It’s been a while since I checked in on Seattle homeless situation and it appears the situation has become worse than ever. Yesterday Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote about a growing camp that popped up in a park just feet away from a children’s playground.
Starting in the summer, about 15 to 20 people started living in the park and, in addition to setting up the more typical tents, have now built a wooden, tarp-covered structure with a foundation, along with a paving stone stairway cut into the hillside.
It’s all within 20 feet of the children’s play area — which has some New Holly residents wondering whether they’ve been cut off from City Hall.
“They brought in tools and dolly-loads of scrap cabinet wood and plywood,” Steele, 65, says. “I know they say the homeless have nowhere else to go, but how can you come into a kids’ play area and just build your own structure? There’s got to be something illegal about that.”…
Some New Holly residents have been petitioning the city…for weeks now — about how their kids can’t go to the park during a pandemic, about drug use and nightly smoke from camp fires, about the occasional person in the park shooting a bow and arrow or brandishing a sword. City officials assured New Holly residents that the encampment would be temporary, and that the city’s outreach team, called the Navigation Team, would check on it regularly.
The article notes that even in Seattle, where tolerance for homeless camps is much greater than it is in other parts of the country, having a camp set up adjacent to a kids play area is too much for many residents. But the city has done nothing.