It appears the homeless encampment, dubbed Nickelsville, is moving from their West Marginal Way location. Seattle Times reports:
Nickelsville, the 5-year-old homeless encampment currently on West Marginal Way, plans to move to three different sites this weekend. The Seattle City Council directed the mayor to clear the current site by Sunday.
The group won’t say where it is going. Tim Harris, a homeless advocate, said one of the sites is in the Central District on South Jackson Street and 20th Avenue South, on land owned by the Low Income Housing Institute. Private property owners can apply for a temporary permit to have an encampment on their property, but Harris said the long-term plan is to find a church that will host. The city can’t stop a religious institution from hosting a homeless encampment.
Nickelsville has moved many times during its history. The move saves Mayor Mike McGinn from a problematic campaign photo op he would have faced if he had to clear Nickelsville from its site in a confrontation.
“We were aware they were looking for another site,” said spokesman Aaron Pickus.
Organizers of the homeless encampment Nickelsville have secured two more camp sites, in addition to one they found in the Central District.
The announcement came just three days before the city was scheduled to evict campers from their current location in South Seattle.
Some residents had vowed to stand their ground if they couldn’t find a place to relocate to by September 1st.
“We’re a community that helps one another,” said camper Rachel Johnson. “This is a safe place and this is our family.”
The city dedicated $500,000 to help campers find new homes before the September 1 deadline. By Sunday, outreach workers had relocated at least 47 of the more than 120 campers at the site.
The new locations won’t be disclosed until Friday. Organizers said they wanted to talk to their new neighbors first, before disclosing that information.
The two new sites brings the total number to three. On Sunday, the group said it had secured another camp site near 20th and Jackson in the Central District.
We have confirmed that another location is the empty lot owned by Good Shepard church, which sits at 22nd and Union. Residents nearby were informed of the move with flyers in mailboxes. The lot is being prepared for the residents to move on Sunday.