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Seattle’s tent city to move to permanent location

NickelsvilleSeaOfTents-fullNickelsville, the Seattle tent city that cropped up last year in protest of Mayor Greg Nickels’ policies on homelessness, will move to a permanent location on June 5, according to its organizers.

Though they haven’t announced what the new location will be, Nickelsville’s organizers say the new site will have ten times the capacity of the church lot they’ve stayed on for the last three months.

The cluster of 155 bright pink tents first formed in September in South Seattle. The tent city has moved several times as the city and state have evicted them from public lands.

Last week, the city dropped criminal tresspassing charges against 23 people who were arrested at Nickelsville in October. Read more on the Real Change blog.

Street Roots’ most recent coverage of Dignity Village, Portland’s only permanent tent city, is now online here and here.

– Mara Grunbaum

This week on the homeless front…

October 21, 2008

Tax credit crunch hits affordable housing in Oregon.

D.C. also hit hard.

In Ireland market rate housing is now cheaper than affordable housing schemes.

The USA Today reports “New homeless numbers alarming.”

The Housing Minister in British Columbia slams a court decision to allow people experiencing homelessness in parks. In the meantime, police say campers can expect early wake-up calls while the city appeals the decision. The debate in Victoria and Vancouver is raging.

The City of Seattle orders a new tent city encampment called “Nickelsville” to merge with the already existing tent city or face legal consequences. Read more about the emergence of Nickelsville from our sister paper in Seattle, Real Change.

Nevada tent cities rise in shadow of casinos.

Posted by Israel Bayer

This week on the homeless front

October 14, 2008

A B.C. Supreme Court ruled that people experiencing homelessness can legally camp in city parks.

A traveling homeless camp named after the mayor of Seattle called “Nickelsville” has moved for a third time since September.

A tent city with more than 160 people in Reno is swept with the promise of more services.

Homeless numbers in Massachusetts hit a record high.

Three years after Katrina, 6,500 federally subsidized New Orleans apartments sit empty.

Posted by Israel Bayer