Although there are dozens of available plots that would work well for Nickelsville, City
officials have not yet offered a reasonable site for relocation. In addition to a city ordinance
that limits the duration of stay for sanctioned encampments to two years, the Ballard
Nickelsville community has expressed a deep commitment to keeping their 2-year promise
to their NW Market St. neighbors, and have vowed to move mid-November — even if they
don’t have anywhere to relocate.
Please sign our petition!
Dear Mayor Tim Burgess, Director of Homelessness George Scarola, HSD
Encampment Placement Coordinator Lisa Gustaveson, and the Seattle City Council:
We understand that you are working to identify a suitable site for the relocation of the
Nickelsville Sanctioned Encampment in Ballard, and we urge you to provide the residents
with a new site that: (1) is at least as large as their current location; (2) ensures access for
visitors, as well as trash collection and porta potty servicing; and (3) is offered to the
current residents at least 30 days before their required November 18th move date.
As neighbors of the Nickelsville Encampment in Ballard we have had a chance to see
firsthand what a strong, empathetic and supportive community can achieve. The residents
of this encampment have built an intentional community and have forged strong, positive
relationships with those living and working nearby. They have built this community utilizing
solar energy, which is safer and more accessible to disabled people than a camp with
cables running on the ground. They have created a system of security that makes certain
drug and alcohol use does not occur on site and is not a factor in their lives. This
community, hosting around 22 people at a time, has helped many people get the
resources they need in order to find work and housing.
The Nickelsville Ballard residents have built a reputation of honor in the neighborhood, and
have vowed to uphold the commitment they made to leave by November 18. The residents
of Nickelsville realize that a breach of trust regarding the move-out date at their current
location may reflect negatively on any possible future location for Nickelsville
encampments. For this reason, an extended period of stay at 2826 NW Market street is not
an option. In order to preserve the safety and security of their community we call on you to
provide them with a site that meets their stated needs at least 30 days before they must
In order to maintain the systems and connections they have developed, and upon which
they depend for their survival, the encampment will need a space at least as large as their
current 9500 sq. ft. location, and preferably larger. We urge you to respect the residents’
knowledge of what is needed to successfully address their needs for safety, stability and
It is stressful and disruptive to move under ordinary circumstances. The residents of
Nickelsville are contending with extraordinary circumstances just to survive. They will
need as much advance notice as possible in order to make the complicated transition to
their new temporary home. We call on you to offer them a suitable new location in writing
by October 18, 2017.
Concerned Nickelsville Neighbors
Neighborhood Action Council, District 6