‘Nickelsville’ closure countdown: New sites; pet-moving plan

(UPDATED SATURDAY MORNING with addresses of all three new sites, and the map below)

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With the deadline for vacating the “Nickelsville” encampment site in West Seattle coming up Sunday, plans to move to 3 new sites, as first announced two nights ago, are intensifying.

The two additional new sites were disclosed this afternoon, we’re told, but we have not found the addresses publicly posted. One TV report tonight says that in addition to the previously reported 20th/Jackson site in the Central District, there’s a second site in the Central District, and the third is in Skyway.

(SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: The sites, with photos, are now posted/listed on the Nickelsville Works Facebook page.

*12914 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Skyway.
*Behind Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1419 22nd Ave.
*The first site announced, 2020 South Jackson St.

As noted here last night, there are public requests for help with the move on Sunday. The newest one involves the encampment’s pets. Teri Ensley with West Seattle-based Furry Faces Foundation is helping organize the efforts and tells WSB:

We have a solid, collective plan in place for the safekeeping of the pets during the move and transportation of them to the new sites with their people.

The Nickelsville Pet Coordinator has contacted us with the following requests for pets to help the move go more smoothly and safely for the animals:

1) Clean Cat Crates, in good working order.
2) Freshly washed used towels (for use in the crates)
3) Leashes
4) Collars – both cat and dog (especially cat collars/harnesses)

Items may be dropped:

· On the front porch of my house, located at 3809 46th Ave SW
· At Pet Elements, located in Morgan Junction
· At the Nickelsville Security Desk (7116 W. Marginal Way SW)

Ideally, we need items by Saturday, however, are happy to accept them any time.

This is all to facilitate keeping cats crated and dogs leashed at the soon-to-be-former site on moving day Sunday, where the pets will be watched throughout a day filled with “a lot of commotion,” as Ensley puts it. “In the evening, when the move is complete and tents/housing structures set up at the new sites, the animal companions will be transported to their new location.”

To facilitate that, each cat crate or dog leash will have a form with the owner’s name/contact info, pet’s name, and the site that pet/human will be moving to. F3 has been working on pet tagging lately and
“is also hoping to engrave new pet id tags for each of the animals which includes any new contact info,” according to Ensley.

She adds that Seattle Animal Shelter “has been very supportive with ideas and suggestions,” will accept any pets that have to be surrendered, and has spayed/neutered more than 40 Nickelsville pets.

Previous WSB coverage of Nickelsville is archived here, newest to oldest.

26 Replies to "'Nickelsville' closure countdown: New sites; pet-moving plan"

  • GenHillOne August 31, 2013 (7:28 am)

    What is status of the goats?

  • miws August 31, 2013 (7:42 am)

    Thank you, Teri, and F3, for your help with this, as well as your continued help to NV pets and their people over the last two plus years.



  • Furryfaces August 31, 2013 (10:09 am)

    The goats are moving with the NV residents.

  • wetone August 31, 2013 (11:03 am)

    Did not realize you could have goats now in the city as pets or anything else. I wanted to get one a while back and the city told me no goats ? Now they allow the NV people to have them I guess I can get one also.

  • dsa August 31, 2013 (11:50 am)

    Is this address correct: 12914 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S?

    • WSB August 31, 2013 (12:10 pm)

      That is what was announced on the Nickelsville Works page – click through to see it. We mapped it and it resolves to a Skyway location, so I have no reason to believe it’s inaccurate – click the southernmost point. Do you have reason to believe they published the wrong address? – TR

  • Dcn August 31, 2013 (1:09 pm)

    I used to see a guy walking his goat around Greenlake years ago. Not allowed, according to the King Co rules in the link above, but no one ever seemed to mind.

  • miws August 31, 2013 (1:16 pm)

    The Skyway location sounds accurate to me.


    A few years back, pre-NV moving back to West Seattle, the Camp stayed for a time in Skyway, on private property with the owner’s permission.


    Looking over the Sales History of the property on Parcel Viewer, one of the names rings a bell.



  •    August 31, 2013 (1:32 pm)

    So are they going to get a new name finally now that there’s three groups and Nickels has been out of office for 2.5 years?

  • No Surprise August 31, 2013 (1:46 pm)

    Interesting that the MLK Way location used to have that old motel on it. But I think it is gone now. More interesting that the property is over $15,000 in arrears to KC on property taxes. Wonder if some kind of deal has been cut to wipe the slate clean of the property tax issue if the owner allowed the tent camp?

