as far as i know, tent city 4 still exists.
i believe it is still supported by the Catholic Diocese..
i don't know what kind of arrangement Scott came to with them but i do know there were negotiations that resulted in a continuing commitment to tent city 4.
Camp Unity is the part of tent city 4 that did not agree to that compromise and split off.
I believe they are in the process of filing as a 5013c.
they are currently hosted by an Eastside Church that i believe to be either in the process of getting the necessary permits or already have them.
I follow them on facebook at happy.camper eastside..
at least i think i got it right..
i am not so good with these things.
What Camp Unity has that the campers who would have liked to split off from Nickelsville to form a true self managed tent city don't is a church that has a recent history of hosting the homeless... and thus qualifies for a permit.
Although there are several churches here on the West side that have gone above and beyond doing what they can for Nickelsville,
so far we don't have a church with recent experience hosting the homeless that is willing to host a break off group of campers...
if we did.. there are plenty of people willing to help those campers get their permit and file for 501c3 status...
I agree that it appears that drugs have become a significant problem at Nickeslville again... or at least they were...
though to be honest. I don't know that i could escape the temptation of drugs if i lived there... anything that would allow you to escape the misery of that life would be incredibly tempting.
I do know that the residents regularly try to police their own encampment...
I have heard that the latest set of elections have put a better arbitration team and possibly a better security team in place...
but i also know they don't get much support from their advisers in their efforts.
and yes, i know that for a fact.
On more than one occasion I have personally alerted Scott to drug and other problems within the camp.
As far as i can see the only response to that has been an effort to discover what evidence i had and to create excuses and alibis and to try to get me banned from camp.
for all i know i am banned as i type for what i have written in the past few days.
I don't know since i haven't been in camp much for a while due to some rather severe health problems.
like Jan.. i really can't afford to got there right now:(
it is hard telling whether there are still enough campers in Nickelsville that have worked with me in the past to fight a permanent ban.
But i am still in contact with a wide range of campers ..
some currently living in camp and some not.
and very involved with a group of people who do what they can for those who want to work their way out.
i do't know if you visit facebook or not..
but Nickeslville currently has two groups...
the official site is Nickelsville Works...
it is .. or was.. heavily edited for content
The other site is Nickelsville
it is moderated by one of our own posters here on the forum and is edited only for the same kind of rules that exist here.
and then there is my favorite facebook site for the homeless in Seattle
Homeless in Seattle...
there is now a regular poster there who visits Nickelsville regularly.
DBP thinks the city will come up with a solution..
and one of the rumors i have heard may point towards that possibility...
but i think it is far more likely that the onus for a solution to Nickelsville rests with the volunteers who have spent time in camp and come to know and care about many of the residents...
and to be honest..i am not sure just what we are going to be able to do .. though i do have some ideas.