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November 15, 4:09 PM click here to comment > 5

Community Meeting on Encampments Thursday, Nov. 18

On Nov. 8, Mayor Mike McGinn announced Seattle was exploring the viability of operating a City-sanctioned homeless encampment of up to 100 to 150 people at the former Sunny Jim peanut butter factory, located in the SODO district at Airport Way South and South Snoqualmie Street. The City plans to seek a nonprofit or other organization to manage the encampment, providing services to residents and data to the City.

The City will hold two community meetings this week to discuss this proposal. Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith will lead the meetings, and he and other City staff will be available to answer questions.

Both meetings will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The first meeting is for adjacent businesses and will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the City of Seattle sign shop, located on the south end of the Sunny Jim site at 4200 Airport Way.

The second meeting is for the general public and will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Showbox SODO, located at 1700 First Ave. S.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Elliott Day at 206-233-2664 or

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Comment from Anne-Marie Cavanaugh
Time November 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I live on the same block in Lake City where Mayor McGinn sited homeless encampment at old Fire Station. I support this encampment. I’m a single mother with two children and I know how hard it is to survive. If you need supporters to talk to the media I am more than happy to talk to reporters.

Anne-Marie Cavanaugh
12728 28th ave NE Apt 412
Seattle, WA 98125

Comment from Phil C
Time November 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

“Dear Mayor McGinn,”

I support your plan to house the homeless at the Sunny Jim site. However, regarding the city’s plan to jam yet another tent city down an unsuspecting neighborhood’s throat (Lake City’s fire station as well as the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church):

How do you as our Mayor (and yes, I voted for you) justify this to the people you supposedly represent? Do you support it? Or will you work to make sure that neighborhoods have a voice in the matter as well?

Once again, SHARE, with the help of our taxdollars, pulls this nonsense. Notice how they always have these feel good “reach out to the neighborhood” meetings AFTER they don’t provide any chance for neighborhood input and sneak in the homeless in the dark of night?

As a Wallingford resident, I speak from experience. That’s exactly how Gift of Grace Lutheran did it to us. No notification whatsoever. And we don’t believe them when they tell us they screen for sex offenses and other criminal behavior. SHARE believes it’s “unAmerican” to screen just to put nervous parents and women at ease. Or they’ll claim that many of the homeless can’t/won’t get identification so, owelll, I guess we’ll have to cross our fingers. SHARE also loves to talk about their “37 strict rules,” but they lie about that, too. There’s no monitoring of what their clients do during the day, and crimes deliberately are unreported so they can keep up the appearance of being responsible. I have a 2 year old daughter, and when I take her to nearby playgrounds like Lower Wallingford and Meridian, I have to watch closely that she doesn’t step in or pick up drug paraphernalia, human feces (yes, not just dog poo), and god knows what else. I’ve seen fights and homeless individuals passed out in the middle of the day. This is inexcusable. We’re just simply trying to raise our families here. The parks belong to all of us; we shouldn’t have to put up with vagrants taking them over.

As I said, I’m fine with them doing a tent city at the Sunny Jim site. And I believe the rest of us who are sick and tired of the coddling of the homeless should support it. Why? Because it’s far enough away form residential neighborhoods, so we won’t have to deal with the bums panhandling, drinking and defecating in our public areas any more than we already do. With any luck, it will encourage some of them to leave our neighborhoods. That of course, is anathema to the very political agenda of SHARE, whose representatives have stated they want the homeless to be “in our face.”

I realize the city misguidedly decided to allow churches to have “special rights” not granted to others to allow dozens of unscreened, unaccountable individuals reside near schools. At the least, I’d like to know if you would support modifying this travesty of a law to require that neighborhoods be canvassed for input long before the tents pop up, and that a majority percentage of the neighborhood actually supports it. We require the same of developers when they want to build townhouses or a supermarket, don’t we?

Even better, I’d like to know if you would support yanking the funding of SHARE, and giving it to a more legitimate homeless organization that actually HELPS the homeless and respects the wishes of the neighborhood.

I’m sick and tired of our neighborhoods being the city’s bum dumping ground.

Comment from Chris S.
Time November 17, 2010 at 1:21 am

Why were there no public meetings regarding the siting of King County’s proposed mental illness & drug crisis diversion facility at 1600 S Lane ST in Seattle? A facility for mentally ill and drug addicted homeless people does not belong in a residential neighborhood in Jackson Place.

At least you’re going through the motions with the Sunny Jim homeless encampment site.

Comment from Chris C
Time November 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Do we know what anyone is doing for homeless right now while it is deathly cold outside. A person could easily freeze to death!

Comment from Oz D
Time March 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

This is wrong because they dont want to survive… If they wanted jobs they would either go get them or start a business… These people should not be allowed to live within the city limits its just not right that we should have to pay for them.. by pay I mean riding the bus with someone that pisses all over themselvses and is always asking me for change and shit its straight wrong and by not helping them we are helping them!