Human Services, Equitable Development, & Renter Rights Committee Public Hearing 10/17/19

Human Services, Equitable Development, & Renter Rights Committee Public Hearing 10/17/19


>>>GOOD EVENING. THIS IS A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE HUMAN SERVICES, EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND RENTER RIGHTS COMMITTEE THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL. THE TIME IS 5:17 P.M. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 AND WE ARE IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS. I AM UNFORTUNATELY NOT JOINED BY ANY OTHER COUNCIL MEMBER AND I SAY VERY UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE ALL DAY TODAY COUNCILMEMBERS WERE WAXING ELOQUENT ON THE BUDGET, ON HOW COMPASSIONATE THEY ARE TOWARD HOMELESS PEOPLE BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS AND ADVOCATES ABOUT A TERRIFIC AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM UNFORTUNATELY I AM HERE BY MYSELF. I WILL HOPE THAT COUNCILMEMBERS ARE STILL ON THEIR WAY TO JOIN ME BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WILL. I DO FEEL HAPPY THAT COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN SENT HIS APOLOGIES HE WAS NOT GOING TO BE HERE, HE SENT A FEW REMARKS ABOUT WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT TINY HOUSE VILLAGES WHICH I WANTED TO READ RIGHT NOW. THIS IS FROM COUNCILMEMBER O’BRIEN. SINCE WE PASSED LEGISLATION IN 2015 ALLOWING USE PERMITS FOR SANCTION ENCAMPMENTS WE FOUND THIS TO BE AN INVALUABLE TOOL IN ADDRESSING THE HOMELESS CRISIS WE ARE IN. NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION PER MINUTE WE NEED TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET THE NEED, THANK YOU TO COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT ON HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS, WE THINK HIM FOR THAT STATEMENT AND WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE PUBLIC HEARING AS WE ARE. TODAY’S MEETING HAS ONE POINT ON THE AGENDA THIS PUBLIC HEARING INTO THE LEGISLATION THAT MY OFFICE HAS PUT FORWARD TO EXPAND OPTIONS FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ACROSS THE CITY HERE AS WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEETINGS THAT I HAVE CHAIRED ON MAY 24 AND SEPTEMBER 10 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE HAVE BEEN PERHAPS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE FACING HOMELESSNESS, THEY PROVIDE THINGS ESSENTIAL TO HUMAN BEINGS. DIGNITY, PRIVACY, SAFETY, A PLACE TO STORE YOUR BELONGINGS. MANY VILLAGES HAVE SELF- MANAGEMENT WHERE RESIDENTS ARE EMPOWERED TO RUN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES AND ALL VILLAGES ARE PROVIDED WITH ESSENTIAL SERVICES LIKE CASE MANAGEMENT. EVEN BASED ON THE METRIC OF THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE WHICH IS TRACKING TRANSITIONS TO PERMANENT HOUSING WHICH WE DON’T THINK IS THE MOST USEFUL INDICATOR FOR ALL HOMELESS SERVICES BUT GOING BY THAT MEASURE WHICH ULTIMATELY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDICATOR, WERE YOU ABLE TO MOVE INTO HOUSING, BY THAT MEASURE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ARE FOR FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN EVEN THE ENHANCED SHELTERS. WHILE WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE TO ADVOCATE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY TAXING BIG BUSINESS AND YOU KNOW WE ARE CONSTANTLY STRESSING THAT TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR ACTUAL HOUSING WE DO BELIEVE THEY HAVE PROVEN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL AND HUMANE MECHANISM TO HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE FIRST OF ALL NOT BE ON THE STREETS, NOT FACE VIOLENCE AND THE ELEMENTS AND FIND A PATH TOWARD HOUSING IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER PROGRAM HAS SUCCEEDED TO DO. IN ADDITION TO FIGHTING FOR FUNDING FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES BY TAXING BIG BUSINESS WE ALSO NEED RENT CONTROL SO PEOPLE HAVE REAL OPTIONS TO MAINTAIN HOUSING STABILITY, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM WHY DID YOU BECOME HOMELESS AS A STARTING POINT AS ONE OF THE MANY COMBINATIONS OF STARTING POINTS WHY YOU BECAME HOMELESS IT OFTEN HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT YOUR RENT WAS UNSUSTAINABLE. SO WE CANNOT BE ADVOCATES FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES WITHOUT ALSO BEING ADVOCATES FOR EXPANDING PROGRESSIVE REVENUE BY TAXING BIG BUSINESS TO FUND SOCIAL HOUSING AND ADVOCATING FOR RENT CONTROL. I WANTED TO SHARE WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE 43rd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR THE STATE HAS UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSED RENT CONTROL WITHOUT LOOPHOLES, SIMILARLY, THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT. SIMILARLY AND BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OF THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WON THE UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION AND ACTUALLY SOME OF THE GRASSROOTS ADVOCATES IN THE PARTY WHO ADVOCATED ARE RIGHT HERE. BARBARA AND HER PARTNER SO EVERYONE SHOULD THANK THEM. THESE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS NOW BRING 25 ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PASSED RESOLUTIONS IN FAVOR OF RENT CONTROL. HOWEVER, WHILE HOMELESSNESS EXISTS THERE IS NO REASON PEOPLE SHOULD BE LEFT ON THE STREET WITH NOWHERE TO GO, TINY HOUSE VILLAGES CAN BE BUILT QUICKLY AND INEXPENSIVELY. AS LONG AS WE HAVE A CRISIS OF HOMELESSNESS THERE SHOULD BE TINY HOUSE IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS NOWHERE BETTER TO GO. THAT IS WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT, I AM PLEASED WE ARE HAVING THIS HEARING AROUND THE BILL WE HAVE PUT FORWARD EXPANDING OPTIONS TO BUILD TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE, IN PARTICULAR PASSING THE BILL WILL ALLOW VILLAGES LIKE GEORGETOWN AND NORTH LAKE TO CONTINUE TO RENEW THEIR PERMITS AS LONG AS IT IS JUSTIFIED IN TERMS OF HOW WELL THE VILLAGE IS WORKING AND THERE IS STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT, ALLOWING UP TO 40 VILLAGES IN SEATTLE USING THIS TYPE OF PERMIT, REMOVE ARBITRARY RESTRICTIONS ABOUT LOCATIONS OF VILLAGES AND MANY OTHER SMALL CHANGES TO INCREASE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE IMPORTANT BUT IT WILL NOT BE ENOUGH BY ITSELF. WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR FUNDING TO EXPAND TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN THE BUDGET AND IN THE MOVEMENT FOR 2019 WE HAVE PUT FORWARD LEGISLATION TO FUND NOT JUST SIGHT BUT FUND THE ADDITIONAL 20 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE. DO WE AGREE WITH THAT?>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE HUMAN AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS OF HOUSE LIST PEOPLE. THOSE ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT AND SHOULD BE DISCUSSED AND I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BRINGING THOSE POINTS IN PUBLIC HEARING EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT DIRECTLY PART OF THE LEGISLATION BUT WE REALLY WANT STRONGLY, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ALSO TALK ABOUT WHY YOU SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL EXPAND THE ABILITY TO CITE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN THE CITY AND WHY YOU SUPPORT EXTRA FUNDS IN THE BUDGET IN ORDER TO FUND EXPANSION OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES BECAUSE YOUR TESTIMONIALS ARE GOING TO REACH COUNCILMEMBERS EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT HERE THEY ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT IS THE BASIS FOR US TO BUILD THIS COALITION OF VOICES SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ADVOCATE FOR OR SAY WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE BILL AND THE FUNDING FOR EXPANDING TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. BEFORE WE BEGIN THE PUBLIC HEARING I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE LEGISLATION, AFTER TODAY’S HEARING THIS WILL COUNT AS LAND- USE LEGISLATION WHICH THE CITY WAS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AND IT HAS ITS OWN LEGAL REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING AN APPEAL PROCESS THAT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE COUNCIL CAN VOTE, THE ANALYSIS WAS APPEALED TO BY ELIZABETH CAMPBELL WHO ALSO HELD UP THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT SO THAT APPEAL HAS GONE TO THE HEARING EXAMINER FOR A HEARING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER HOWEVER CITY ATTORNEYS HAVE FILED FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND IF THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL WE COULD IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, WE COULD BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THIS AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER. IF THE CITY ATTORNEYS ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN THAT WE WILL STILL BE ABLE TO VOTE BUT IT WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL THE HEARING EXAMINER APPROVES THE ANALYSIS BY THE CITY DONE THROUGH THE HARD WORK OF COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF BUT REALISTICALLY IF IT GOES TO THIS STEP IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN UNTIL NEXT YEAR. MY OFFICE WILL KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED ON THE PROGRESS OF THAT APPEAL AND WHEN THE LEGISLATION BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR VOTE WE WILL INFORM ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. WE WILL NOW BEGIN THE PUBLIC HEARING, THIS PUBLIC HEARING IS PART OF THE LEGALLY REQUIRED PROCEDURES FOR LAND-USE LEGISLATION. LIKE THIS ONE. EVERYONE WANTS TO SPEAK SHALL HAVE TWO MINUTES. PLEASE DO NOT GO OVERTIME SO WE CAN MAKE SURE WE GET OUT OF HERE IN A TIMELY MANNER BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYBODY HAS OTHER THINGS TO GET TO IN THEIR PERSONAL LIFE. I’M GOING TO CALL NAMES AND WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR NAME PLEASE LINE UP BEHIND THE MICROPHONE SO WE DO NOT WASTE TIME BETWEEN SPEAKERS WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO GET IN AND OUT OF THEIR SEATS. BEFORE I CALL OUT SEVERAL NAMES AT ONCE WILL YOU READ THE LEGISLATION INTO THE RECORD?