Homeless camp puts down roots
A lot of cities view homeless encampments like weeds that have sprung up in the civic garden. Sacramento and Fort Worth, for example, have shut them down.
-- with the city's OK
Seattle, though, is taking a different approach: It wants a city-run camp on city-owned property.
Residents share in the camp's management. Peggy Hotes, one of the camp's organizers, thinks that helps people get back on their feet.
"I've seen people come in here with their heads down," she says. "Then they're elected to something. And they see that they can participate in making things better, to help solve the issue of homelessness."
Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith admits that a permanent tent city is not the ideal response to homelessness. But he thinks it's worth a try.
"No one seems to have come up with a perfect situation or a perfect location to do something like this," he says. "But we don't want excellent — what we're grasping for ... [is] something basic that can really help people."
Read (and listen) to the NPR report here.