City-Sanctioned Encampments

Currently, there is insufficient supply of low-barrier shelter beds for any given night and outreach workers often find that the City's emergency shelter system does not meet the needs of people living unsheltered. Pathways Home lays out a strategy for moving the City toward more comprehensive, 24/7 shelter that more fully addresses the needs of people living unsheltered and is focused on providing connections to permanent housing. Pathways Home remains the City's principal strategy for reforming the way the City addresses homelessness. However, these changes will not be fully implemented until 2018. In the interim, the City needs more shelter beds and better low-barrier options, such as sites that allow partners, pets, and possessions.

For some unsheltered people, there are significant barriers to transitioning to indoor shelter. Authorized encampments offer a safer alternative that can help stabilize the person before transitioning indoors. In 2015, the Mayor and City Council passed legislation to permit three sanctioned encampments on City-owned or private property. Sanctioned encampments in Interbay, Ballard opened in November 2015, while a third opened in Othello in March 2016.  

On Dec. 1, 2016, to provide additional capacity for individuals who are unsheltered, the Mayor announced three new sanctioned encampment locations: Georgetown, Myers Way in West Seattle and Aurora/Nesbit in North Seattle. These sites will build on what has been learned at the Interbay, Ballard and Othello sites, with a modified approach to service delivery and site management. Each encampment will be permitted for 12 months with an option to renew for an additional 12 months.

Contact information for each location is included in their descriptions below. For information or questions about homelessness in Seattle, contact the director of homelessness for the City of Seattle at (206) 727-8514.

Locations

Location: 2826 NW Market St., Seattle (near Ballard Locks)
Property Owner: Seattle City Light
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI   

Contact Nickelsville Ballard
If you have a question or want to contact the Nickelsville Ballard camp directly, please call 206-390-9292.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Ballard Nickelsville Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in February 2016 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Jean Darsie, Ballard Community Task Force on Homelessness and Hunger
Martha Dilts, Central Ballard Residents Association
Jayson Morris, 36th District Precinct Committee Officer
Jennifer Muzia, Ballard Food Bank
Eric Nelson, Nordic Heritage Museum
Mike Stewart, Chair, Ballard Alliance
Pastor Kathleen Weber, Trinity United Methodist

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 9701 Myers Way South
Property Owner: City of Seattle
Fiscal Sponsor: Patacara Community Services
Management: Patacara
Case Management: Patacara

Contact Camp Second Chance
If you have a question or want to contact Camp Second Chance, please call the camp directly at 206-578-6551.

For general information contact Polly Trout, Executive Director, Patacara Community Services at 206-465-6342 or polly@patacara.org.

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About the Community Advisory Committee
The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in April 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs and ensure that the camp operator and social service provider – Patacara – is adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.

Community Advisory Committee members:
Grace Stiller, Friends of Myers Parcels
Aaron Goss, business owner
Willow Fulton, neighbor
Aaron Garcia, White Center Community Development Association
Stephanie Liberman, South Park Senior Center
Cinda Stenger, Westside Interfaith Network
Judi Carr, neighbor

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 1000 S. Myrtle St.
Property Owner: 
Fiscal Sponsor: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI  

Contact Georgetown Village
To contact the Georgetown Village, please call the camp directly at (206) 399-0733. If you have questions or complaints call (206) 405-9136.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Georgetown Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Nancy Eklund, Boeing Co.
Barbara Grace Hill, Neighbor
Erik Maus, St. Vincent de Paul
Bill Oliver, Neighbor and Business Owner
John Phillips, South Seattle College
Emilie Shepherd, Georgetown Merchants Association
Kelly Welker, Neighbor

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 3234 17th Ave. W., between West Dravus and West Bertona streets
Property Owner: Seattle City Light
Fiscal Sponsor: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Management: SHARE/WHEEL
Case Management: LIHI 

Contact Tent City 5 – Interbay
If you have a question or want to contact Tent City 5 – Interbay, please call the camp directly at (206) 356-4484 or email tc5interbay@sharewheel.org.

For general information contact the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334 or visit http://www.sharewheel.org/tent-city-5.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Tent City 5 – Interbay Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2016 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – SHARE/WHEEL – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Stacy Goodall, Interbay Starbucks manager
Janis Traven, Magnolia Community Council
John Gaines, Interbay Neighborhood Association
Niki Amarantides, Seattle Pacific University
Danielle Burt, Interbay Place Manager
Marilyn Cornwell, Rector, Magnolia Church of the Ascension

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 8620 Aurora Ave. N.
Property Owner: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: SHARE/WHEEL
Case Management: LIHI

Contact Aurora-Nesbit Village
If you have a question or want to contact the Aurora-Nesbit Village, please call the camp directly at (206) 956-0334 or email lictonsprings@sharewheel.org.

For general information contact the SHARE/WHEEL office at (206) 956-0334 or (206) 517-9011 or visit http://www.sharewheel.org/.  

For other issues regarding the encampment contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Aurora-Nesbit Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in April 2017 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – SHARE/WHEEL and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.  

Community Advisory Committee members include: 

Elizabeth Dahl - Executive Director, Aurora Commons
Marni Campbell - Principal, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
Rachel Long - Manager, Aurora House
Kathryn Olson - Woodland Park United Methodist Church
David Osaki - Member, Aurora Licton Urban Village (ALUV)
Tim Pritchard - Member, Licton Springs Community Council
Darryl Ulskey - Business community representative

CAC meeting minutes

Location: 7544 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Property Owner: Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
Fiscal Sponsor: LIHI
Management: Nickelsville
Case Management: LIHI  

Contact Othello Village
If you have a question or want to contact the Othello Village camp, please call the camp directly at 425-615-0800 or othello@nickelsville.works.

For general and donation information, please email scott@nickelsville.works.

For other issues regarding the encampment, contact the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) Encampment Operator at (206) 957-8067.

About the CAC
The Othello Village Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was established in March 2015 and meets monthly to review camp operations, needs, and ensure that the camp operators and social service providers – Nickelsville and LIHI – are adequately addressing all community concerns and complaints.

Community Advisory Committee members include:
Dick Burkhart
David Chen
Mary Downs
Brian Mack

CAC meeting minutes