Posted on August 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated today at 12:28 PM

The deadline is Sunday, September 1 for campers to move out of the Nickelsville tent city.

The Seattle City Council voted in July to close the homeless encampment and help residents find more permanent places to live, but on its final night, the camp is as full as ever.

More than 100 people were still staying at the camp, and while work was still being done here and there throughout Saturday, there was still a lot of work left to be done.

A walk through Nckelsville Saturday revealed how unlikely it is all will be gone by Sunday

“You can see we’re really doing our best, but we’re really short on labor, wheelbarrows, money,” said Michael Montanari, one of the camp’s “move masters” in charge of coordinating relocation efforts to the three new designated sites throughout Seattle. He says the move will happen.

“And tomorrow is our main really work day, 10-6. That’s our moving day,” said Montanari Saturday.

In most ways, life continues on as usual – food is delivered, dishes are washed and the vast majority of tents are still standing for one more night in Nickelsville.

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Nickelsville organizers secure two more camp sites


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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 12:40 PM

Organizers of the homeless encampment Nickelsville have secured two more camp sites, in addition to one they found in the Central District.

The announcement came just three days before the city was scheduled to evict campers from their current location in South Seattle.

Some residents had vowed to stand their ground if they couldn’t find a place to relocate to by September 1st.

“We’re a community that helps one another,” said camper Rachel Johnson. “This is a safe place and this is our family.”

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