Fill The Council Chamber For Compassionate & Consistent Approach To Tent Encampments

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Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project says
Clearances of tent encampments have been heating up in the news (http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/thedailyweekly/962703-129/council-grills-executive-branch-over-homeless). Neighborhood groups are calling for increased police action and threatening to hire private patrols. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has said it's time to shut down the Beacon Hill greenbelt area known as 'the Jungle.' And one in three homeless people in Seattle is sleeping outside after all the shelters are full.

The protocol for removing tents from City property is to give 72 hours advance notice, to offer outreach services, and to store valuable and important belongings. But when there are fewer than three tents in a group, or an area has been cleared more than three times in the previous sixty days, no notice is given, no outreach is offered, and no belongings are stored. Click here for more info on the problems with the current tent removal policy (http://realchangenews.org/2016/01/21/sweep-protocols-remain-unaddressed).

Join us at the City Council hearing on February 10 at 2pm in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, as we ask the city to live up to Mayor Murray’s claim of consistent and compassionate approach to encampments:

* Give adequate notification and allow outreach before campsites are removed, regardless of the number of tents or whether a campsite has been cleared before.
* Don't throw away personal items and survival gear.
* Allow campsites without health and safety issues to remain in place.
* Provide public health services such as trash removal and portapotties where appropriate.

Tell the council we need solutions to unsheltered homelessness that don't just shuffle the misery around.

P.S. If you can't attend the council meeting, contact the mayor, your district city councilmember and at-large Councilmembers Burgess and González to say you support a truly consistent and compassionate response on tent encampments that emphasizes public health and human care.

Mayor: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor
City Council: http://www.seattle.gov/council/councilcontact.htm
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By: Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

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