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What’s Up with HPAC for February 22, 2017

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

Next Meeting is February  22, 2017

Agenda Overview:

  1. SPD Update & HPIC Update
  2. Your Voice, Your Choice – Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund Presentation
  3. HPAC Community Ideas Fund Brainstorm Session
  4. Update on Myers Way Encampment
  5. HPAC Executive Committee Election
  6. Community Announcements

2. Need a traffic circle, crosswalk, trail improvement, or shortened Pedestrian Crossing? In person idea collection will be happening for Parks & Streets Fund at this meeting.
Your Voice, Your Choice is a process in which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. Presented by Jenny Frankl, Strategic Advisor, DON.

In 2017, Your Voice, Your Choice is focused on Parks & Streets, which means that you will help decide how to spend $2,000,000 of the City budget on small-scale improvements to streets and parks in your neighborhood.

3. HPAC Community Ideas Fund Brainstorm Session 
HPAC won a grant from Waste Management for waste reduction education efforts last summer! We have $2500 for neighborhood community building events, beautification, and/or community arts projects. Bring your ideas and energy so we can create some awesome stuff for Highland Park!

4. Myers Way Sanctioned Encampment
Update on process and progress with working with the City on Neighborhood issues and needs as related to encampments sanctioned and unsanctioned

5. HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Election is February– nominations can be taken via email or at the February meeting – each position is for a one year term.
To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Feb meeting: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, 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? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • 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 .
    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.
    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.
    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. Sub-Committee Chairperson(s): Developed as needed – 2017 potential sub-committees
      1. Community Needs Survey
      2. Outreach & Engagement
      3. By-Laws Review

6. Community Announcements
7. Close of Meeting

Local Events & Meetings

1. COMMUNITY LED MEETING REGARDING MHA/HALA : WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK URBAN VILLAGE, NEWS/UPDATES AND WORKING TOGETHER TO MEET THE RESPONSE DEADLINE

March 1, from 7pm-8:30pm, doors open 6:45pm
Please rsvp for an anticipated head count to: kim.barnes.la@gmail.com
Location: Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 – SW Holden Street, Seattle, WA 98106
 
The Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village community volunteers will hold a follow up short presentation and discussion. All members of the public interested in collaborating a full response to the MHA legislation and upcoming EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) that will provide the rezoning proposal of Westwood Highland Park are invited to attend. Please note that this is a community led meeting and city employees will not be in attendance.

2. Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow All Levels
  • Every Friday 10:00 am Parent Child Yoga (Starts April 15th)

3. Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p
Meeting at HPIC through March 2017

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Reminder: 2nd Community Conversation re Myers Way Homeless Encampment 2/1/2017

From City of Seattle:

Last month the city announced a plan to establish three additional sanctioned encampments to serve homeless people. That plan calls for sanctioning the current encampment at Myers Way (known as Camp 2nd Chance) and expanding it from 20 tents up to 50 tents. Sanctioned encampments are a temporary measure to provide people living without shelter a safer alternative
place to live while caseworkers help them secure long-term stable housing. I have included the fact sheet and FAQs we distributed previously.

The City hosted a public meeting on December 8th to describe the plan and to listen to community concerns. The City is hosting a second public meeting on Wednesday, February 1st to provide further information and to address concerns that have been raised. We encourage you to attend.

2nd Community Conversation re Myers Way Homeless Encampment
Wednesday, February 1st
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Joint Training Facility, 9401 Myers Way South
NOTE: Due to safety concerns, the Training Facility does not allow children on the grounds.

George Scarola
Director of Homelessness
City of Seattle | Office of the Mayor
206.727.8514 | george.scarola@seattle.gov

* For accommodations or accessibility information, contact Katoya Grant| 206-727-8812 | katoya.grant@seattle.gov | or visit http://www.seattle.gov/americans-with-di….

