Updates from Camp Second Chance at December’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

December 6th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, West Seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Updates from Camp Second Chance at December’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

(Originally published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

(File photo)

Camp Second Chance, the city-supported tiny-house encampment that’s just over the Seattle city-limit line from North Highline, remains COVID-free. That’s one of the updates from this afternoon’s monthly online meeting of the Myers Way encampment’s Community Advisory Committee. Meeting toplines:

CAMP UPDATE: Eric Pattin, co-founder and site coordinator, said 55 people are living at CSC right now, 20 women and 35 men. Two people have left for housing in the past month, and three people have arrived. One person was required to leave for violating the camp’s “no weapons” rule by bringing in a gun. Pattin said that “residents took action without anyone getting hurt,” confiscating the weapon until authorities arrived. That was one of four 911 calls to the camp in the past month; he said the others were medical. In Q&A, Pattin said the camp is using the former tiny-house-building tent (left behind when Sound Foundations NW moved that operation to a SODO facility) for meetings, and planning to add flooring in the future so it can be used more of a rec/community center. How they’re going to get that flooring hasn’t yet been worked out.

CITY UPDATE: Shawn Neal from the Human Services Department was the first City of Seattle rep to attend the CAC meeting in several months. He noted that the Navigation Team has been replaced by the HOPE Team, though the latter will mostly work with providers rather than directly with camps and campers. They’re still working out how concerns can be referred to that team. An request-for-qualifications process recently was conducted with the goal of opening more shelter spaces soon, Neal said, including adding hotel rooms, enhanced shelter, villages (tiny-house encampments), as many current places at capacity.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ UPDATES: Cinda Stenger said Alki UCC is providing a hot breakfast to the camp on Christmas morning and is interested in anyone who’d like to help; contact the church. … Chair Willow Fulton plans to talk with other CACs around the city about “building a network” to help former encampment residents who have moved into housing but need ways to “stay connected” after losing the support systems that the camps provide. “It just helps folks in that next step,” Fulton said. “Just getting into housing doesn’t necessarily cover everything you need.” … Fauntleroy UCC continues its involvement, recently providing electric blankets for camp residents. … Nearby area concerns shared by multiple CAC members included: Some signs of renewed unsanctioned camping in the greenbelt across Myers Way, and some trash concerns in the area, including illegal dumping by people who come to the area specifically for that. Street racing, too – speeding drivers at all kinds are a threat to campers and others walking in the area. Neal said he’d have city colleagues look into it.

PANDEMIC: Since this topic hadn’t come up as the meeting was winding down, we asked about it. Still no positive COVID-19 tests among campers, Pattin replied, adding that he’s working on arranging for everyone to be tested again in the next week.

NEXT MEETING: 2 pm Sunday, January 3rd, online; if you’d like to be on the announcement list, email c2ccacchair@gmail.com.

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UPDATE: Robbery investigation in Top Hat

November 29th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, Myers Way, Top Hat, White Center news 2 Comments »

King County Sheriff’s Deputies are arriving at the West Seattle Marijuana Store in Top Hat (10825 Myers Way S.) after a report that the shop was robbed at gunpoint. Deputies are looking for multiple suspects who are reported to have left on foot. You’ll see deputies taking up “containment” spots for some distance around the area. The robbers are described as 3 Black men in their 20s, wearing hoodies – one blue, one green, one gray – and at least two with backpacks. Updates if and when we get more information.

ADDED MONDAY: No new details except that no one’s been arrested, says KCSO.

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TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

July 12th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

The monthly Community Advisory Committee meeting for Camp Second Chance on Myers Way is usually on the first Sunday of the month, but because of the holiday, the CAC meeting was delayed a week to today, 2 pm. Here’s how to join:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 858 5523 4269
Password: 9701
By phone: 253 215 8782

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TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

April 5th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

The volunteers who meet monthly to talk about the Seattle-supported encampment on Myers Way, the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee, will meet today, online, at 2 pm:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 767 249 272
Password: 9701
or
+1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 767 249 272

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Church sponsorship will extend Myers Way stay at least through March 2021

November 22nd, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on CAMP SECOND CHANCE: Church sponsorship will extend Myers Way stay at least through March 2021

(West Seattle Blog photo, June 2019)

From our partner site West Seattle Blog: The city of Seattle has struck a deal with Fauntleroy Church to sponsor Camp Second Chance, and that means at least another year for the tiny-house encampment on Myers Way. LIHI will remain the camp’s operator, but the church will lease the land on which the camp sits. The lease won’t involve any monetary exchange between the city and church, and the church is strictly forbidden from any kind of religious activity at the camp. This was announced at last night’s city-convene meeting about the camp’s future; read the full WSB story, which includes meeting video, by going here.

