CAMP SECOND CHANCE: April 5 deadline for renewal comments; April 8 meeting for Community Advisory Committee

April 1st, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on CAMP SECOND CHANCE: April 5 deadline for renewal comments; April 8 meeting for Community Advisory Committee

Two notes today about the City of Seattle-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way, Camp Second Chance:

DEADLINE FOR RENEWAL COMMENTS: April 5th – this Thursday – is the city’s deadline for comments on whether the encampment’s permit should be renewed for another year. We covered the recent community meeting on the proposed renewal here; you can comment by e-mailing homelessness@seattle.gov (with Myers Way in the subject line) and/or calling 206-727-8496.

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The first Sunday of the month would normally be the meeting date for Camp Second Chance’s city-mandated Community Advisory Committee, but because of the holidays, the meeting will instead be next Sunday, April 8th – usual time and place, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW). Our coverage of last month’s committee meeting is here.

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: City of Seattle sets meeting for comments on 2nd-year permit

March 4th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

Just announced at the monthly Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meeting: The City of Seattle is reviewing whether to renew the permit for the sanctioned encampment to remain at its site on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels for a second year, and as part of the renewal process, a community meeting is now set for 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 20th, at the Joint Training Facility (which is near the camp, 9401 Myers Way S.) If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can e-mail comments to homelessness@seattle.gov (write “Myers Way” in the subject line) and/or call 206-727-8496. The notice says comments will be accepted through April 5th.

Though the camp actually has been at the site for a year and a half (initially moving onto the Myers Way Parcels without authorization in summer 2016), its status as a city-sanctioned encampment didn’t officially start until March of last year, so that’s why the renewal discussion is happening now. We haven’t found the meeting announcement online yet but we photographed the flyer’s two pages – see them here and here.

Later tonight, we’ll publish our report on the rest of the meeting; the encampment also was discussed at this past Thursday’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, and our report on that will be up soon too.

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SUNDAY: Community Advisory Committee for Camp Second Chance

February 3rd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Community Advisory Committee for Camp Second Chance

The first Sunday afternoon of the month brings the Community Advisory Committee meeting for Camp Second Chance, the City of Seattle-sanctioned encampment near the entrance to the city-owned Myers Way Parcels. It’s the usual time and place, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens‘ community room (9200 2nd SW). This time, we took the liberty of asking the city Human Services Department about a couple things that seem to come up every month – the camp operator’s contract, and what’s involved in renewing the camp’s permit for a second sanctioned year. Both are addressed in this preview published Friday on West Seattle Blog.

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Updates @ Community Advisory Committee’s first meeting of the year

January 8th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

The Community Advisory Committee for Camp Second Chance, the City of Seattle-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way, continues to meet the first Sunday of each month, and we continue to cover those meetings in order to get updated information about the encampment. Updates this month included the camp population (down a few), a new staffer hired by camp operator LIHI, and a request that the city take care of trash that hasn’t been getting picked up along the road nearby. Our full report is published on partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Camp Second Chance: Will it get a second year?

November 6th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on Camp Second Chance: Will it get a second year?

This past Sunday, the afternoon snow didn’t get in the way of the Community Advisory Committee meeting for Camp Second Chance, the Seattle-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way. The wide-ranging discussion included updates on the camp’s status, two months after it changed operators – including a drop in its population – as well as much talk about whether it would be renewed for a second year. You can read the full story on our partner site West Seattle Blog.

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THURSDAY: Myers Way homelessness in the spotlight @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

October 1st, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, North Highline UAC, White Center news 2 Comments »

As announced by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council:

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7 pm

Where: North Highline Fire Station at 1243 SW 112th Street in White Center 
 (Parking and Entrance are in the Back of the Station)

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Please join NHUAC, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Sheriff John Urquhart, Senior Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett, and Seattle’s Director of Homelessness, George Scarola, in what is sure to be an important conversation about homelessness on Myers Way.

The Committee to End Homelessness was supposed to complete its mission by 2015. It didn’t. Homelessness continues to increase. Some of the reasons are economic inequality, skyrocketing rents, and the elimination of affordable housing, especially in Seattle. Research shows that every $100 rent increase leads to a 15 percent increase in the number of people pushed into homelessness.

Many found Myers Way. Camp Second Chance was eventually sanctioned by Seattle. However, there are an unknown number of campers living in the woods surrounding Camp Second Chance. Residents of North Highline and Seattle have been frustrated with the changes along Myers Way. It is time to have a conversation!

Good of the Order: Do you have something of community import on your mind? Join us and share!

See you Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7 pm – Because Knowledge Is Power!

P.S. The community advisory committee for Camp Second Chance met today, and we’ll have that report sometime in the next 24 hours.

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MYERS WAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday

September 29th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on MYERS WAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday

For the first time since the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) has taken over as the operator of Seattle-sanctioned Camp Second Chance on Myers Way, the camp’s Community Advisory Committee will meet this Sunday. The public is welcome at the meeting, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens; we confirmed the time/date today with LIHI rep Josh Castle. Conditions on Myers Way outside the camp also tend to come up at the committee meetings, and Seattle Police have swept both sides of the street recently – on the west side, to create a walkway to and from transit facilities at AG, on the east side, to enforce parking regulations, according to what SPD Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith told the Highland Park Action Committee this past Wednesday night.

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Community Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled; campers hear from city and likely new operator

August 24th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Community Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled; campers hear from city and likely new operator

Two updates on the changes at City of Seattle-sanctioned Camp Second Chance on Myers Way:

-This month’s Community Advisory Committee meeting, postponed from its early-August date, has now been rescheduled for this Sunday, August 27th, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens.

-We’ve published another update on the camp’s status, after covering a meeting Wednesday afternoon at CSC with city reps, campers, and leaders of the camp’s likely new operator, LIHI. Here’s the full story.

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Management changes at Seattle-sanctioned camp

August 19th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 2 Comments »

For those tracking homelessness-related issues on Myers Way: On our partner site West Seattle Blog, we’re reporting on management changes at city-sanctioned Camp Second Chance. Its official fiscal sponsor and managing organization, Patacara Community Services, is withdrawing, and the city is talking with the Low-Income Housing Institute – which has a role in all five of the other Seattle-sanctioned encampments – about taking over. Meantime, its resident manager and co-founder Eric Davis says he was evicted and fired – he says it happened after camp leaders asked questions about the status of private funding to build more “tiny houses” at CSC; Patacara says it was “because he was failing to uphold the camp’s code of conduct.” Read the full story here.

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Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee’s August meeting postponed

August 4th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee’s August meeting postponed

Just received this morning, on behalf of the city-mandated advisory committee for the city-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the public Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for this Sunday, August 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, has been postponed. We will send an update with the new date/time/location as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding,

Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

The meetings have been happening on first Sundays, with Arrowhead Gardens‘ community room as the most-recent location. We’ll publish an update when we get word of the new plan for the next meeting.

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