Reminder: Next HPAC meeting is 2/22/2017

Draft Agenda:

  • HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Election is February 22nd – nominations can be taken at the February meeting – each position is for a one year term.
  • To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or in person at Jan or Feb meeting: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:
    What lived/professional skills, experiences, 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? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • 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 .
    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.
    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.
    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. Sub-Committee Chairperson(s): Developed as needed – 2017 potential subcommittees
      1. Community Needs Survey
      2. Outreach & Engagement
      3. By-Laws Review

Next HPAC Meeting: Jan 25th with Councilmember Lisa Herbold and the “State of Delridge”

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Nov, Dec)
Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Weds. Jan 25th – 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Agenda Overview
  • “State of Delridge” with Councilmember Herbold
  • HPAC Steering Committee Election Announcement
  • Update on new grant awarded to HPAC
  • Update on Myers Way Encampment
  • Launching Community Needs Survey Sub-Committee
HPAC is excited to have Councilmember Herbold provide us with a “State of Delridge” address to start off 2017. This meeting is co-sponsored with the newly formed South Delridge Community Group, Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council and the North Delridge Neighborhood Council.
Councilmember Herbold’s “State of Delridge” address may include such topics as:
  • An overview of 2017 Budget that passed
  • Councilmember Herbold’s overall priorities for 2017
  • Updates/Outlook on issues of homelessness
  • Outlook on HALA / MHA for Delridge Area
  • Councilmember Herbold’s priorities/goals for Delridge area
  • What we can do as the neighborhoods in Delridge to increase resources & infrastructure, reduce crime, and build an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community.
About Lisa Herbold:
She is the Councilmember for District 1, representing the neighborhoods of West Seattle and South Park, and has worked on issues of access, fairness, and a commitment to a shared quality-of-life. She has helped to craft and pass public policy which includes Paid Sick Leave for the 190,000 Seattle workers who didn’t have it, a Rental Housing Inspection Program for 250,000 renter households, and an acclaimed criminal justice diversion program. Each of these examples of model public policy is being replicated in jurisdictions across the country, and those are a few samples of the work she has done to help Seattle residents. Councilmember Herbold has also been a resident of Highland Park for more than 15 years.

Other Agenda items:

  • SPD announcements
  • HPIC announcements
  • HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Election is February 22nd – nominations can be taken at the January and February meetings – each position is for a one year term.To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or in person at Jan or Feb meeting: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:
    What lived/professional skills, experiences, 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? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • 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 .
    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.
    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.
    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. Sub-Committee Chairperson(s): Developed as needed – 2017 potential subcommittees
      1. Community Needs Survey
      2. Outreach & Engagement
      3. By-Laws Review
  • Updates on Myers Way Encampment, and Delridge District Council
  • Update on new grant awarded to HPAC – Feb meeting we will provide an opportunity for neighbors to pitch ideas on what use the funding for to benefit Highland Park
  • Community Needs Survey Sub-Committee
  • Community announcements and closing

Got Agenda Items? Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.
Check out our Facebook page for announcements, events, and other timely happenings.

Letter to City of Seattle Director of Homelessness – HPAC’s request regarding sanctioning Myers Way encampment

To: George Scarola, Director of Homelessness
CC: Seattle City Council
Human Service and Public Health Committee
Dominique Stephens, Office of the Mayor, External Affairs

December 13, 2016

Mr. Scarola,

Thank you for reaching out to the neighborhoods surrounding Myers Way Parcel last week and beginning the discussion about sanctioning the encampment of Camp Second Chance.

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) is Highland Park’s Community Group. We are an all volunteer & not for profit neighborhood organization and our role is to be an advocate for Highland Park and to affect positive change in our neighborhood. For the last several years, we have advocated for infrastructure including crosswalks, sidewalks, trails, safety enhancements, zoning changes for affordable housing, and additional resources so we can continue to build a thriving interconnected community.

Since the announcement from the Mayor’s office on December 1, 2016 about Myers Way Parcel as one of the three new homeless encampments sites, Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) has heard from many neighbors about their questions, concerns and fears, as well as support for Camp Second Chance.

HPAC wants to be part of the solution to ending homelessness in the City of Seattle.

We want to support our homeless community members. Our intention is not to pit the neighborhood against Camp Second Chance.  In order for this encampment to be successful, we also need the City to work with us. The announcement did however raise questions of equity of resources and parity with other parts of Seattle.

What we want is accountability from the City of Seattle to the neighborhoods surrounding Myers Way Parcel.

Accountability for both those who are dealing with homelessness and for the renters, homeowners, and businesses in Highland Park and the neighborhoods that surround Myers Way Parcel.

