Navigation Team Sweeps Ravenna Woods Encampment Despite Activist Barrier

A sign erected by encampment members at their main entrance. Photo by Kelsey Hamlin

Along a muddy path next to a section of the Burke Gilman trail in Ravenna, 25 activists joined the residents of a homeless encampment Wednesday hoping to halt a sweep. When the Navigation Team’s outreach group arrived, they were surprised to see a band of activists with linked arms acting as a human barrier to vehicles. The outreach notified the rest of their not-yet-arrived team, which then called for SPD back-up. Two more police vehicles arrived, but there was no physical confrontation and no arrests.

Activists rotated through the encampment to provide a presence during the sweep. A few discussed the oddity of Seattle Police Department’s (SPD’s) Navigation Team uniforms. Everything was normal except one item: a Blue Lives Matter patch with “NAV” at the bottom left.

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Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold, who spearheaded the program’s implementation. Photo courtesy of Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction.

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Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services

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The deputy in chief talks with Anitra Freeman, a homelessness services advocate [Photo: Kelsey Hamlin]

Approximately 45 homeless advocates silently stood outside Seattle City Hall on a cold Wednesday evening, holding signs that read “without shelter, people die.”

Women in Black, a group created by Seattle Housing and Resource Effort(SHARE)/WHEEL, honor homeless people who have died on the streets. As soon as they find out, a vigil is held about a week later.

After this week’s vigil, the Housing for All Coalition and other homelessness organizations asked new Mayor Jenny Durkan to prevent funding cuts from homelessness programs.

“Sometimes these vigils are the only memorial service friends and family have,” said Anitra Freeman, a member of Women in Black. “Sometimes this is when people find out.”

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Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

Voters this week approved Prop. 1, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. It gives funding to services providing assistance to veterans, military service members, their families, seniors and their caregivers, and vulnerable King County populations. At last tally, more than 67% of King County voters said “yes” to the boost. Capital facilities, regional health,…

via Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy — CHS Capitol Hill Seattle

Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination

 

Even though it took Adrian Laster two years to get a Section 8 voucher, it typically takes five. Even still, nobody would sublease him because of his criminal charges. Here, the Seahawks-loving Othello resident holds a folder with all of his paperwork in it. (Photo by Kelsey Hamlin)

 

As it stands, one slice of the criminalization and homelessness cycle could shatter thanks to a Seattle City Council vote set for next week. Seattle would make history, becoming the first city in the nation prohibiting landlords from denying rentals to applicants based on criminal background. […]

via Seattle Could be First in the Nation to Stop Rental Criminal History Discrimination — South Seattle Emerald

Adrian Laster and Matt Hannah

These photos are for two separate shoots of the people I talked to both times (and every time still) I go to Othello Village, Seattle. One piece already published with South Seattle Emerald uses a handful of these photos, and another will in the near future.

Matt’s shoot: June 27, 2017
Adrian’s shoot: July 8, 2017

 

Othello Village, Seattle

Even though it took Adrian Laster two years to get a section eight voucher, it typically takes five. Even still, nobody would sublease him because of his non-violent felony charges.

Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity

Near the Link light rail’s Othello Station, a passerby can easily spot a new red and grey apartment building called Othello Plaza, seemingly compatible with the other developments directly surrounding it.

However, Othello Plaza is considered affordable, received over 2,000 applications and only accepted approximately 100. Othello Plaza is now full, containing 53 two-bedrooms and 10 three-bedrooms.

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