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Homeless Encampments on City Inside/Out

Nickelsville is about to become homeless again. On May 15, residents at Seattle’s roving homeless camp will be leaving an old fire station in Lake City and will need to find a new site. Mayor Mike McGinn wants the City to create a permanent homeless encampment with support services for Nickelsville residents in the industrial neighborhood of SODO. So far, however, the City Council has been skeptical about the idea. The Council has particular concerns over the mayor’s price tag for the effort: $1 million to house 100 homeless people for two years.

First we visit Portland’s permanent encampment, Dignity Village, to see how well the Rose City’s version is working out. Then we invite Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Real Change’s Tim Harris and SODO Business Association President Mike Peringer into the studio so we can hear all sides of the issue.

City Inside/Out follows the story from the streets to the suites! Friday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., SEATTLE CHANNEL, Cable 21 or right here on http://www.seattlechannel.org/! Did you see last week’s program about the plans for Seattle’s waterfront? Watch it now by visiting http://www.seattlechannel.org/CityInsideOut/.