Who to share your opinion with about Nickelsville

In light of tonight’s meeting, here is some contact information to start with if you’d like to let some folks know how you feel about Nickelsville in its current location. If you think of it, please  copy me on whatever you send: hpacchair@gmail.com .

Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith: darryl.smith@seattle.gov , 233-7893

Jerry DeGrieck, Senior Policy Advisor at Mayor’s Office: jerry.degrieck@seattle.gov , 684-4029

Nick Licata, Seattle City Council: nick.licata@seattle.gov

Sally Clark, President of Seattle City Council: sally.clark@seattle.gov

I would say Mike McGinn, but it took him 8 months to reply to my last email, so I’m not sure it really matters to write him.

Here is a copy of what I sent as a precursor of a more formal letter to follow at the beginning of April:

I want to give you a heads up that the Highland Park Action Committee met last night, and while we have been very patient with having Nickelsville at the bottom of Highland Park Drive, the consensus in the neighborhood is that we are ready to call for an eviction and ask for a move out date. We have not asked for that yet, but have continued to inform you of our displeasure with having the camp in the same location for 2 years now.

You have set a dangerous precedent for all neighborhoods in Seattle, one I am confident not all neighborhoods will be tolerant of. Organizations such as Scott Morrow’s can now point to Nickelsville and your inaction (and help in some cases), as a justification for squatting illegally on public land for years at a time. We do not want to go through another summer with the encampment at its current location, and look forward to hearing a move out date from you as soon as possible. We understand that Food Lifeline’s interests in the property will end at the end of March, if you can’t figure out how to make that deal happen, you have missed a golden opportunity. Regardless of that opportunity, we would like that property free of an encampment. Should we not hear from you with a move out date, we will be forced to take action which will include media on a local and national level, a lot of emails and visits to your offices from our community, and a lawsuit.

Thank you for your prompt attention, and I am sorry to be so abrupt – we have tried to be kind, we have tried to be tolerant and understanding of both your situation, and that of the homeless, but we are finished. We feel taken advantage of and ignored, we feel disrespected as a community, and are one big group of angry voters. We are working on a more official call for eviction to come to you after Food Lifeline’s “end of March” date for having that deal figured out.





Contacting City Council Members for Food Lifeline

We heard from Food Lifeline at our last meeting, and they promised to send us some information about contacting members of city council to encourage them to move forward on their plans for a new Hunger Relief Solution Center.  Here it is! They have identified the site at the bottom of Highland Park Drive that currently hosts Nickelsville, and are actively working with Nickelsville and the city to find a relocation spot for them. The site would allow Food Lifeline to consolidate and expand operations to secure more food, deliver it to more people, operate even more efficiently, and work toward ending hunger in our community. The major parcels of the land that are needed are currently owned by the City of Seattle and the State of Washington. Work with the state is moving along well, but they need some help in convincing members of the City Council that the new building would be an ideal way to use that land.
That’s where you come in. Political leaders really do listen to their constituents. Speak up on their behalf to help move their vision forward. Please contact city council:

The City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation currently owns part of the site where Food Lifeline hopes to build the new building. The site is not currently being used, nor are there immediate plans for its use.
You can help by sending an email to the City Council membersTim BurgessSally ClarkRichard ConlinNick Licata and Tom Rasmussen. Let them know why you support Food Lifeline and its critical role in our community. Then, be succinct, passionate and direct in covering these points:

  • Food Lifeline needs a new building to increase its capacity to feed hungry children, families and seniors in Seattle
  • An identified site on West Marginal Way is an ideal location
  • The site should be declared surplus and transferred to Food Lifeline so it can serve thousands more hungry people for years to come
  • Ask them specifically for their support and to move quickly in taking action

Time is of the essence. They must move forward to acquire the land within the next few weeks to keep the building plans on schedule! Your investment in the campaign will build a new, consolidated 150,000-square foot Hunger Relief Solution Center where solutions to hunger are real and tangible, executed expertly and efficiently, and focused on ensuring that none of our neighbors goes hungry.

Camping in the Greenbelt

We have a commitment from the Mayor’s office to help us get the greenbelt cleaned up, but we need your help and experience to locate encampments: please call the City’s Customer Service Bureau at 684-2489 with specific locations of encampments in the greenbelt. (The more calls the better)