Should HPAC Support Camp Second Chance Permit Extension?

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) has been requested to support the permit extension by two community groups, Martin Westerman, Director of Seattle Green Spaces Coalition (SGSC) and CSC Community Advisory Committee. We have also received emails from neighbors about issues with encampments and RVs  in the neighborhood not being addressed.

Please take our short anonymous survey by Feb. 14, 2019 so HPAC executive committee can understand the wishes of the neighborhood in responding to this request.

Missed our listening session last week?
West Seattle Blog has video of our community listening session from last week here

Link to Survey:

“Camp Second Chance is one of six encampments authorized and funded by the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department as part of the City’s emergency response to homelessness.” Founded on April, 9th 2016 – officially permitted on March 2017 by the City of Seattle. The Human Services Department extended the permit on June 7, 2018 for the Myers Way/Camp Second Chance to remain at 9701 Myers Way South for an additional 12 months, until March 2019. There is a request for a continued permit.

The Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) Section 23.42.056, Subsection E.1 states that a transitional encampment may only be permitted for 12 months at a site, with only one allowed extension for an additional 12 months. Further, SMC 23.42.056, Subsection E.2 states that a time period of 12 months must elapse after the end of the period in which a transitional encampment was sited at any property before another encampment can be permitted at that site. 

On June 7, 2018, the Seattle Human Services Department announced that the permit for siting of Camp Second Chance at the Myers Way Parcels had been extended for 12 months until March 2019 (part of that extension was applied retroactively at the time of this announcement):

Next HPAC Meeting is February 27, 2019

Annual Meeting
Election for HPAC executive committee positions 

Please see our By-laws at
To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to or verbally in person at our Jan or at our annual meeting on Feb 27, 2019:

Following info: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
  • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
  • What could be one improved in Highland Park?

Positions Up for Election Include:

  1. Chairperson(s) – The duties include preside at all HPAC meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC. (10 -15 hours per month)
  2. Assistant/Vice Chairperson(s) – The duties include to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. Serve as liaison to Delridge District Council/Southwest District Council and other Councils as needed. (10 -15 hours per month)
  3. Secretary – The duties include notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, take the minutes of the HPAC meetings, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting. (5 -10 hours per month)
  4. Treasurer – The duties include receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the HPAC, works with our fiscal sponsor in record keeping, and reports on the financial position of the HPAC at each meeting. (5-10 hours per month)

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month  (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Neighborhood Street Fund Program 2019

HPAC is recommending the following projects for prioritization:

  • Duwamish Longhouse Pedestrian Safety & Accessibility Project
  • New Pedestrian Route between South Park and North Delridge/White Center
  • Highland Parkway Roundabout
  • Holden Street Improvements between 16th and Delridge
  • Total replacement of sidewalks along 8th avenue sw btwn. Henderson and Roxbury.

Community Prioritization phase of Neighborhood Street Fund 2019-2021 cycle is now open! 

Tell us what street improvements your community needs most by scoring projects proposed by neighbors in your district now through February 22. The highest-scored projects will proceed to the Voting phase in Spring.

How to score:
Online: prioritize projects and participate in an online dialogue with your neighbors without leaving your home!

In-person: attend a 90-minute Community Prioritization Meeting in your district. Meetings will include presentations by SDOT staff of each project proposed in your district. (Please note that presentations will begin promptly at the meeting start, so arrive on time! To request interpretation and or another accommodation, please contact us at: or (206) 733-9361before the meeting date.

3 Tips for scoring:
Plan ahead: if you will be joining a community meeting, plan accordingly to arrive no later than the meeting start time. 
Do your research: in-depth project proposals are available on our website. Get to know the projects proposed in your district prior to attending a meeting or scoring online. 
Share: invite friends, family, and neighbors to participate, even if they reside in a different district.

Ready to score?
Visit our website to score online or check the meeting schedule!

Thank you for your continued interest in the NSF Program. We look forward to your participation!
Neighborhood Street Fund Program 
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