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Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray formed the Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness and tasked the group with making recommendations by Dec. 15 to help the growing number of people who are living on the streets to find shelter during the coming winter.

The mayor has charged the group with advancing the conversation on how the City of Seattle and other jurisdictions in the region can work together, alongside private non-profit organizations and communities of faith, to reduce homelessness and serve the needs of homeless families and individuals.

The emergency task force will also review the Citys current policy on authorized homeless encampments. The review will include where encampments are located, how new sites for legal encampments are identified and how neighborhoods are consulted. The mayor has charged the group with advancing the conversation on how the City of Seattle and other jurisdictions in the region can work together, alongside private non-profit organizations and communities of faith, to reduce homelessness and serve the needs of homeless families and individuals.

The emergency task force held its first meeting on Oct. 23rd and over the next two months, will hold additional meetings, including forums open to the public.

Members of the Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness:
Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Chair
Lamar Campbell, Mockingbird Society Youth Network
Mary Ann DeVry, West Seattle Interfaith Network
Dee Dunbar, Friends of Lewis Park
Alison Eisinger, Seattle/King County Coalition On Homelessness
Anitra Freeman, SHARE/WHEEL
Kathy Gerard, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare
Bill Hallerman, Catholic Community Services
Tim Harris, Real Change
Rex Hohlbein, Facing Homelessness
Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute
Louise Little, University District Partnership
Nicole Macri, Downtown Emergency Services Center
Pastor Robert Manaway, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Vince Matulionis, United Way
Katy Miller, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Melanie Neufeld, Seattle Mennonite Church
Quynh Pham, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Mark Putnam, Committee to End Homelessness
Michael Ramos, Greater Church Council
Jon Scholes, Downtown Seattle Association
Leslie Smith, Pioneer Square Alliance
Trai Williams, Mockingbird Society Youth Network
Member of the Board of Parks Commissioners, TBD

Encampments:

In April 2008, the City of Seattle issued multi-departmental administrative rules and an Executive Order on unauthorized encampments on City property. The purpose of the rules and procedures is to provide City departments with direction on how to respond to such encampments. They provide for a consistent, coordinated and humane response throughout the city.

Unauthorized Encampment Procedures
Revision to the procedures related to outreach

Emergency Services & Ending Homelessness

Everyone needs a safety net. The City of Seattle helps struggling families and homeless people find stable housing and access other services critical to living independently, such as job training, and mental health and health care. We also support special populations, such as persons with HIV/AIDS and children leaving the foster care system.

The City of Seattle offers emergency services in:

In addition, we are a founding agency and major funder of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and we created and support Safe Harbors, a data collection system that will help us end homelessness.

For information about our partners and other programs serving Seattles homeless and hungry populations, visit:

If you are a homeless person needing assistance, please contact the 211 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

If you have concerns or complaints about an encampment on City-owned property, please register your complaint with the Citys Customer Service Bureau. Use the category Customer Service BureauGeneral Inquiry on the Web page.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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