Homeless tent camps could find permanent home in Interbay, Magnolia

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by Editor


The Nickelsville homeless tent camp is supposed to move out of its current location in the U-District on November 15. But instead of being forced to find another temporary home, it could soon have a permanent one in Interbay or Magnolia.


Nickelsville camp currently in the U-District

A citizens panel appointed by Mayor McGinn recommends that Seattle put a permanent homeless encampment on city land within a month and open up parks and the basement of City Hall to people with nowhere else to sleep.

KING 5 and our news partner the Seattle Times report the potential sites include two in the Magnolia/Interbay area. One location is on city property under the Magnolia Bridge next to the playfield (1451 23rd Ave W) and the other is the Interbay substation at 3222 17th Ave W.    The remaining sites are in Haller Lake, West Seattle, and South Seattle.

The citizens panel will now look over the list and make its recommendation.  We’ll continue to track developments and bring you reaction throughout the week.


  • Hummer Boy

    Yeah bums!

  • Hummer Boy

    Yeah bums!

  • vanderleun

    Go bums. Soak Seattle without mercy. Show everyone just how gullible they are. Bravo!

  • vanderleun

    Go bums. Soak Seattle without mercy. Show everyone just how gullible they are. Bravo!

  • southslope

    In Brazil they’re called “favelas”. Permanent slums.

    God, I detest McGinn

  • southslope

    In Brazil they’re called “favelas”. Permanent slums.

    God, I detest McGinn

  • Rachel

    next to a playfield? That will be a nice addition to Magnolia

  • Rachel

    next to a playfield? That will be a nice addition to Magnolia

  • Jen

    That’s odd they would pick a place that everyone driving to their million dollar yachts or to enjoy the Palisades would have to drive by a permanent slum. Why can’t McGinn just be happy with his bike?

  • Jen

    That’s odd they would pick a place that everyone driving to their million dollar yachts or to enjoy the Palisades would have to drive by a permanent slum. Why can’t McGinn just be happy with his bike?

  • Peter

    I wish that us taxpayers got to use the parks. Its not safe though for anyone really. Look at yesler and occidental parks over run. I say give them jobs cleaning up graffiti, blackberries and garbage and let them rent their places. Why the continued handouts. Disrupt the gravy train and I bet they will disappear.

  • Peter

    I wish that us taxpayers got to use the parks. Its not safe though for anyone really. Look at yesler and occidental parks over run. I say give them jobs cleaning up graffiti, blackberries and garbage and let them rent their places. Why the continued handouts. Disrupt the gravy train and I bet they will disappear.

  • Sara

    I hate McGinn with the fire that burns a thousand suns.

  • Sara

    I hate McGinn with the fire that burns a thousand suns.

  • vanderleun

    As long as the addicted citizens of Seattle elect and employ in their thousands the minions of this diseased mentality so long shall this infestation grow and thrive in the city.

  • vanderleun

    As long as the addicted citizens of Seattle elect and employ in their thousands the minions of this diseased mentality so long shall this infestation grow and thrive in the city.

  • QARunner

    If MAyor McIdiot is such a standjup guy why not let the bums pitch camp in his backyard. Perhaps because people have a hard time telling the difference between McGinn and a bum?

  • QARunner

    If MAyor McIdiot is such a standjup guy why not let the bums pitch camp in his backyard. Perhaps because people have a hard time telling the difference between McGinn and a bum?

  • CFG

    Bums 1 Soccermoms 0

  • CFG

    Bums 1 Soccermoms 0

  • vanderleun

    I think the best thing would be to move the entire encampment onto the playing fields at the center of upper Queen Anne where all the kneejerk supporters of McGinn can enjoy them first hand. They have access to Bartells, two supermarkets, and a virtually untouched and pluckable panhandling community.

  • vanderleun

    I think the best thing would be to move the entire encampment onto the playing fields at the center of upper Queen Anne where all the kneejerk supporters of McGinn can enjoy them first hand. They have access to Bartells, two supermarkets, and a virtually untouched and pluckable panhandling community.

  • MissingFrame

    I see the self-selected best of humanity here is happy to pick on the homeless.

  • MissingFrame

    I see the self-selected best of humanity here is happy to pick on the homeless.

  • vanderleun

    You’re not just missing a frame. You’re missing quite a few gearteeth in the cogs of you brain. That accounts for the lurching.

    Give me a time and I’ll be standing outside the tent city ready to video tape you giving all you have to the poor.

  • vanderleun

    You’re not just missing a frame. You’re missing quite a few gearteeth in the cogs of you brain. That accounts for the lurching.

    Give me a time and I’ll be standing outside the tent city ready to video tape you giving all you have to the poor.

  • MissingFrame

    I guess if videotaping someone else volunteer their time makes you feel warm inside.

  • MissingFrame

    I guess if videotaping someone else volunteer their time makes you feel warm inside.

  • vanderleun

    You can volunteer from now until cows grow wings and pigs sing opera. That won’t stop this plague from afflicting the city to the proportions of San Francisco.

  • vanderleun

    You can volunteer from now until cows grow wings and pigs sing opera. That won’t stop this plague from afflicting the city to the proportions of San Francisco.

