Council gets briefed on The Jungle: we’re going to need a bigger table

This morning the City Council got a briefing on the recent assessment of the East Duwamish Greenbelt homeless encampment, better known as “The Jungle.” You can read the assessment team’s written report here, or my summary here. The factual part of this morning’s briefing didn’t relay much information beyond what was in the report, instead the council members were eager to discuss an appropriate response.

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The Jungle

Many of us heard about the Seattle homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” for the first time late last month when a double homicide occurred there. That same night, Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Governor Jay Inslee agreed to a joint assessment of the site to gather data on the conditions there and the risks and hazards posed by its ongoing presence. That report is now in, and the City Council will be briefed on it tomorrow morning. And it’s far, far worse than you imagined.

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Three Big Questions on the Homeless Response

After the last couple of weeks, we have a lot more information about the city’s (and its partners’) response to the homelessness crisis in Seattle. But many questions remain, and when Council member Sally Bagshaw convenes her meeting on Wednesday with the stakeholders, I humbly suggest these three big questions should be the focus of the conversation.

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