COVID cases and what else is happening at Camp Second Chance

September 12th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on COVID cases and what else is happening at Camp Second Chance

(First published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

For the first time in the pandemic, Camp Second Chance – the City of Seattle-authorized tiny-house encampment just outside North Highline – has reported COVID cases.

That was one of the updates the CSC Community Advisory Committee heard during its monthly meeting, held online this afternoon.

None of the three were seriously ill, said camp manager Scott Harris; two are a couple. and all three were quarantined at county facilities set aside for that purpose. Camp Second Chance also has another mobile vaccination clinic visiting this week, on Wednesday, with flu and Hepatitis A shots as well as COVID vaccine.

Other updates:

CAMP TOPLINES: Harris said 56 people are currently living at CSC (9701 Myers Way S.). August saw nine arrivals and five exits – three “abandonments” (including a mother and son who were reported to have won a casino jackpot that enabled them to get housing) and one person who transferred to another tiny-house encampment because he wasn’t getting along with people. The camp logged four 911 calls in August, three for medical reasons one call to police for a disruption involving a former resident who had to be trespassed as a result.

CAMP STAFFING: Harris also mentioned LIHI – which holds the city-funded contract to run the camp, and employs him and other paid staffers – is hiring a village organizer, a “security plus” position that is already on board at LIHI’s other tiny-house encampments. Security will be part of the VO’s job, 4-8 pm Wednesday-Sunday, but camp residents will still take turns working security as well.

CAMP MAINTENANCE: Harris is looking for a new 40′ x 60′ tarp for the kitchen structure’s roof. Also, the security shack will be leveled – it sits crookedly on its site, he explained. He’s also hoping to add one or two tiny houses to the site.

NEW CASE MANAGER: A highlight of the meeting was the update from new case manager Marjorie Johnson, the first permanent case manager hired for Camp Second Chance in many months. She said 16 of the residents are working on housing applications; she’s working with three to clear previous eviction debt so they can qualify for apartments. Four are on a list for emergency housing vouchers. One person has joined the Fare Start training program and three more are applying. Two veterans at the camp have “reconnected with the VA.” She has a new relationship with a Burien organization that’s potentially going to help with housing and jobs. In all, she said she has engaged with all but 7 of the campers so far; relationship-building has its challenges, she explained, telling a story of how she managed to bond with one camper because of her dog Diamond – “rapport is one of the #1 things in building trust with people.” All this in just one month on the job. “Marjorie rocks!” enthused Harris.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ CONCERNS: CAC chair Willow Fulton and member Grace Stiller both brought up the continuing issue of pedestrian dangers along Myers Way, where in some places a fence along the west side of the street forces people on foot further into the street. No city staffer was in attendance again this month, though, so they couldn’t raise the concern directly.

NEXT MEETING: A new monthly meeting date hasn’t been worked out yet so at this point they’re continuing with the first Sunday (pushed back a week this month because of Labor Day weekend), 2 pm – that means October 3rd. Connection information is in our ongoing calendar listing.

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SUNDAY: June meeting of Camp Second Chance’s Community Advisory Committee

June 5th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on SUNDAY: June meeting of Camp Second Chance’s Community Advisory Committee

Camp Second Chance, a tiny-house encampment supported by the City of Seattle, is just east of White Center, so you might be interested in its monthly Community Advisory Committee meeting for updates and questions. It’s online at 2 pm tomorrow (Sunday, June 6th). Here’s how to attend/participate:

Join Meeting instantly:
us02web.zoom.us/j/85855234269?pwd=aG1yeDkzTWtmS0MyVENLUzRsYXNBQT09

If needed:
Meeting ID: 858 5523 4269
Password: 9701

Sane codes apply if you dial in – 253-215-8782

Want to be on the mailing list for meeting announcements? c2ccacchair@gmail.com

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Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meeting on second Sunday this month

April 3rd, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news Comments Off on Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meeting on second Sunday this month

The Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee usually meets on the first Sunday of the month, but not this month – because of Easter, the meeting’s been pushed back to April 11th. 2 pm as usual, online – the video participation link is here, phone-in number is 253-215-8782; in either case, meeting ID 858 5523 4269 and passcode 9701.

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance updates @ Community Advisory Committee meeting

March 7th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

All are welcome to the monthly meeting at 2 pm online – get updates, and ask questions, about the Seattle city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment that’s on the edge of North Highline, as the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee meets. The videoconferencing link is here, or you can call in at 253-215-8782, meeting ID 858 5523 4269, password 9701.