When Camp Second Chance arrived at Myers Way at the end of June 2016, members of HPAC visited and talked with those living there, we also brought supplies, and later, advocated for the encampment. When the threat to evict the Camp came down this past summer, HPAC steering committee members reached out to Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s office asking that the camp not be evicted. Having met with the campers and seen how it was run as a clean and sober environment and understanding that Myers Way was a last option until they could go back sometime in early 2017 to the church in Tukwila that was hosting them previously we felt that evicting this group was not what we wanted to see, nor do we want to see now. Stability is what will help folks get back on their feet.

In October, HPAC held an educational panel with Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services, a member from the encampment, and Ruth Herbold, Executive Director of Elizabeth Gregory Home, to help the Highland Park and the greater communities surrounding Myers Way have better understand the issues and experiences that folks dealing with homeless face as well to dispel negative stereotypes about who is homeless. We did this to build compassion and understanding, knowing that the Camp Second Chance was there and probably would be for some time.

Now that the encampment is to be sanctioned, what can we expect? That was the question we were hoping to get answered last week, but many felt they left with more questions than answers that night.

The City of Seattle has had sanctioned encampments for over a year now and yet, we have not been given a concrete plan what will happen and what we can expect.

We are requesting the City for a plan on how additional resources will be provided to mitigate the impact an encampment will have on the neighborhood.

This plan should be for the entire neighborhood, not just logistics for how the camp will be set up and what amenities will be provided to the encampment, but what the City will also do to provide additional resources and services for neighbors living around the encampment.

We are asking the City to develop an encompassing Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments for Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods and any other neighborhoods in the future when establishing an encampment. This plan would prepare neighbors for what to expect in terms of additional resources, help build relationships, repair trust with the City, and to reduce anxiety for neighbors, including our renters, homeowners, students, and elderly.

Suggested Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments

For the Neighborhood

  1. Transparency:

    1. Provide information what other sites were investigated and the reasons why that site was chosen.

      1. For the Myers Way site – why no other site in West Seattle were viable.

    2. Provide information on how the race and social justice tool was used in deciding upon the proposed site.

    3. Identify and work with the neighborhood groups/committees to put together community info sessions including locations, dates, and outreach methods to present the plan for the neighborhoods and the encampment.

    4. Develop outreach materials that are multilingual and provide language and sign interpreters at community meetings.

    5. Utilize trained facilitators to run community meetings and have present the Dept. of Neighborhoods, Dept of Health, Director of Homelessness, SPD, the non-profit charged with outreach and support of the encampment, and any other relevant Departments and decision makers that can answer questions and make decisions. Take our feedback and incorporate any additional needs/resources.

    6. Publish final plan prior to encampment being permitted.

  2. Accountability:

    1. Provide a written agreement between Neighborhood Group(s) and the City on how long the site will remain, the size of the encampment, how the encampment will be constructed, and how it will be deconstructed.

      1. For the Myers Way site – we are requesting the one year permit for the sanctioned encampment to be retroactive to when the camp was established in July 1, 2016. Therefore, a one year permit until July 1, 2017.

      2. That Highland Park, Myers Way or any other sites in the surrounding South Delridge/Westwood/Roxbury Hill/ Arbor Heights/White Center/North Highline area will not be chosen again for 10 years.

      3. The Myers Way encampment will not grow beyond 35 tents and up to 50 people and will continue as a clean and sober camp.

      4. Why is it tents and not tiny homes?

    2. Provide a plan and outline the increase of police, fire, EMS, and other services.

      1. Specific to Myers Way – outline of how situations will be handled that cross city lines between Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s office.

    3. Assign a consistent contact person within the City to be a single point of contact for neighbors and businesses for specific issues related to the encampment, as well as the unsanctioned encampments/RVs in the area, outside of any emergency situations.

      1. This contact person should coordinate any needs between other departments – such as SPU, SDOT, etc…

    4. Implement programs to help reduce homelessness and crime such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and REACH

      1. In Highland Park and South Delridge within the next 3-6 months.

    5. Provide a timeline and plan for addressing existing unsanctioned encampments and RVs in the area and how any future unsanctioned encampments that may develop as a result of the sanctioned encampment being in the area will be handled.

    6. Provide a timeline and plan for addressing existing abandoned homes/squatters in the area.

    7. Evaluate and increase of lighting in the area – especially near any bus stops, residential and business properties and have regular trash/dumping pick up.

