Today the Seattle City Council approved Mayor Ed Murray’s legislation permitting up to three homeless encampments on surplus City property by a 9-0 vote. Mayor Murray issued the following statement:
“My thanks to the City Council for their action today on my proposed authorized encampment legislation. This legislation will help provide a minimum level of safety and stability for hundreds of people currently without a home. I am pleased the council was able to work collaboratively and unanimously pass a proposal that failed just less than two years ago.
I thank Councilmember Licata and O’Brien for their continued leadership on this issue. While authorized encampments are not a long-term solution to homelessness, this legislation provides for safer, more stable shelter with dedicated human and social services staff for residents.”