Seattle budget changes may upend the city’s response to homeless encampments

Seattle budget changes may upend the city's response to homeless encampments

Our REACH team pulled out of the sweep efforts of Seattle’s Navigation Team a year ago, as “the team was overly focused on clearing encampments and moving people into shelters when that’s not the best option for everyone.” Case managers could not form trusting relationships with their homeless clients when they were followed by officers forcing relocation of encampments. Our community needs to fund programs that can build trust with our most vulnerable, not fear.

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