    I really feel for the CD. 23rd and Union has been dealt so many rough hands of cards for decades now. The recent arson, closure of the USPS distribution center, countless acts of violence, etc. I hope the tent campers bring positive energy and that the Lutheran Church that is hosting has a plan for good oversight and security.

  • dsa August 31, 2013 (3:16 pm)

    My error, I did not google 12914 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S enough.

  • flimflam August 31, 2013 (3:18 pm)

    what was the reason given for turning this into a three headed monster as opposed to one? also, does this mean that these “camps” will be popping up all over the place now. is there any sort of long term strategy or will the public support this lifestyle forevermore?


    I realize that some homeless are victims of bad luck, etc, but there are plenty that are addicts, etc with no interest of joining the workforce, or becoming responsible for themselves. we can’t really expect taxpayers to pay for those type of choices.

  • miws August 31, 2013 (6:18 pm)

    My best guess would be the inability to find another individual site that is large enough to handle 100+ tents/structures, and/or the amount of people the site Hosts are able/willing to accommodate. There also may be limits set by the jurisdiction in which the sites are located.



  • solidarity August 31, 2013 (7:13 pm)

    U-District and the CD is a perfect fit for them Good luck!

    • WSB August 31, 2013 (8:21 pm)

      Solidarity, it’s Skyway and the CD, not the U-District. Just in case anyone sees that comment without reading the story, seeing the map, etc.

  • joel August 31, 2013 (7:44 pm)

    so nicksville had 100 for most of the time…before the 500k of free money hit the national media and folks from all over the U.S. made the road trip to West Marginal.

    are the 3 new sites going to hold a maximum of 100 people each or will they each again do the 100 making the camps now 300 people?

    next time it’s time to move the city will pony up 1.5 million to move everyone.

    with union gospel only housing a handful of people are they keeping the entire 500k or is the majority of it being returned to the taxpayers?

  • miws August 31, 2013 (10:00 pm)

    joel, Please link documentation backing up the claim you cite, regarding the influx of people from all over the Country coming to NV, after UGM received the funds from the City.



  • JoB September 1, 2013 (6:22 am)


    the primary goal of that $500,000 was assessment of the nickeslville population. The secondary goal was housing.

  • JoB September 1, 2013 (6:24 am)

    i have a question…

    if there are 175 people in camp now and 3 spaces that will hold 30-35..
    where are the additional 75 going to go on moving day?

  • Alan September 1, 2013 (8:23 am)

    If some stayed to make a stand, I would be shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Just like I’m shocked that all three new locations are in poor neighborhoods.

  • GenHillOne September 1, 2013 (8:33 am)

    Good to know on the goats, thanks.

    When did the $500,000 become designated for assessment vs. placement? I have never seen it described as anything but “half a million dollars to move residents out of the homeless encampment called Nickelsville” by multiple sources. I don’t think any less of UGM for not finding housing for everyone, as I think they probably helped as many as were willing and able to do their part. 47 is actually pretty impressive.


  • 500K September 1, 2013 (10:17 am)

    JoB – read the actual bill for the $500k before you misrepresent the facts. The bill is here: http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&s3=117815&s4=&s2=&s5=&Sect4=AND&l=20&Sect2=THESON&Sect3=PLURON&Sect5=CBORY&Sect6=HITOFF&d=ORDF&p=1&u=%2F~public%2Fcbory.htm&r=1&f=G

  • JoB September 1, 2013 (12:05 pm)

    GenHillOne and 500K

    i am not misrepresenting the facts.
    I attended the city council meeting where the intent of this bill was discussed..
    including the statement that the primary purpose of the bill was to assess the Nickelsville population..
    followed by Nick Licata’s statement, “I will be following the assessment very carefully”.
    you could watch the actual footage of the meeting if you want to..
    i know it was linked here.

  • JoB September 1, 2013 (12:08 pm)

    btw.. i’d like to point out
    just for the record
    killing the messenger doesn’t change the message

  • GenHillOne September 1, 2013 (4:15 pm)

    Thank you – “AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Human Services Department to enter into a contract with a non-profit organization to provide outreach, engagement, case management, shelter, housing and other services to immediately move the campers at the encampment at 7116 W Marginal Way SW to appropriate shelter, housing and services; appropriating $500,000 for such purpose; declaring an emergency; and ratifying and confirming prior acts; all with a three- fourths vote of the City Council.”

    “to immediately move the campers” – 500K looks to be correct, based on the bill passed by the council and signed by the mayor on July 1st. Whatever was spoken, this intent on record is clear.

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