      1. Provide regular trash/dumping pick up at least 2x per week for any problem areas that surround an encampment on Myers Way

    8. Plan and execute regular public education sessions on issues of homelessness and substance abuse with the appropriate non-profits for the community at large.

    9. Provide updates and feedback sessions via community meetings at least every three months in addition to the community advisory council.

    10. Provide each of the local community groups the opportunity to each have a seat on the community advisory council.

Understand the Impact of Stressful Environments on Neighborhoods

In addition to developing and implementing Neighborhood Protocols for Sanctioned Encampments, City officials are encouraged to learn the history of the neighborhood in order to understand what the challenges have been, including issues with crime and how that has been addressed, past encampments, issues with unsanctioned camps, issues of infrastructure need and unmet requests, and the demographics of the neighborhood. Having this understanding going into a neighborhood will help to build trust and working relationships with community members.

If the neighborhood has had a history of chronic environmental stress and/or community trauma, as Highland Park has, it undermines both individual and community resilience in a neighborhood. Social disorganization, crime, and signs of physical deterioration (e.g. vacant housing, litter, graffiti) in a neighborhood can signal to residents that their immediate environment is unsafe.

The City of Seattle has had a long history of neglecting to increase infrastructure and resources in Highland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the Delridge area, from poor performing schools to ever increasing traffic, lack of sidewalks, a food desert, and poor bus service. These issues have been raised for years, some for over 70 years, with little progress.

“The impact of trauma extends beyond the individuals who directly witness or experience violence. Vicarious trauma impacts, for example, service providers, first responders and residents in high-violence communities. The result is both high levels of trauma across the population and a breakdown of social networks, social relationships and positive social norms across the community—all of which could otherwise be protective against violence”

Neighborhoods that are disproportionately exposed to psychosocial hazards such as crime and deterioration are often also without the resources necessary for coping with this chronic stress, such as social support.

There is a need for acknowledgement and understanding that City officials are requesting a community take on the additional burden of an encampment and that some of these communities are also simultaneously experiencing community trauma from persistent stress from crime, violence, deteriorating public spaces, under resourced infrastructure, concentrated poverty, and lack of opportunities. These communities will then need additional resources and support from the City to address current issues and to start to heal from community trauma.

“Healing from this trauma requires that the roads, buildings, parks, transportation and public services be improved and maintained so they encourage positive social interaction and relationships, as well as healthy behaviors and activities”

Chronic environmental stress points on Highland Park residents

Highland Park is a mixed race/mixed income community that has faced historic redlining, has a lower median income as compared to Seattle overall (22% lower than Seattle overall), with 81% of students at Highland Park Elementary on Free or Reduced lunch (May 2016), higher percentage of single parent families (13% as compared to 8% in Seattle overall), and higher percentage of those who speak little to no English (10% vs. 5% for Seattle over all) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

We still feel the effects of that redlining today, with street infrastructure improvements being requested and not addressed; under-performing schools; gang violence; vacant homes and business; cuts to transit; little to no community based services; and located within a food desert to name some of structural conditions neighbors are living under.

In 2007/2008, Highland Park and Myers Way were both identified as potential sites for a jail, which the neighborhood was not in favor of and organized against. Later in 2008, the first Nickelsville encampment started in Highland Park at the Glass Yard site. It was eventually moved until it returned in 2011.

The 2011, Nickelsville site grew too large and became unmanageable and with that a long documented history of the City either being unable or unwilling to address the safety concerns of Nickelsville. From not being able to evict the problem campers from Nickelsville, to those who were evicted moving into the Greenbelt across the street, to increase in petty crime in the neighborhood. Some neighbors expressed feeling trapped in an unsafe situation and ignored by City officials during the time Nickelsville was in Highland Park.

For example: From Seattle Times

“Safety concerns  – Police say they respond to every 911 call and make arrests if there’s evidence of a crime. McGinn ordered stepped-up patrols in the neighborhood after residents wrote Police Chief John Diaz on March 19 [2013] to complain about enforcement.

But Nickelsville residents say they’ve been told by responding officers that the police can’t enforce camp rules and evict problem residents because the entire encampment is on city property illegally.