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Myers Way shooting investigation

February 25th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, Myers Way, White Center news 4 Comments »

King County Sheriff’s Deputies are in the 10600 block of Myers Way South right now, investigating a shooting. A woman reported a man had been shot, and described the person who did it as male, Asian, 5’10”, 165 pounds, long dark hair, wearing a red bandana, dark sweatshirt, and black pants. We don’t know the victim’s condition; medics have been dispatched. Deputies plan to use a K9 to search.

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What Camp Second Chance’s Community Advisory Committee heard at February meeting

February 9th, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog</strong>)

Camp Second Chance, at 9701 Myers Way S., remains this area’s only tiny-house encampment sanctioned by the City of Seattle, though the city wants to add more citywide. CSC’s Community Advisory Committee meets every month for updates and community Q&A; here’s what happened at its February meeting, which happened online this past Sunday afternoon:

CAMP UPDATE: CSC’s site coordinator Eric Pattin said 54 people are there now, 15 women and 39 men. One person moved into affordable housing; two others left. Four emergency calls were made over the past month. Asked to elaborate, Pattin replied, “Mainly medical, one domestic violence.” The latter resulted in one of the departures he had mentioned.

CASE MANAGEMENT UPDATE: José Ruiz from LIHI, the encampment operator, is handling this right now, until a new case manager is available to resume work at the site. He says a woman from CSC will be moving to housing this week; he’s also working with a social worker from Providence to help two people move. They also have three veterans who are registering with a program. In 2020, 52 percent of the people who exited CSC went to permanent housing.

MORE LIHI UPDATES: Josh Castle talked about the Hope Factory – the new tiny-house-building operation that has its roots at CSC – open house this past Saturday; “that was pretty exciting.” He replied to a question following up earlier concerns about behavioral/mental-health services for villagers. He said that though LIHI hasn’t signed a deal yet, it plans to contract with behavioral-health specialists “so they are available to multiple villages.” Discussion ensued about ensuring someone is available for CSC. Andrew Constantino said that some of LIHI’s older village like CSC will be adding staff, likely an evening person, though the job’s not posted yet.

COMMITTEE UPDATE: Chair Willow Fulton says things on Myers Way overall “are going fairly well” although she’s noticed more people who are likely staying in nearby unsanctioned camps. The recent stormy weather brought down trees on Myers Way, and power lines, and during one bout of bad weather she noticed Camp Second Chance residents helping direct drivers safely around the area. “It was a heartwarming and impressive thing … they were out there for hours.” She expressed appreciation and “huge kudos” to the campers who did that. … Arrowhead Gardens resident Judi Carr said they’ve seen “more people walking around” and some trash has turned up near the complex entrance, so she’ll be reporting that to the city via Find It Fix It. She’s hearing that some of her neighbors are starting to get vaccinated though she herself hasn’t had luck finding an appointment yet. Another AG resident in attendance said they’re trying to become a vaccination site but haven’t had any luck getting vaccine access yet … Committee member Cinda Stenger helped a former camp resident, who’s been in temporary housing, go look for permanent housing (in Snohomish County) … Member Grace Stiller said the weed-removal program at CSC is “going well – moving forward, digging roots” and is tackling a “huge pile of blackberries” before tree-planting. … Stevi Hamill from Fauntleroy UCC, which is continuing a partnership with the camp via its homelessness initiative, said the church id helping in any way they can.

CITY UPDATE: Shawn Neal from the Human Services Department said that “more villages are in the works … though it’s going more slowly” than they would prefer. City Councilmember Andrew Lewis has proposed expanding the tiny-house system; here’s the proposal (note that the potential site list does not show any West Seattle locations).

NEW MEETING TIME? The group has been considering a change from the regular 2 pm first Sunday. If you have an opinion on times that do and don’t work, email Fulton at c2ccacchair@gmail.com. Next meeting is likely to be in the regular spot, though, Sunday, March 7th, 2 pm, online.

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SUNDAY: Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Council

February 3rd, 2021 Tracy Posted in Myers Way, White Center news 1 Comment »

Just over the North Highline/Seattle line on Myers Way is Camp Second Chance, the tiny-house encampment supported by the City of Seattle. Every month, the camp’s Community Advisory Committee has a community meeting for updates and questions, and the next one is at 2 pm this Sunday (February 7th). Here’s how to attend/participate:

Join Meeting instantly:
us02web.zoom.us/j/85855234269?pwd=aG1yeDkzTWtmS0MyVENLUzRsYXNBQT09

If needed:
Meeting ID: 858 5523 4269
Password: 9701

Sane codes apply if you dial in – 253-215-8782

Want to be on the mailing list for meeting announcements? c2ccacchair@gmail.com

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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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