From the WSB Forums: ‘Nickelsville’ update, including potluck

If you don’t frequent the WSB Forums, you’ve missed members’ updates on the “Nickelsville” homeless camp that is now in its third week at the same city-owned West Seattle site where it was founded three years ago. Though the city administration then led by its namesake booted the camp in 2008, leading to a series of moves, Mayor McGinn is not planning to try to evict it, as reported here two weeks ago.

Shortly after that report, two Forum members told the story of a third who became homeless and is now living at the camp, and that led to questions about how to help. Several discussions have followed, including updates from new Nickelsville resident Mike, and now a bigger event is being organized: A June 18th potluck dinner. The plan is taking shape here; to feed the estimated 100 residents, plus visitors, is a big order, but with many participants, each contributor won’t have to add much. If you can provide food but can’t take it to the camp yourself, arrangements are also being made to help with that. As for other ways in which people are helping out – check out this Forums thread; the water supply is even receiving assistance (and another update is here). More updates to come, including a two-part report on Nickelsville security by Joanne Brayden and Kevin McClintic (who took the 5/16 photo reused here), who previously told the story of Mike’s move.

12 Replies to "From the WSB Forums: 'Nickelsville' update, including potluck "

  • S June 2, 2011 (8:38 am)

    Drove by Nickelsville today and saw that the city has placed a garbage dumpster right next to Nickelsville. So our hard earned taxes are paying for them to just dump for free.

    I think there is a problem with this. What do you think?

  • WSB June 2, 2011 (9:05 am)

    Why do you believe this is a “free” dumpster? According to a post in the WSB Forum, they have been raising money to pay for that service (as well as others):

  • S June 2, 2011 (11:39 am)

    Well then if this is true then good for them. Im glad they do that much. Im still tired of seeing the added Street beggar around West Seattle.

  • Steve K June 2, 2011 (12:30 pm)

    None of this is surprising. Mayor McMoron has shown very little interest in West Seattle. To have the homeless camp out of his sight-line is fortuitous for him. The fact that West Seattle-ites are the ones that have to look at this eye sore and deal with the crime and garbage is of no importance to hizzoner.

  • Steph in WS June 2, 2011 (12:36 pm)

    S, I don’t think those people in the camp are the ones on the street begging. I saw a bunch of them get off a bus and walk ‘home’ after work one day around 5pm. They have real jobs just like you and I. Think about it.

  • miws June 2, 2011 (2:05 pm)

    S, the dumpster and porta-potties are being paid for by Nickelsville through the donations of our generous contributors. Keeping those services funded is an ongoing discussion at many of our nightly camp meetings


    There has been some discussion of other possible ways to raise funds for these services, should the current funds available be exhausted. One idea that has been bantered around a bit is perhaps having a car wash. But we would need a gas station or some other business to provide us with the proper location and water availability.


    As to the street begging; I honestly don’t know if any Nickelodians are doing that or not. I know that some do sell Real Change, and I know of two eager gentlemen that are out and about today visiting various fish packing type plants around town, to see if there are any jobs available, even if it takes them up to Alaska.


    Unless they were immediately hired today, they will probably be canvasing other parts of town tomorrow, doing the same thing, using the transit information I just pulled up for them while here at the library. They were able to get to today’s locations with information about the bus routes that I have memorized.


    Oh, and another gentleman from Nickelsville has just been hired to work at a local White Center business, through the generous help and connections of another WSB’er.


    Plus, two others (married couple) just recently landed jobs.



  • datamuse June 2, 2011 (3:12 pm)

    Mike, there’s a Shell station not far from Nickelsville…maybe they’d be willing? Only problem is it’s kind of tucked out of the way.

  • Neighbor June 2, 2011 (4:47 pm)

    Hey Mike-Thank you so much for being part of this community! You have put a face and a heart on Nickelsville for many of us. I’m amazed at your strength and your generous spirit. You’ve inspired me and my family to get involved in helping out. Thanks for the reminder of our interconnectedness.

  • Ladyblahblah June 3, 2011 (1:00 am)

    Mike – you make me happy to live in West Seattle. S is apparently an alias for Mr. Burns from The Simpsons or perhaps Dick Cheney. I know there a lot of angry old farts here (as there are everywhere), but please don’t let them get you down. There are good people and bad, it has very little to do with net worth. Best of luck to you!

  • Ladyblahblah June 3, 2011 (1:36 am)

    Steve K – Hope you are enjoying your retirement. Cheers! Guessing that you’ve lived in West Seattle for a very long time so you got yours during the big winter storm of 2008 when Nickels took care of our ‘hood and not much else. Is it really so bad allowing people to have a small space in which to live? There’s plenty of land in places like Texas – you would feel right at home. Like you, they HATE people who aren’t exactly like them – especially those pesky uninsured children. I encouraged you and S to check it out right away.

  • miws June 3, 2011 (11:52 am)

    Thank you, Ladyblahblah.


    Yeah, I’ve hung around WSB long enough that the “love” far outweighs the “snark”. We have some very kind and generous people on our peninsula.


    Whenever I mention the (relatively rare) snarky comments to other Nickelodians back at camp, I reassure them of how the supporters far outweigh the naysayers. But, then again, thanks to WSB, the other Nickelodians are very well aware of how kind and generous the West Seattle/White Center community is.



  • miws June 4, 2011 (8:44 pm)

    datamuse, I’ll have to suggest that, and maybe see if the Shell station can help us out.


    Neighbor thanks for the kind words.


    S, and Steve K, looking forward to meeting both of you at the June 18th Potluck, so we can show you what Nickelsville is all about!



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