P.O. Box 2548
Seattle, WA 98111
February 24, 2011
Mayor Mike McGinn
Deputy Mayor Darrell Smith
Mr. Fred Podesta, Department of Finance and Administrative Services Director
Dear Mayor McGinn, Deputy Mayor Smith, and Mr. Podesta:
We the people of Nickelsville would like to thank you for all you’ve done for the homeless community, and for allowing us to use the Old Firestation in Lake City.
Our stay here ends in less than 3 months. We have made great friends in Lake City, and become a valued part of the neighborhood. We have to turn away people daily. Before sending them away, we make sure they are fed, and have blankets.
A wet shelter is needed in Lake City because there are many homeless people here with serious substance abuse issues.
Remarkably, they are loved. There is a strong, dedicated and talented group of religious organizations, service organizations and businesses in Lake City who have done a great job of looking after their brothers and sisters on the street.
This is why we recommend that SHARE and WHEEL be allowed to operate both a self managed and a ‘wet’ shelter at old Fire Station #39, immediately after we depart on May 15th, 2011.
Our goal continues to be an eco-village of up to 1,000 people, living in small, simple sturdy sleeping structures. Most Nickelodeons just need a simple stable environment, and a strong community to back us. We want to stay with our partners and pets, and we value our privacy and sobriety.
There are many votes, check points, funding and planning to get done before your vision for the Sunny Jim site becomes real. When that is all accomplished, including reaching some meeting of minds with the City Council, it may be that the Sunny Jim site won’t fit Nickelsville. But all that is the future.
On May 15th we would like to use the Sunny Jim site ‘as is.’ We would pledge to leave once all the Land Use Rule Changes, Comprehensive Plan Changes, Plan Outlines, Money and permits are ready for whoever is awarded the site. Besides the land, the only city support we would need would be the simple and basic environmental remediation that must be done anyway before anyone can use this land.
With 8,300 homeless people in King County, and Women in Black already having stood for 4 homeless deaths by violence or in the elements already this year, Nickelsville at Sunny Jim and an Old Firehouse Shelter are both badly needed.
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss this further.