With one sanctioned encampment in our area, and two areas swept nearby, you might be wondering about the city’s newest stats on its homelessness-related effort. Above is the slide deck used when city staffers briefed the City Council’s Human Services and Public Health Committee this afternoon (here’s the PDF version). It included many West Seattle datapoints, so after taking notes while monitoring the briefing via Seattle Channel, we requested the deck to share with you. (Added – here’s the video; the briefing starts at 46 minutes in.)
*Camp Second Chance at the Myers Way Parcels has 33 residents now, four weeks after it was officially sanctioned – that’s about twice what we were told when we visited for this story last month, and about half its ultimate current capacity.
*The Navigation Team has contacted 291 people in the past 8 weeks, and 116 accepted housing/shelter options – a higher percentage than the city had been noting previously.
*In the Spokane Street area that’s being swept this week, the team made 38 total contacts, and eight have moved to indoor shelter or authorized outdoor encampments in the past two days – others got repair assistance or other help in getting their vehicles running, and “1 person accepted entry into a longterm inpatient substance abuse treatment program.” Others who have not accepted shelter/housing did accept other services such as case management.
*The council briefing also talked about encampment-clearing protocols and about other services available, such as sharps pickup and showers (751 unsheltered people have been served by the availability of showers at Delridge Community Center, the presentation noted), as well as trash service.
Meantime, we went over to the Spokane/East Marginal area late this afternoon, and it appeared to be about three-fourths cleared.