowerment ministry for women and children) mobilize for our silent witnessing vigil called Women in Black. JOIN US!
From newspaper reports and confirmed by the King County Medical Examiners, we learned that a homeless man was found dead in his campsite near I-90 on Wednesday, February 25th, after his tent caught fire. He is Ngo Tho Huyhn, 49, and he died of burns and smoke inhalation. This has been ruled to be an accident.
We are standing vigil today to honor and remember Mr Huyhn. Our hearts are with his family and friends.
At least 45 homeless people died outside or by violence in King County in 2014, and at least eight already this year, some by very terrible causes, outside and alone. Here is our death list:
CAUSE OF DEATH: WHO: WHEN: WHERE:
We will stand vigil again same time & place NEXT Wednesday (3/11) for Dillon Lesnick, 21, whose death was just shared with us. (There might be more names, too, since we are due a new list of homeless deaths from the King County Medical Examiners.) Stand with us! Our hearts are broken as we stand here alone, wondering: Where is the community outcry?
JOIN US as we demand and work on providing more shelter and encampments NOW!
ALSO, PLEASE JOIN US IN THESE RESOLUTIONS:
1. WE WILL RESOLVE TO BE A COMMUNITY, homeless and housed, together. Homelessness is not just a loss of housing, it is a loss of community. Take an emotional inventory of your own negative attitudes toward homeless people. Do you involve them as part of your community? If negative perceptions hold you back, how can you deal with them?
2. WE WILL SUPPORT CREATION OF NEW, ORGANIZED ENCAMPMENTS IN ALL ZONES IN SEATTLE: The 2015 One Night Count of Unsheltered Homeless people showed an unprecedented 21% increase—to 3,772 women, men and children outside, county-wide. Every neighborhood, and every community is affected. There are homeless people sleeping outside in dangerous conditions all over our City. Already this year two homeless men, including Mr Huyhn, for whom we stood today, have died in unsanctioned, ad hoc campsites in greenbelts in the central City. It is not safe or hygienic to go it alone like this; organized encampments with hygiene services are what’s needed.
Mayor Murray has taken the unprecedented, bold and compassionate step of proposing development of--and support for--three new organized encampments on public land, with public support, here in Seattle. The Seattle City Council now is considering an ordinance regarding encampments, and necessary and good amendments to the Council legislation have been proposed.
This Encampment Legislation needs to be passed, but WITH the Amendments proposed by Councilmember Sawant (and supported by Councilmembers O’Brien and Licata), ESPECIALLY the Amendment that opens up siting encampments in ALL ZONES in the City. (The current proposed Ordinance allows them only in Industrial Zones, a narrow swath of land that spans the central City.)
Here’s why this Amendment to allow encampments in all zones is important and necessary:
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY contact Seattle City Councilmembers and urge them to PASS the Encampment Ordinance legislation WITH the All-Zone Siting Amendment. PLEASE ESPECIALLY FOCUS ON COUNCILMEMBERS RASMUSSEN, BAGSHAW and HARRELL, who could be the “Swing Votes” on this measure.
Update February 28,2015
HELP PROTECT HOMELESS PEOPLES’ FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS TO
INFORMED CONSENT AND PRIVACY!
Homeless people’s organizations WHEEL and SHARE strongly oppose the reversal of Informed Consent practice and law, as represented by a new Bill (Senate Bill 5898) currently being considered by the WA State legislature. This bill relates to the uploading of homeless people’s personal data into a central database called the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
The HMIS system in Washington State is currently an Opt-In System, requiring meaningful informed consent and people choosing explicitly—by signing a form—to waive their personal privacy rights. SB 5898 would reverse the system of consent-giving from Opt-In to Opt-Out.
Our opposition is extremely strong, and is three-fold:
Please help us preserve homeless people’s rights to consent and privacy! Go to the WA State Legislature’s Bill Information Home Page, and read the information about SB 5898: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5898&year=2015
Click on “Comment about this Bill” and please submit a comment in opposition to this Bill. Please focus especially on the “Ways and Means” Committee, which is considering this Bill soon. (See reverse for contact info.)
For more information, contact WHEEL, a grassroots organizing effort of homeless and formerly homeless women: (206) 956-0334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 4 PM MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH: WE HAVE A PERMIT FOR DAYTIME DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE WEST CAPITOL GROUNDS, AND ARE AT THE TIVOLI FOUNTAIN (200 yards east of the Capitol Dome). We're still negotiating nighttime sleeping accommodations, but will be in the community room of LIHI's Fleetwood Apartments (near Sylvester Park) and at a local church.
