Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Homeless set up temporary camp outside mayor's home

Carrying bags of belongings and their bedding, and under the watchful eye of Seattle police officers, a few dozen homeless and advocates for the homeless set up temporary camp in front of Mayor Greg Nickels' West Seattle home about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

It was one of what the group SHARE/WHEEL* says will be a series of campouts at politicians' homes, according to its Web site.

Homeless advocate Joe Watson said SHARE/WHEEL is running short of money and cannot afford to pay bus fare to get its homeless clients to more than a dozen SHARE shelters. The campouts are designed to bring attention to the problem.

The group earlier this year asked the city and the mayor's office for an additional $50,000 on top of the more than $300,000 they received this year from the city, to pay for bus vouchers. Their request was turned down.

Read the Seattle Times article here. And check out the post at the Seattle Time Globe (a web site started by laid-off employees of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after the newspaper stopped publishing.)
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* SHARE/WHEEL stands for Seattle Housing and Resource Effort, which is coed, and the Women's Housing, Equality and Enhancement League, which is women-only. The combined groups are, according to their Web site, "King County's largest shelter network, with 15 indoor shelters and 2 tent cities."

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