Police sweep campers in Ballard Commons

Tuesday PM update: The city of Seattle said its “navigation team” — specially-trained police officers and outreach workers — discovered two people and three structures in Ballard Commons Park on Monday morning. Both people declined the city’s offer for shelter. Spokesperson Will Lemke tells My Ballard that the city visited the unsanctioned encampment earlier this […]

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Mayor Murray hires director of homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray announced on Tuesday that George Scarola will serve as the City’s first ever cabinet-level director of homelessness. Scarola will be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement. “Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to […]

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Mayor Murray to give live televised address on homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray will be giving a live televised address this evening on one of the most challenging issues facing our city: homelessness. As many readers are aware, the issue is particularly topical in our neighborhood especially with the opening of the Ballard Nicklesville encampment last year and with the homeless ‘safe-lot’ set to open in the old Yankee […]

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