At a meeting with neighbors last week, Southwest Precinct Commander Capt. Joe Kessler said of Nickelsville, “Whatever rules are in place are not legal rules,” according to a report in the West Seattle Blog.”

It took the threat of lawsuit for the City to finally step in and make changes to how the City deals with encampments. After “…a $1.65 million claim against the city by a neighboring business owner who said the encampment hurt his property value, the city decided to evict the campers who have illegally squatted at the site for two years.”

This is where some of fears and concerns are coming from going into this process of sanctioning an encampment in this neighborhood again. This will be the 3rd encampment in this neighborhood, not including the various encampments throughout the Duwamish Greenbelt.

These are also some of the same safety concerns HPAC has heard from neighbors about this encampment to be sanctioned on Myers Way.

HPAC wants to work with the City to make sure that Camp Second Chance is advocated for and welcomed. We do have concerns that the self run camp, which is doing a great job, will be pushed beyond its own capacity to manage when they are asked to increase its size beyond the tight knit group that is there.

Lastly, this site is surrounded by three communities of unincorporated King County, which have even less resources, the complications of jurisdiction lines between Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s office, and people who have no formal voice in this process because of living on those border lines. HPAC is concerned they will not going given any additional resources or even be able to advocate for more police in their neighborhoods, because they are not part of Seattle.

We look forward to continuing to dialog and work with the surrounding committee groups along with the City of Seattle to address the issues of homelessness during this crisis.

It is also our hope that the City of Seattle will provide HPAC and the surrounding neighborhoods with a plan based off our suggested protocols within a reasonable time frame, preferably before mid January 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to your response.


Sincerely,

Gunner Scott, Chair
HPAC
Hpacchair@gmail.com

Citations:
Pinderhughes H, Davis R, Williams M. (2015). Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma. Prevention Institute, Oakland CA. https://www.preventioninstitute.org/sites/default/files/publications/Adverse%20Community%20Experiences%20and%20Resilience.pdf
Karb, R. A., Elliott, M. R., Dowd, J. B., & Morenoff, J. D. (2012). Neighborhood-level stressors, social support, and diurnal patterns of cortisol: the Chicago Community Adult Health Study. Social Science & Medicine (1982), 75(6), 1038–1047. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.031

HPAC Updates: Myers Way Encampment and what this means for our community

Hello Highland Park Neighbors

Happy Holidays! Thank you for supporting HPAC and our neighborhood.

As many may have learned, Mayor Murray has announced that Myers Way Parcel will be one of the three new homeless encampments sites. HPAC was given notice of this at approximately 7p via email the night before the announcement. Over the last day, we have reached out to our neighbors in Highline/Top Hat/White Center, as those communities surround the area, but do not have representation as they are part of unincorporated King County.

Currently, Camp Second Chance has been in that location and the intention so far we have heard from the city is that Camp Second Chance will continue to be there, with an expansion.

HPAC is looking forward to working with Highline Neighborhood group, along with our neighbors in Delridge area to gather information about the plan for this encampment, what the needs will be for our communities in terms of police/security, unauthorized camping in other sections of the Greenbelt, mitigating the environmental impact of the wetlands and Hamm Creek, addressing the issues of dumping and RVs along Myers Way, and other needs that may arise.

As we know the issue of homelessness is complex and complicated – there is no quick or easy fix. Our intentions are to be a supportive community to all of our neighbors, with the understanding that we all want safe, peaceful, and welcoming neighborhoods and streets.

HPAC is disappointed that no other West Seattle location was chosen, we see this as an issue of parity with the rest of West Seattle. We are being asked to host another encampment when no other West Seattle neighborhood has done so. As you know, Highland Park was the site of Nickelsville for three years and was a potential site for an RV safe lot. While this is not on the same location, the same factors are in place and much like the concerns we had with hosting the RV site at the bottom of Highland Park Way, the Myers Way site is far from ideal, with limited transit options, a significant distance from food options, and lack of connection to surrounding communities and services. For further background see West Seattle Blog’s coverage.

HPAC will continue to advocate for neighborhood and our homeless neighbors, but without the City of Seattle addressing our lack of overall infrastructure improvements for the Highland Park area and without parity with the rest of Seattle, it feels as though our neighborhood continues to a bear burden that more resourced areas of Seattle do not.

