CAMP SECOND CHANCE: City announces November meeting

The city’s long-promised meeting about Camp Second Chance‘s future has finally been announced: 6:30 pm Thursday, November 21st, at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way S.), a short distance north of the encampment. CSC is now in its fourth year on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels. In September, shortly after announcing another six-month extension for its permit to be there, the city said that if they don’t reach an agreement with a potential “faith-based sponsor,” they’ll start planning to dismantle the camp. But in the meantime, there’s also a city proposal to dramatically increase the number of this type of “tiny-house village” encampments citywide. CSC started with tents, but with donated materials and labor, its dwellings were all converted to “tiny houses.” As of last month, 55 people were living at CSC.

13 Replies to "CAMP SECOND CHANCE: City announces November meeting"

  • S - in West Seattle October 18, 2019 (2:05 pm)

    It more like Camp 15th Chance. I feel its time to close this up and move on. We need a better direction on how to provide transitional housing.              

    • Sheryl Guyon October 18, 2019 (7:18 pm)

      Perhaps you should visit the camp and see the lives that are restored there on a daily basis.  This is not a stagnant community, but people who are getting jobs and transitioning out of homelessness and back into productive members of our community.

  • Question Authority October 18, 2019 (2:19 pm)

    Finding a “faith-based sponsor” in no way dissolves the fact the camp was set up on trespassed land and continues to be so. The way the City ignores rules, regulations and laws for that matter create situations where actions are not equally enforced which is discrimination.  

  • Also John October 18, 2019 (3:30 pm)

    “Faith-based Sponsor”   So if one of our countries many atheist philanthropists comes forward to help they’ll be rejected?

    • WSB October 18, 2019 (3:33 pm)

      Got one that’s interested? Send it their way. At last report that’s all that had expressed an interest. – TR

      • buttercup October 18, 2019 (8:23 pm)

        People out here make me so angry. According to some rules are more important than people. Who have they hurt. I’m sure you know nothing about this camp and there for have no right to diss it. Go see what it’s about then run that drivel from your mouth.  

    • Sheryl Guyon October 18, 2019 (7:24 pm)

      Interesting question – who would you suggest?

  • dsa October 18, 2019 (6:03 pm)

    It will continue beyond this deadline with or without a sponsor just as time limits have expired before.

  • AvalonTom October 19, 2019 (6:33 am)

    It’s the same 4 people complaining about the camp. They got an Axe to grind with the city and get radicalized by the sewer safe Seattle Facebook page ran by someone who gets off on demonizing people. Somehow these people never show up to the CAC meetings and have nothing new to contribute. C2C is working, get over it, move on and go find some new thing to complain about. Folks should YouTube ‘Trickle Down Town’ a documentary that features C2C as one of the well functioning programs that are actually helping people. 

    • Question Authority October 19, 2019 (10:36 am)

      First off AT, I don’t get my opinions from Facebook as I do not have an account. Second, it’s time for the supporters of CSC to remember it was developed as a temporary camp and was never to become some indefinite fixture in the neighborhood just because.

      • Avalontom October 20, 2019 (9:10 am)

        Well it has, move on. Vast majority of people in this general area have never heard of it and could care less. It does not affect them in any way whatsoever. I know a few families that live directly next door and support the camp 100% For every one opponent there are 40 who come and volunteer and build and put their time and money were their mouth is. You are certainly entitled to you opinion but commenting the same thing every time there is a story about C2C is pointless. Things change. Slavery was once legal. Then it was not. These camps were temporary until the data showed that they work. Lots has been learned. We still have a long way to go, but the bottom line is that it’s working. How the camp started has little to do with how successful it is now. Get over it and move on. Perhaps consider a visit/tour and even volunteer a bit. God forbid you would change your mind.

  • AvalonTom October 20, 2019 (9:18 am)

    One other thing. The candidates who ran opposing this type of assistance all got shown the door in primaries with dismal numbers. Last I spoke with Tavel he supported the camp and even came out to see it and asked how he can help. (Perhaps it’s different now with all the Amazon money floating around clouding peoples judgment, i dont know) Mrs. Herbold also supports this effort. So no matter who wins, the support is there.  

  • 1994 October 20, 2019 (10:33 pm)

    Avaltontom – how much tax payer funds are needed to run  this camp?  Hundreds of thousand of dollars a year?The reason I don’t approve of this camp, or other city funded camps, is because it is too much money being spent with people expecting this to be a permanent fixture. Shower trucks, port a potties, garbage service, where does the waste water go……who pays for all that? Not the campers.  They expect the rest of us to pay so they can practically live for free, on public property no less. No one pays my garbage bill, no one pays my water or electric bills. And I have to pay a LOT of property tax for my little 5000 square foot lot. The campers need to move along to a place they can afford and not expect the rest of us to put them up indefinitely. That is why people are not in favor of this type of set up – it has the appearance of NO end in sight,  and that some people don’t want it to end.

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