‘Nickelsville’ closure countdown: Three sites found, camp says

Eviction won’t be necessary – ‘Nickelsville’ says it has secured three sites so that everyone can move. That’s according to an announcement minutes ago on the encampment’s official Facebook page:

Great news! Nickelsville has secured two more sites and will be moving this Sunday. We’re notifying the neighbors before announcing the two additional sites on Friday afternoon. There are many ways you can help with the move, either by helping us pack up the trucks, donating money to pay for our bills at this site, or donating materials such as 33 gallon trash bags, duct tape, basic tools such as hammers, or bringing food and water on moving day.

The one site that already has been announced is in the Central District, at 20th and Jackson. Also posted on the Nickelsville Works page, a photo of a flyer with packing/moving instructions for camp residents. More to come.

12 Replies to "'Nickelsville' closure countdown: Three sites found, camp says"

  • West Seattle Dood August 28, 2013 (10:47 pm)

    I pulled over and talked with a few NV campers on way home. They said two sites were somewhere on Union in the CD and somewhere in Skyway. It is good they won’t be evicted.

  • Chuckles August 29, 2013 (5:35 am)

    Haha “campers”…

  • A August 29, 2013 (8:20 am)

    How about actually trying to make something of your life and stop living in a homeless camp. NV shouldn’t move it should disband.

  • WMS parent August 29, 2013 (9:18 am)

    Has Washington Middle School been notified of the planned homeless encampment a block away from their school?

  • skeeter August 29, 2013 (10:50 am)

    Curious who owns the land where the new camp is located.

  • Rumbles August 29, 2013 (12:04 pm)

    A Facebook page?

    • WSB August 29, 2013 (12:33 pm)

      Yes, that tends to be where organizations/businesses make announcements these days, instead of their own websites, which is unfortunate given the search-unfriendliness, archive-unfriendliness of Facebook, etc., but don’t get me started on that!

  • Community Member August 29, 2013 (12:18 pm)

    The land is owned by LIHI (Low Income Housing Institute). Scott Morrow, was one of the co-founders of LIHI 20 years ago, I don’t know whether he has any ongoing association with them.
    They have to lease the land to a church, and then a church will be the host. Which seems like (1) circumventing the intent of the current law that allows churches to host tent cities, while (2) was a church-only law legal anyways?
    Some coverage in Real Change (yes, it is a newspaper, not just a begging prop) http://realchangenews.org/index.php/site/archives/8066

    Sounds like the new site will only hold 35-40 campers.

  • sna August 29, 2013 (3:30 pm)

    So this encampment on Jackson will be literally 20-30 feet from 10 houses? I would be pretty upset if I lived there. Homeless or not, I wouldn’t want a campground popping up in my front yard.

  • Wes Seattle Hipster August 29, 2013 (4:54 pm)

    Since the folks who have been illegally squatting at this location refer to themselves as “campers”, it will be interesting to see if they follow one of the cardinal rules of campers; pack out what you pack in.


    In other words, leave the campsite better than how you found it.


    It will be interesting to see how the site looks September 2nd.

    • WSB August 29, 2013 (4:58 pm)

      We drove by the parking area on the south side of the site a few hours ago en route to 99 northbound. There are two dumpsters there now – big and regular – that weren’t in view when we passed yesterday.

  • West Seattle Hipster August 29, 2013 (5:44 pm)

    I read on the FB page that the organizers have a checklist and if squatters do not clean up their space, they will not be welcome in future locations.


    I like how they stated on the memo “We trust, but we also verify”. I am going to use that.

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