Highland Park is a mixed race/mixed income community that has faced historic redlining, has a lower median income as compared to Seattle overall (22% lower than Seattle overall), with 81% of students at Highland Park Elementary on Free or Reduced lunch (May 2016), higher percentage of single parent families (13% as compared to 8% in Seattle overall), and higher percentage of those who speak little to no English (10% vs. 5% for Seattle over all) and 28% of our neighbors are immigrants as compared to 18% for Seattle over all.

With this in mind, HPAC will continue to aggressively advocate for increased resources for Highland Park Elementary school, address the dangerous intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, and Highland Parkway overall, a major egress out of West Seattle, again request the LEAD program to implemented in our neighborhood, increased transit including reworking the 131 bus route, increased buses overall, and finishing installing sidewalks and drainage, to name a few.

Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to discuss with city leaders our community concerns and needs. I would like to represent and reflect these questions, requests, and concerns as accurately and authentically as possible. I also request that you also directly address city officials with your concerns and needs.

We have been alerted that there will be a community meeting, sometime in December or January and we will notify the community once the date and location are set.

My ask of you:

  1. Please email me in the next week with your questions, concerns, needs, and requests regarding the encampment at hpacchair@gmail.com so that I may compile them and bring to meetings with city officials.
  2. Attend our next HPAC meeting – January 25th – We have asked Councilmember Lisa Herbold to present on the “State of Delridge” and her priorities for 2017.
  3. Comment on the HALA recommendations
  4. Learn more about Camp Second Chance – http://greaterseattlecares.org/encampments/camp-second-chance/csctg-code-of-conduct/
  5. Consider joining HPAC’s steering committee, elections take place in February, email me for further information or come to our next meeting.
  6. Volunteer with HPAC – We are also in need of a graphic designer and members for our community survey committee.

In addition, you can reach out to:

You can contact the Mayor’s office via this form http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

George ScarolaDirector of Homelessness
City of Seattle | Office of the Mayor
O: 206.684.0969 | george.scarola@seattle.gov

Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Phone:206-684-8803
Email:Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov

How do I report a problem encampment site? 

Seattle’s Customer Service Bureau (CSB) works with city, county, and state agencies to coordinate unauthorized encampment response. Please report unauthorized encampment sites to CSB at 206-684-2489 or online at http://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau. CSB will coordinate cleanup and outreach services with the appropriate agency.

Reminder for Upcoming Open Houses on HALA: What to expect
Presented by City of Seattle
December 7: SW Neighborhoods
5:30-7:30pm, Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery

Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda: DRAFT Neighborhood proposals to create more affordable housing. See a city-wide map HERE.

Parks and Recreation: Come and learn about using walkability and other transportation metrics to map how new parks and green spaces will be chosen in the future.

SDOT: Learn about how Move Seattle is shaping transportation projects and programs in your neighborhood. Also, shape your Greenway by telling us where you want to see new connections and safer crossings for people walking and biking.

SDCI: Rapid Ride and Parking Reform are in the works. Learn more about flexibility and sharing off-street parking, on-street parking, carshare and bicycle travel choices and frequent transit service.

Thank you for being a part of our HPAC community and working for a vibrant, safe, and livable neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
Chair, HPAC

HALA & REZONING FOR AFFORDABILITY IN DISTRICT 1: THE CITY WANTS YOUR INPUT – DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON?

HPAC urges members to attend this info session hosted by the Morgan Community Association (MoCA) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club 

This informational session to help you understand Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability rezones proposed for the five District 1 Urban Villages, in advance of a December city-sponsored Open House. This learning session will enable you to go the Open House knowing what is proposed and prepared to give input or ask questions of City staff.

For the past year, the City of Seattle has been developing plans to fund affordable housing. One of the proposals is the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) concept. Under MHA, new development in Seattle will contribute directly to affordable housing by either building affordable homes on site or making a payment to the City to fund affordable housing throughout Seattle. To put MHA requirements into effect, the City must make zoning changes that will allow more development within Urban Villages and other areas zoned for multifamily and commercial development.Proposed areas of rezoning are depicted in newly released maps, and City staff will want input on proposed District 1 rezones at their December 7 Open House.

