Should HPAC Support Camp Second Chance Permit Extension?
Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) has been requested to support the permit extension by two community groups, Martin Westerman, Director of Seattle Green Spaces Coalition (SGSC) and CSC Community Advisory Committee.

We have also received emails from neighbors about issues with encampments and RVs in the neighborhood not being addressed.

Background:

“Camp Second Chance is one of six encampments authorized and funded by the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department as part of the City’s emergency response to homelessness.” Founded on April, 9th 2016 – officially permitted on March 2017 by the City of Seattle. The Human Services Department extended the permit on June 7, 2018 for the Myers Way/Camp Second Chance to remain at 9701 Myers Way South for an additional 12 months, until March 2019. There is a request for a continued permit.

The Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) Section 23.42.056, Subsection E.1 states that a transitional encampment may only be permitted for 12 months at a site, with only one allowed extension for an additional 12 months. Further, SMC 23.42.056, Subsection E.2 states that a time period of 12 months must elapse after the end of the period in which a transitional encampment was sited at any property before another encampment can be permitted at that site.

On June 7, 2018, the Seattle Human Services Department announced that the permit for siting of Camp Second Chance at the Myers Way Parcels had been extended for 12 months until March 2019 (part of that extension was applied retroactively at the time of this announcement): https://homelessness.seattle.gov/hsd-recommends-extending-permit-for-camp-second-chance-on-myers-way/

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Should HPAC support a permit extension for Camp Second Chance at Myers Way Location? *
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What policies/practices/resources would you want to see the City of Seattle enact when a neighborhood is asked to host a sanctioned encampment? Rate 1 not as important to 5 very important
Provide a plan to address an increase in police, fire, EMS, and other services for the neighborhood.
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Provide a plan & timeline for addressing existing un-sanctioned encampments and RVs in the area and how any future un-sanctioned encampments that may develop as a result of the sanctioned encampment being in the area will be handled.
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Provide regular updates and feedback sessions via community meetings at least every quarter in addition to the community advisory council.
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Assign a consistent contact within the City of Seattle to be a single point of contact for neighbors and businesses for specific issues related to the encampment, as well as the unsanctioned encampments/RVs in the area, and coordinate any needs between other departments, outside of any emergency situations.
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Increase patrol officers by a certain percentage when a neighborhood is hosting a sanctioned encampment.
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Provide additional funding and resources for infrastructure improvement in the neighborhood a hosting a sanctioned encampment.
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What other issue areas would you like to see HPAC to work on?
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