  • vanderleun

    Besides “volunteering time” is for hypocrites. Give ALL that you have was the requirement since you seem to feel that others should give to make you feel good.

  • vanderleun

    Besides “volunteering time” is for hypocrites. Give ALL that you have was the requirement since you seem to feel that others should give to make you feel good.

  • MissingFrame

    It’s sad to think there were probably people like you during the Great Depression as well. I had no idea simply letting someone camp on abandoned land down by the railroad tracks was such a burden on my fellow downtrodden Queen Anne residents.

  • MissingFrame

    It’s sad to think there were probably people like you during the Great Depression as well. I had no idea simply letting someone camp on abandoned land down by the railroad tracks was such a burden on my fellow downtrodden Queen Anne residents.

  • rss61

    It is a very sad statement that there is such a need to create a “permanent” encampment and continue to institutionalize temporary housing.

    It is easy to make judgments when we are not personally facing a crisis == but I think if you actually met and talked to the people who are living at Nickelsville or Tent City — you will see that we are all just one catastrophe or crisis away from being forced to make a similar decision.

    Perhaps instead of criticizing people who need help in our community you can educate yourself about the realities of life in Seattle and think about the people who are forced — not choosing– to live in this situation.

    In January 2010, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s annual One Night Count counted 2,759 people living outside in King County—these were children, adults, and seniors who were on the streets, sleeping in cars, or camping in makeshift campsites. “Families with children” have been identified as the fastest growing group of homeless. The number of families turned away from emergency shelters in King County increased by 19% just this past year. Schools in our state report that there are 20,700 students that are homeless – an increase of 150% in the last 6 years.

  • rss61

    It is a very sad statement that there is such a need to create a “permanent” encampment and continue to institutionalize temporary housing.

    It is easy to make judgments when we are not personally facing a crisis == but I think if you actually met and talked to the people who are living at Nickelsville or Tent City — you will see that we are all just one catastrophe or crisis away from being forced to make a similar decision.

    Perhaps instead of criticizing people who need help in our community you can educate yourself about the realities of life in Seattle and think about the people who are forced — not choosing– to live in this situation.

    In January 2010, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s annual One Night Count counted 2,759 people living outside in King County—these were children, adults, and seniors who were on the streets, sleeping in cars, or camping in makeshift campsites. “Families with children” have been identified as the fastest growing group of homeless. The number of families turned away from emergency shelters in King County increased by 19% just this past year. Schools in our state report that there are 20,700 students that are homeless – an increase of 150% in the last 6 years.

  • tdubs206

    Peter +1

  • tdubs206

    Peter +1

  • October 28, 2010

    An Open Letter to Our MAYBE (maybe not) Future Neighbors:

    Here’s a Greeting and Invitation from the men, women, children and pets of Nickelsville!

    We cordially invite you to a Halloween Open House this Sunday, October 31st. Our Halloween Theme this year is ‘Face Your Fears!.’ This event will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and will feature fun and entertainment for the whole family. There will be tours, treats, and opportunities to get to know each other one on one!

    So come on out and celebrate with us! We are located on the NE corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE in the parking lot of University Congregational United Church of Christ in the University District.

    BE THERE OR BE SCARED!

  • October 28, 2010

    An Open Letter to Our MAYBE (maybe not) Future Neighbors:

    Here’s a Greeting and Invitation from the men, women, children and pets of Nickelsville!

    We cordially invite you to a Halloween Open House this Sunday, October 31st. Our Halloween Theme this year is ‘Face Your Fears!.’ This event will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and will feature fun and entertainment for the whole family. There will be tours, treats, and opportunities to get to know each other one on one!

    So come on out and celebrate with us! We are located on the NE corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE in the parking lot of University Congregational United Church of Christ in the University District.

    BE THERE OR BE SCARED!

  • thatguyinmagnolia

    Let me guess–most popular costume: bum.

  • thatguyinmagnolia

    Let me guess–most popular costume: bum.

  • rss61

    Thank you for the invite to the Open House on Sunday! I hope some other commenters on this blog with take the opportunity to attend with an open mind.

  • rss61

    Thank you for the invite to the Open House on Sunday! I hope some other commenters on this blog with take the opportunity to attend with an open mind.

  • MissingFrame

    Thanks Ibu, this is a great idea, I’ll be walking by for a visit this weekend. Let’s hope it doesn’t cause someone to spill Starbucks in their Range Rover.

  • MissingFrame

    Thanks Ibu, this is a great idea, I’ll be walking by for a visit this weekend. Let’s hope it doesn’t cause someone to spill Starbucks in their Range Rover.

  • vanderleun

    “Our Halloween Theme this year is ‘Face Your Fears!.’”

    If that had been the theme of many of your lives years ago you wouldn’t be throwing this “party.”

  • vanderleun

    “Our Halloween Theme this year is ‘Face Your Fears!.’”

    If that had been the theme of many of your lives years ago you wouldn’t be throwing this “party.”

  • afriye13

    vanderloon: not homeless but heartless.

  • afriye13

    vanderloon: not homeless but heartless.