It is a complicated issue, with lots of ‘moving parts.’ To help you figure out what is going on, we’re setting up a user-friendly informational session with goals of:

  • To give enough background information so people understand the MHA proposed program;
  • To understand how to read the proposed rezone maps;
  • To remind people of their Urban Village Neighborhood Plan Goals and Policies and relationship to MHA principles;
  • To give people tools so that they enter the City’s Open House able to give informed input and/or ask questions to get the information they need.

Please join us –   Rezoning for Affordability in District 1: The City Wants Your Input – Do You Know What’s Going On?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 – SW Holden Street, Seattle, WA 98106

  • Street parking is available nearby
  • Metro Routes 125 and 128 stop at 16th Ave. SW at Holden; walk east on Holden to 12th Street
  • Light refreshments will be available
  • There will be a coloring corner for kids.

SAVE THE DATE(S)

HALA Community Meeting Hosted by City of Seattle

SW Community Meeting: Affordable Housing Neighborhood Maps + Other City Services

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30PM

Location Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery, 4752 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Please tell us your thoughts on MHA proposed zoning changes.
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Event Description Come join us for casual conversation around proposed changes to your neighborhood to generate more affordable housing, improve transportation services, and parks investments. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome.

We will be sharing the following Urban Village maps:
– Admiral Junction
– Morgan Junction
– Highland Park
– Westwood Village
– South Park

If you don’t see the Urban Village that you are curious about listed here, check the other community meetings or get in touch with us and we can help you decide the most appropriate meeting to attend.

DON Programs Neighborhood Planning
Department/Organization Neighborhoods
Sponsoring Organization Department of Neighborhoods; Office of Planning and Community Development; Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation; Seattle Department of Transportation
Contact Jesseca Brand
Contact Phone 206.733.9982
Contact Email Jesseca.brand@seattle.gov
Pre-Register No
Cost Free
Link www.seattle.gov…

Also reminder the next HPAC meeting is Jan 25, 2017.

Join us on October 26th for HPAC meeting for Panel on the Issue of Homelessness

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

HPAC is hosting a panel discussion on the issue of homelessness in the neighborhood for our October Meeting.

This panel is being created in response to local concerns, creating a common understanding of homelessness, the challenges some may face accessing housing, and ways we can help. Speaking on the panel will be Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home; Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services; and a member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team. The panel is moderated by Gunner Scott, Chair of HPAC.

Goals for the discussion include dispelling stereotypes, demystify homelessness, and to lay the groundwork for greater communication, understanding and involvement between all neighbors – housed and unhoused. There will be time for Q & A.

Everyone is welcome.

More about our panelists:

Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home
http://www.eghseattle.org/

Ms. Herold has been an executive director of social service nonprofits for 13 years and director of companies providing health care for an additional 3 years. She has an MA in Organizational Systems with an emphasis on Leadership & Organizational Development from Saybrook University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University in Recreation & Parks.

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.

Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services
http://patacara.org/

Polly Trout is the founder and Executive Director of Patacara Community Services, and all-volunteer, faith based nonprofit that offers supportive services to our unhoused neighbors. Polly has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University. She has been providing supportive services to homeless neighbors for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising, and in building cross-class, anti-racist, multicultural community. Polly is a layperson and mother with a nonsectarian Dharma practice. She serves on the board of the Northwest Dharma Association and is affiliated with the Evergreen Spiritual Alliance, an interfaith cooperative of spiritual teachers. In 2002 Polly founded Seattle Education Access, a local nonprofit that provides college access and retention services to low income and at risk young adults.

Patacara Community Services is a faith based nonprofit offering compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We provide services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. We are a nonsectarian, all-volunteer, grassroots community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and values service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness. Our current focus area is offering supportive services to our unhoused neighbors.

A member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team.

Camp Second Chance, a safe and sober encampment in West Seattle – located at 9625 Myers Way S. Seattle, WA 98108. This is unused City of Seattle property, on what is known as the Myers Parcels. The camp is not permitted, but CSC are hoping to move it back to a permitted site asap. The camp strives to be sober, clean, safe, and ethical. While CSC continues to search for a permitted site they are asking the city to refrain from sweeping the site.

Other Agenda items:

  • HPIC announcements
  • HPAC Updates on HALA, Rezone, and Delridge District Council
  • Community announcements and closing

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