Housed people join their unhoused neighbors and camp outside of City Hall for a night of performance art and protest after a second budget hearing on Nov. 1.
They stand against sweeps of homeless people, which they feel are inhumane and serve only to move those without stable housing around the city in an endless cycle.
City officials say that new encampment-removal policies mitigate the worst effects by offering shelter, giving notice of removals and storing belongings. But a recent report by the Office of Civil Rights — already contested by City Hall — suggests that new procedures still struggle to get people into shelter.
Special Report: Understanding sweeps
Why Sweep? The swirling logic behind Seattle’s mass evictions of unauthorized camps
Rough count: How the city has counted the sweeps has changed over the years
What does a sweep cost, anyway? The ongoing cleanups of unsanctioned encampments have been a keystone campaign issue, yet no one seems to know how much they cost or what they achieve
An unending cycle: While the city wrangles over policy, homeless people are trying to survive
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