Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seattle Homeless Encampments

On June 17, 2011 I posted this photo online of a homeless encampment in downtown Seattle.  The particular one I chose was just four blocks from City Hall and literally on an entrance ramp to Interstate 5.

Tens of thousands of people saw this encampment daily.  At the time I saw it in June, it "housed" about four people and was about a quarter of a city block long.

KING-5 TV in Seattle did a piece on this very same homeless encampment on September 14, 2011.

What took them so long?

When you watch the TV piece, look for the talking head shot of reporter Linda Brill.  You will see camping tents in the background, yet another homeless encampment that has arisen since my original report in June.

This report is amazing.  You will be stunned to learn that this particular encampment now houses twelve people and there is a "waiting list" for space.  I also learned through a source that works near the encampment that most of the people in this space have lived under I-5 for years and just migrate from one space to another when the complaints mount and some eviction action is finally taken.

The lesson here is simple.  That which is allowed to grow unchecked, does.