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Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday

November 1st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday

If you have a question or comment about Camp Second Chance, the Seattle-sanctioned encampment on the Myers Way Parcels, you can bring it to the CSC Community Advisory Committee meeting this Sunday, November 3rd, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW). Also, reminder that the city is holding a community meeting about the future of the encampment – currently renewed through March – on November 21st, 6:30 pm at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way S.)

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CAMP SECOND CHANCE: City of Seattle announces November meeting

October 18th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on CAMP SECOND CHANCE: City of Seattle announces November meeting

The City of Seattle’s long-promised meeting about the future of Camp Second Chance has finally been announced: 6:30 pm Thursday, November 21st, at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way S.), north of the encampment. CSC is now in its fourth year on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels. In September, shortly after announcing another six-month extension for its permit to be there, the city said that if they don’t reach an agreement with a potential “faith-based sponsor,” they’ll start planning to dismantle the camp. As of last month, 55 people were living at CSC.

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

October 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

One month ago, the City of Seattle announced another extension of the permit for tiny-house encampment Camp Second Chance on Myers Way. Sunday, the Community Advisory Committee meets, and you’re welcome to bring questions/comments/concerns. The meeting is at 2 pm at the community room on the east side of Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW).

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Camp Second Chance gets another 6-month extension

September 7th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on Camp Second Chance gets another 6-month extension

The city of Seattle has announced that Camp Second Chance will get another six months – through March 2020 – on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels, just over the city-county line from unincorporated North Highline. For details, see our report on partner site West Seattle Blog.

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

July 6th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

At last month’s meeting, the Community Advisory Committee for Camp Second Chance, the Seattle-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way, hadn’t decided whether to meet this month or not. But they’ve since announced they’ll keep to the usual first-Sunday schedule, so if you have a comment, question, or other interest in C2C, you’re invited to the meeting at the Arrowhead Gardens community room (9200 2nd SW) a few blocks north of the encampment, 2 pm Sunday (July 7th).

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

May 4th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee

Reminder: If you have comments, questions, or concerns about the Seattle-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way, Camp Second Chance, you’ll want to be at the Community Advisory Committee meeting Sunday, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW, a few blocks north of C2C).

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Camp Second Chance questions, concerns, comments? Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday

April 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 2 Comments »

For the first time since Seattle city government announced it would extend Camp Second Chance‘s stay at 9701 Myers Way S. at least six more months, the camp’s Community Advisory Committee meets Sunday. While the CAC is not a decisionmaking group – its members are community volunteers – the meetings usually have reps from the city and from camp operator LIHI in attendance, and there’s a community comment period for questions, concerns, etc. The meeting is at 2 pm Sunday (April 7th) in the community room on the east side of Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW).

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Camp Second Chance: What’s next

January 31st, 2019 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

Notes about the Seattle-sanctioned encampment just over the line from North Highline, Camp Second Chance (9701 Myers Way S.):

-The encampment’s Community Advisory Council meets this Sunday at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW), 2 pm. The meeting is scheduled to run no longer than 3 pm because it’s Super Bowl Sunday.

-If you are interested in the camp’s future but weren’t at either of two West Seattle meetings last week and haven’t seen our coverage on West Seattle Blog, here are the links: The Westside Interfaith Network‘s meeting for camp supporters (Monday, January 21), and the Highland Park Action Committee‘s meeting for community comment as it decides whether to support an extension (Wednesday, January 23rd).

-If you have a comment, the city says you are welcome to send it to homelessness@seattle.gov – no timeline yet for decisionmaking on a possible extension but one is promised “soon.”

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

November 3rd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance’s Community Advisory Committee meeting

Just a reminder that Sunday brings the monthly meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for city-sanctioned Camp Second Chance, a place of interest to both sides of the county/city line. If you have a question/concern, this is the place to bring it. The committee meeting is open to all, 2 pm in the community room at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW), a few blocks north of the encampment.

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SUNDAY: City of Seattle reps at Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meeting

October 6th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: City of Seattle reps at Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meeting

Last month, nobody from the City of Seattle was present for the regular monthly meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for its sanctioned encampment near the county/city line, Camp Second Chance. This month, they’re apparently making up for it. Here’s the full announcement for tomorrow’s meeting:

The next meeting of the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee will be Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 pm.

Arrowhead Gardens Community Room, 9200 2nd Ave SW.