AT 7 PM TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH, WE'LL HAVE A RALLY WITH SPEAKERS AND MUSIC. WE'LL RALLY AGAIN AROUND 7 AM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH before marching to the Governing Board Meeting. JOIN US!
Join occupy cehkc for a sleepout in Olympia January 26, 27 and 28 and speak truth to power!
Homelessness needs real solutions, not gongs and photo ops.
· Invest in building and preserving affordable housing
· Quality encampments and shelters in the meantime
· End unfair foreclosures
· Improve public transportation and add low-income fares
· Rent Control
· No more blaming/tracking the victims through the Homeless Management Information (HMIS) system. Preserve our dignity and rights to informed consent and privacy.
Calendar of Events:
MONDAY, JANUARY 26th: We’re setting up camp!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH: We meet with legislators and (perhaps) the Governor! In the evening, a rally with music and speakers.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH: We march to and occupy the Governing Board Meeting of CEHKC. Afterwards, we break down camp.
Occupy CEHKC is a coalition of WHEEL, SHARE, Nickelsville, TRU and SAFE. www.occupycehkc.org
is the Occupy the Committee to End Homelessness in King County Coalition (SAFE, TRU, SHARE, WHEEL & Nickelsville)
Camping Out in Olympia?
Because Homeless People can’t afford having the Governing Board of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and their co-optees in Olympia unchaperoned!
Background: The Committee to End Homelessness in King County Governing Board decided to kick off 2015 by leaving King County and having their quarterly meeting in Thurston County. They and several co-optees will be heading south to Olympia on January 28th. The goal is to persuade State Government to follow an ineffective agenda of the same old co-options:
· Making it easier to track homeless people through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
· Buying into a “brand new” 3-Year Extension of the (same old) 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness that wound up with more homeless people now than when it started.
· Awarding State Politicians with a Symbol of Seriousness (a solemn gong-banging photo op) BEFORE getting any substance (or seriousness) in return.
OCCUPY CEHKC IS GOING TO OLYMPIA TO DO WHAT REALLY NEEDS DOING:
· Persuade the State to stop paying for the computerized tracking of homeless people, and under no circumstances allow this tracking to be done with out homeless peoples’ explicit, informed consent.
· Move funding from computer tracking, landlord liaisoning and studying long-term shelter-stayers into quality encampments and shelters for the interim until we win
· Massive new investments to preserve and build affordable housing AND get it preserved and built!
· Start the fight for local Rent Control
· Pass State Legislation to cut back on unfair home foreclosures
· Expand low-income peoples’ access to quality public transportation
Around 3:30 PM Friday 10/17/14 SPD Posted TC3 with numerous warnings that they will be swept on Wednesday, October 22nd - that's the day the Committee to End Homelessness Governing Board Meets, co-chaired by our Mayor, Meets. Many folks from Tent City3 will be Marching to the Governing Board Meeting, leaving Westlake Mall Park at around 7:00 AM. Please join us if you can - and consider posting this information on your Facebook Page or Email List.
This Week’s Key SHARE (and WHEEL) Dates:
1) Tuesday October 21st Occupy CEHKC Sleep Out/Rally/March begins at 12 PM Westlake Mall Park
3) Tuesday October 21st TRU March for Seattle METRO starts at 4:00 PM @ Westlake Park
4) Tuesday October 21st Occupy CEHKC Rally @ Westlake Park 5:30 PM followed by Dinner and Sleep Out
5) Wednesday October 22 D Date for SPD Sweeping TC3
6) Wednesday October 22 Occupy CEHKC marches on CEHKC Governing Board Meeting (co-chaired by Mayor Murray.) 7 AM Wake Up In, or Meet up At Westlake Mall Park at 7 AM
The "Ask" of Mayor Murray is simple: Let TC3 stay where they are until Seattle Pacific University can host them. There may be churches that will take on the legal obligations that makes this kosher under the Seattle Religiouis Encampment Ordinance & it's what the CEHKC Crisis Response Plan says to do.
7) Thursday October 23rd @ 1:00 PM Mayors Unsheltered Homelessness Task Force holds first of a couple meetings (in secret.) There are some good folks on this Committee, dominated by the usual sharks and wolves in sheeps clothing.
8) Thursday October 23rd @ 5:30 PM. City Council Budget Hearing. Are you surprised there is no new money in the Mayors Budget for SHARE, WHEEL, the Urban Rest Stop or Encampments?
Phone Numbers: Mayor Murray's Phone Number '684-4000 (voice mail usually full.)
Citizens Service Bureau 684-2489. SHARE 448-7889