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August 23, 7:40 AM click here to comment > 5

Citizen review panel to make recommendations on housing and services for Seattle’s unsheltered homeless population

Mayor Mike McGinn last week announced the formation of a citizen review panel to make encampment policy recommendations to the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle City Council. This group has been convened to provide recommendations that are sensitive to the changing economic climate and the city’s ongoing budget realities.

A memo detailing the effort and questions for the review panel’s consideration is attached to this release. The following is a list of those serving on the panel.

Alison Eisinger, Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness, executive director

Tim Harris, Real Change, executive director,

Bill Hobson, Downtown Emergency Service Center, executive director

Vince Matulionis, United Way of King County

Bill Block, Committee to End Homelessness, project director

Sheila Sebron, Committee to End Homelessness, veteran

Michael Ramos, Church Council, executive director

Bill Hallerman, Catholic Community Services, director

Amy Hagopian, University of Washington

Tom Tierney, Seattle Housing Authority, executive director

Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson


Comment from GLG
Time October 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

(note: this is not intedned to be antagonistic – just wondering)

We have had a system for housing people in need – the Seattle Hosing Authority – for generations. Why isn’t that public institution capable of assisting citizens who become homeless? Just wondering – seems like that is what it is for. Presumably, the people in Public Housing would be homeless if they didn’t have SHA.


Comment from GLG
Time October 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

PS – I have had the occasion to voluntee at Nickelsville. I did notice that the circumstances inherently called the participants to rely on each other – and therefore be reliable. Due to the circumstances, many individuals there contributed to others in a way that they would not if they were alone or provided for by an institution. I can appreciate the paradox that there maybe an element of self-determination that living on the edge of survival offers that is a positive – if it offers a platform for further growth. This then asks what is the post-Nickelsville track record of people who have been resident over the past years? Do people move on to better circumstances? Where have people gone?

Comment from Betty Solero
Time October 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

“Permanent” temporary housing of 100-150 homeless dropped into a neighborhood of property tax payers . . . get ready for the lawsuits. Mind you, 100-150 of ANYTHING, be it starlings, bunnies, or human beings negatively impact a finite environment. Even homeless people don’t want to be corralled with other homeless people. May I suggest you don’t eat this elephant whole?

Comment from Tamsen Spengler
Time October 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I wonder if anyone has considered using the many empty boxcars we have here for housing. I saw photos of one re-furbished and there’s a lot of room for beds and tables to eat on. Just need some kind of bathing facility located near them.

Comment from Dennis Bejin
Time January 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

Most homeless people are eligible for SHA LIPH. The problem is that chronically homeless individuals, who make up only 10-20 percent of the homeless, and often come from prision and mental institution, do not meet the eligibility standards.

When SHA attempts to put these individuals directly off the street, and into permanent public housing, it’s a disaster, and will ruin public housing.