This month, in addition to our usual updates and stats from the camp, we will have guests joining us from the City of Seattle for a Q & A on housing and to help answer the question: What is the City doing to build new affordable housing quickly?

Dan Foley, Office of Housing
Jesseca Brand, Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA)
Lisa Gustaveson, Human Services Department

We will also be receiving an update on the recent cleanup activities and future plans for the area on the east side of Myers Way.

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Myers Way east-side cleanup has begun

September 25th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

That photo from Monday afternoon shows just a few of the many vehicles marshaled for the major cleanup under way in the east-side woods along Myers Way. As we’ve been reporting on partner site West Seattle Blog, Southwest Precinct police have been saying for two weeks that this was finally happening, and on Monday, the city announced it was under way. They explain here what they’re doing and what’s planned for the site to keep it from reverting once the cleanup’s over. Meantime, we’re told the most-extensive work is likely to take all week. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is scheduled to speak at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee, which along with other groups including the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council has long been agitating for the city (and state, since WSDOT owns the right-of-way along Highway 509) to do something here.

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Quick updates as Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets

September 9th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 4 Comments »

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

More tiny houses and a permanent camp manager were among the updates at a brief meeting of the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee this afternoon.

Community Advisory Council members present were chair Willow Fulton, a nearby resident; Judi Carr, a resident of Arrowhead Gardens (where the committee meets); Aaron Garcia of the White Center Community Development Association; Cinda Stenger of the Westside Interfaith Network and Alki UCC; and Grace Stiller of Weed Warriors.

Present from camp operator LIHI were Josh Castle. C2C manager Eric Davis announced he will soon be in that role as a LIHI employee, after about a year. (That drew a round of applause at meeting’s end.) Davis is a camp founder and managed C2C in a paid position under the original camp operator Patacara, but the camp changed operators during a time of controversy and Davis’s position did not become a job again until now.

He presented the monthly update on the city-sanctioned encampment: 45 residents (34 men and 11 women), four of them new, six moved out for jobs/housing/family reunification; one moved out for treatment; no one was barred during the month.

No City of Seattle rep this time – Tom Van Bronkhorst, the usual rep, was absent. Fulton had hoped for a city rep to be present as usual because on the city side of Myers Way – not related to C2C, she made clear – there are new problems including vehicles in various states of disrepair/demolition.

She feels that such dumping/activity is a magnet for more trouble – “people see it as a dumping ground because it looks like a dumping ground” – so she feels the city should patrol the area regularly rather than wait for complaints. Davis said that vehicles like this are being stripped at 2, 3 am and yes, he said, they have called police. “They just need someone to drive up and down there for six months to get it under control, midnight to six am.”

Fulton says it would be great to have a camera of some sort in the area.

Liz Giba of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council suggested working with King County Sheriff’s Office White Center storefront Deputy Bill Kennamer. Fulton noted that the problems seem to be on the Seattle side and the two sides pass them back and forth “like a hot potato.”

Stenger said Alki UCC has completed eight more tiny houses for the camp and has money to build five more. On September 22nd, the camp will host a celebration and blessing of the eight new houses, starting at noon, with music and food. (All welcome!) She also said she’s working on “the shower issue” and “might have a solution for that.” The camp now has 31 tiny houses and 22 tents.

Castle noted that the County Council has taken its vote on whether to give tax money to the Mariners or to affordable housing, and says more was shifted to the latter than originally proposed. (Added: The final vote is on September 17th; what a committee approved on September 5th was to allocate $165 million more lodging-tax dollars to affordable housing than originally proposed.)

Absent any community concerns, or formal agenda items, the meeting adjourned after half an hour. Next one will be 2 pm October 7th, also at Arrowhead Gardens.

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Camp Second Chance advisory committee meeting set for September 9th

August 30th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee has decided what to do about September, given that its usual first-Sunday meeting would fall during Labor Day weekend. They’ve announced the meeting will be Sunday, September 9th, instead, 2 pm at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW). The public is welcome at these meetings – bring your questions/concerns/comments about the Seattle-sanctioned encampment.

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TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets

August 5th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets

If you have concerns/questions about Camp Second Chance, the City of Seattle-sanctioned encampment that’s close to the North Highline border on Myers Way, or just want to hear the latest on its operations, its Community Advisory Committee meets today (Sunday, August 5th). The 2 pm meeting at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW) is the C2C CAC’s first meeting in two months. It also comes less than a week after the city posted an update on the overall sanctioned-encampment program, including a brief overview of C2C.

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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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