SEATTLE — The city of Seattle wants to find a better solution for its homeless encampments, but the plan by city leaders to shut-down Nickelsville has homeless advocates making a last stand.

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated yesterday at 6:29 PM

 

Where should Seattle’s homeless go?  It’s a question that is coming to a head now that the illegal tent city called Nickelsville is being forced to close.

Some want to legalize up to three homeless encampments on public and private land. The camps would have about 100 people each and be strictly regulated.

But, what neighborhoods?  It will be a tough sell.

Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata sponsored the ordinance.

“As long as it’s not permanent, well managed, and doesn’t decrease public safety,” he said.

Tent cities are allowed at religious sites, like church parking lots. In the past decade, some 30 churches have hosted the homeless.

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