Welcome to SHARE / WHEEL

S.H.A.R.E.

PO Box 2548

Seattle, WA 98111

(206) 448-788

October 24, 2014

 

Dear Friends of SHARE:

Tent City 3 Update:

The sweep of Tent City 3 scheduled for Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 got suspended by Deputy Mayor Kim Tuesday night!  She then outlined conditions required to avoid a sweep in a letter to SHARE and WHEEL:

  1. “Assurances that efforts to find safe, sponsored, more permanent

    Site to relocate to are being undertaken.”

  2. “ A meeting is to take place this week to include Share/Wheel, Haller lake UMC ( If applicable), United we stand, SPU, And the city” “to be facilitated by the Seattle/King County Coalition on homelessness and the Church Council of Greater Seattle.”

  3. “We recommend the outcome of this meeting should include a relocation plan to include where this encampment can be hosted… until the SPU site is available, but avoid the use of public lands or city-controlled property.”

  4. Her letter also implied little action would be taken to help the soon to be without a home WHEEL 50 Women a Night Shelter until Tent City3 had moved on.

     

    Since this letter was sent, a lot has changed.  Seattle Pacific University will host us next, and seems to be responding to City requests to host us sooner that the planned date of January 10th.

     

    University District churches are willing to host Tent City 3 right where they are now – this is something that has been done with Nickelsville several times under the Religious Encampment Ordinance.  These churches have also taken on supporting the ‘indigenous’ University District Encampment – The Ave Foundation.

     

    At the Occupy CEHKC Rally Tuesday Night and then the Committee to End Homeless in King County Governing Board Meeting Wednesday Morning Tent City3 had good speakers.  At the rally Roger Franz said “WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO STAY TOGETHER AND SAFE”. Tony Rinehart spoke at the Governing Board Meeting directly to the Co-Chair – Mayor Ed Murray “We are asking you to let us remain where we are until we move to SPU.”

     

    Mayor Murray seemed surprised at the strong support Tent City3 has.  Deputy Mayor Kim’s encampment panel the next morning reconfirmed that encampments on public land are something that must be recognized and accepted.

     

    The true story of Tent City 3’s courageous fight to stay together and safe is getting publicized on local news stations.  The public has begun to weigh in with strong support.  And they hope to stay at their present location until January when SPU will host Tent City 3.

     

    The numbers at TC3 keep rising.  Recently Seattle Police dropped of a family at Tent City 3 to help get them shelter.

     

    Please keep Tent City3 secure from Sweeps and Together and Safe!  Call or Email Mayor Murray and Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and ask them to work out a solution with the University District Churches to let Tent City3 stay where it’s at until moving to Seattle Pacific University!

     

    The Mayor’s Email is ed.murray@seattle.gov   Deputy Mayor Kim’s Email is hyeok@seattle.gov.  Please cc us at tc3@sharewheel.org.

     

    Thank you for your support!

     

S.H.A.R.E

PO Box 2548,

Seattle, WA  98111

(206)448-7889

October 24, 2014

 

Seattle City Council

600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor

Seattle, WA 98104

 

Dear Councilmembers:

 

Greetings from the men and women of SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort)!

 

As you are aware, homelessness is at its worse in our City – the amount of homeless people living unsheltered on our streets continues to increase.  Last year 57 homeless people died outside or by violence unsheltered.  This year the Women in Black have so far stood for 38 homeless deaths of the same circumstances.  Without Shelter People Die!

 

As you deliberate on next year’s budget we ask you to please prioritize the safety and survival of homeless people.  Consider practical and cost-effective solutions that would serve a lot of the vulnerable homeless people surviving on our streets.

 

We ask you to consider funding for the following:

  • $100,000 for encampments.

  • $120,000 for the WHEEL Winter Shelter to operate thru the summer.

  • Full funding for the Urban Rest Stop

 

Encampments are viable and cost-effective interim solutions to the lack of shelter beds in our region.  Ours cost less than $3.00 a night per person.  They provide safety and community to not only single adults but also to couples, families and people with pets.  The Committee to End Homelessness in King County already acknowledges that Interim Survival Mechanisms, like encampments or Tent Cities, needs support as part of our Crisis Response in addressing the need of the unsheltered homeless population.  Encampments like Tent City 3 have been around for over a decade.  It is time for the City of Seattle to support them.

 

The WHEEL Winter Shelter, which officially has capacity for 25 women, has been providing shelter for 50 women each night.  This year, through collaboration with CCS and funding from Seattle HSD, it has remained open thru the summer.  We need to keep this low-barrier women shelter open year round to ensure a no net-loss of shelter beds in Seattle.

 

The Urban Rest Stop is another practical necessity needed for people in Seattle to survive homelessness.  It is an important service that caters to a lot of homeless people.  It provides necessities, like shower, laundry facilities and hygiene supplies, to enable homeless people get back on the right track.  URS deserves full funding.  Homeless people need more not less of the facilities and services like the Urban Rest Stop.

 

We urge the Seattle City Council to make these commitments to address the crisis of homeless in Seattle.

 









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 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?

From our WHEEL Sisters::





There is one other shocking crisis facing our community in the coming week:  The WHEEL Winter Women's Shelter (for 50-60 women) is being displaced from its current home, Sacred Heart Hall (on lower Queen Anne) for one night next Saturday (10/25) and then likely permanently on November 1st.  We, WHEEL, have asked Mayor Murray and the Human Services Dept to allow our critically-needed low-barrier women's shelter to stay at the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center on 10/25 and during the months of November and December.  Please support our request!  This is what we (WHEEL) will be speaking on at Tuesday's Rally.

 

Contact Emails:  ed.murray@seattle.govhyeok.kim@seattle.gov, tc3@sharewheel.org

Phone Numbers:  Mayor Murray's Phone Number '684-4000 (voice mail usually full.) 

Citizens Service Bureau 684-2489.  SHARE 448-7889

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