The Seattle Voters’ Initiative campaign, which will add a homelessness policy to its city charter, has rejected its measurement of a new language for camps, a new sunset provision that would repeal the policy six years later.
Most of the initial offer remained intact, including the requirement that the city rapidly add 2,000 shelters or housing units with treatment services.
Adjustments were made amid fears of some of the issues raised in the two weeks since the start of the campaign. The impact of both the original language and the new language would depend to some extent on who the voters elect as mayor this year and how that person will carry out their mandates.
Named the “Seattle of Compassion” by business leaders, the initiative was written by a number of non-profit organizations serving the homeless. The initiative has attracted attention and donated. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
But the proposal, which is expected to garner more than 33,000 signatures in a November vote, has also raised suspicions among some homeless lawyers.
This will not lead to any new income to pay for additional asylum services, the position of the campaign is that no other means are required, say the lawyers. At the same time, the measure would have written into a camp policy in Seattle’s most important document, possibly forcing the city to carry out more severe, ineffective evictions, lawyers say. Compassion Seattle-affiliated groups oppose advanced business taxes and lobby for layoffs.
The version of the amendment to the charter, which was introduced earlier this month, said: “Since there are emergency and permanent housing, the city must ensure that public spaces are” left free of camps. “
The revised version says: “The city’s policy is to provide emergency, permanent housing to the homeless so that the city can take steps to ensure that public spaces remain clean.”
For the homeless, the new version says the city needs to balance its “strong interest” in clearing such areas of possible damage from the closure camps.
It says: “Although there is no right to camp,” the city should “avoid dispersing people as much as possible, except for safe and secure housing, unless there are specific public health or safety concerns or interference.” with the use of public spaces by others. ”
These parameters are similar to the policy that the city is already implementing.
“We are confident that this initiative will be further supported by those who live in Seattle and are engaged in business,” said Erin Goodman, Executive Director of SODO Business Improvement Area.
In a joint statement on Friday, nine non-profit organizations that have contributed to the initial version of the initiative said they had worked with the review campaign.
“As a result … we are optimistic that these efforts are aware of the scope and scale of what needs to be done to make real progress in ending homelessness,” the statement said. It was written by Sheat Seattle Club, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Evergreen Treatment Services, FareStart, Housing Development Consortium, Plymouth Housing, Public Defender Association, Uplift Northwest և King County By United Way executives.
The revised measure “goes beyond the removal of camps to provide for people with chronic homelessness who need to be accommodated permanently,” non-profit organizations said.
Still, the solutions of the proposal “require additional financial resources to meet the necessary scale,” they added.
Tim Harris, a longtime advocate for the homeless who founded the street newspaper Real Changes, says the new version of the charter change “significantly softens the language, making it less like a zero-tolerance policy in public camps.”
But the text remains inspiring and open to comment.
“The big question is, when they want or need to move to a camp, in their opinion, from a problematic place, that person is not going to live, no shelter has gone for some reason, are they going to find a place where Will they be able to move their camp? Haven’t they been in trouble? ” Harris was surprised.
Katie Wilson, secretary general of the Transit Riders Union advocacy group, continues to be skeptical of the event’s business sponsors, their political intentions and dismissals. “I’m worried about what their game plan is,” he said.
The campaign approach was unusual from the beginning, as the city’s charter dealt mainly with governance rather than politics և programs. According to the revised version, Compass Seattle policy will reach sunset on December 31, 2027.
Temporarily changing the city charter is a strange way of governing, says Eric Hauser, who consults with large charities in the region on homelessness and communications.
“What is the normal process of advocacy for many of these facts?” he said. “It is not clear why you need to change the charter if you are not going to change it [the city’s] Sweep politics if you will not receive new income. “