>> CB 119656 ORDINANCE RELATING TO LAND USE AND ZONING PROVIDING ENCAMPMENTS FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS ALLOWED ON ANY PROPERTY OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION WITHOUT APPROVAL OF PERMIT UNDER THE SEATTLE LAND USE CODE TO PERMIT TRANSITIONAL ENCAMPMENTS FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN ALL PUBLICLY OWNED OR PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND PROVIDING FOR RENEWAL OF TEMPORARY USE PERMITS FOR TRANSITIONAL ENCAMPMENTS AS A TYPE I DECISION AS THE DIRECTOR AMENDING SECTIONS 23 — OF THE SEATTLE MUNICIPAL CODE AND AMENDING ORDINANCE 124747.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU FOR THAT. BEFORE I CALL OUT THE NAMES I WANT TO READ ONE THING THAT I THOUGHT WAS VERY STRIKING I HAVE BEEN THROUGH FIVE BUDGET PROCESSES NOT INCLUDING THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR THE CITY COUNCIL GOES THROUGH THE SAME DISCUSSION OF DO WE HAVE ENOUGH DATA? THERE IS AMBIGUITY. ARE THE SWEEPS WORKING OR NOT? WE KNOW THAT SWEEPS DO NOT WORK IN THIS IS NOT STATISTICAL EVIDENCE BUT IT IS STRONG ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE. THIS IS SOMETHING I BROUGHT UP YEAR AFTER YEAR. I HAVE TALKED TO SO MANY HOMELESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ADVOCATES, NOT ONCE HAS ANYBODY SAID I WAS HOMELESS AND BEING SWEPT, BEING PART OF A HOMELESS SWEEP HELPED ME GET INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. BEING PART OF IT INCREASED MORALE, I’M NOT BEING FACETIOUS. THE REASON I SAY THIS IS CONTRAST ZERO INSTANCES OF HOMELESS PEOPLE SAYING THAT A SWEEP HELPED TO COUNTLESS INSTANCES WHERE PEOPLE SAY THIS OR THAT PROGRAM HELPED. THERE ARE MANY USEFUL PROGRAMS THAT HELPED PEOPLE IT IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND THE SAME THING APPLIES TO TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE HEARD FROM ABOUT HOW THIS HAS BEEN A LIFELINE IS TREMENDOUS. I WANT TO READ ONE SUCH EMAIL. FROM A RESIDENT DEBORAH FOSTER WHO SAYS TINY HOUSE VILLAGES SAVED MY LIFE. SHE IS TALKING ABOUT YES. TINY HOUSE VILLAGE MANAGED BY CHER AND WE KNOW SIMILAR GREAT WORK IS BEING DONE BY NICHOLASVILLE AND LEHIGH AND MANY GROUPS. SHE SAYS NOT ONLY DO THEY MANAGE THE VILLAGE BUT THEY’RE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD SURROUNDING A VILLAGE, THEY INTERACTED WITH VARIOUS RESOURCES IN THE LOCAL AREA TO GIVE US ONE COMMUNITY MEAL A DAY FROM A CHURCH CLUBS AND AGENCIES. WE HAD A MEDICAL MOBILE VAN COME EVERY WEEK, THERE WERE PEST-CONTROL CHECKS AND TOILET SERVICES. IF NOT FOR THEIR HELP I WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST POSSIBLY IN RELAPSE WITH NO RESOURCES. THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE TAUGHT RESPONSIBILITY ACCORDING TO SKILL LEVEL AND TAUGHT US HOW IMPORTANT THE COMMUNITY IS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO GIVE BACK. I WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR MAKING ME THE COMMUNITY MEMBER I AM IN SOCIETY TODAY. WE WILL HEAR TESTIMONY TONIGHT.>> [ CALLING NAMES ] >>IF YOU CAN LINE UP IN ORDER. GO AHEAD. EACH OF YOU HAS TWO MINUTES.>>GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR THE MEETING AND THANK YOU FOR BEING PRESENT IN THE CHAMBERS. I AM A MEMBER OF WILL I AM A LEADER OF WOMEN IN BLACK FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW WHO WE ARE WE STAND FOR EVERY SINGLE HOMELESS PERSON THAT DIES OUTSIDE OF VIOLENCE IN KING COUNTY. BRINGING THIS YEAR’S TOTAL TO 93 THAT WE STOOD FOR IN 2019. AS OF OCTOBER 11 IN 2018 WE HAVE STOOD FOR 100, THE NUMBERS ARE GOING UP, I CANNOT EVEN SAY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE HAVE ENCAMPMENTS, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE NEED PEOPLE GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY PIONEERS TO BE GIVEN REAL POWER TO RUN THESE COMMUNITIES, THEY HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR SO LONG THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THE POWER TO CONTINUE TO DO IT. I AM A FORMER THANK GOD FOR THEIR PARTICIPANT. SELF-MANAGEMENT MEANS A LOT, PEOPLE SHOULD WANT TO SEE THINGS CHANGE IN THE CITY AND IF YOU COUNCILMEMBERS DO NOT CHANGE IT HOW CAN US AS A PEOPLE NOT WANT TO SEE A CHANGE? IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME ESPECIALLY BECAUSE MY HEART IS BROKEN. EVERY TIME I STAND AT A VIGIL IT BREAKS MY HEART AND I WANT TO SEE CHANGES, WE NEED TO HAVE THE POWER THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>THANK YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>HEY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I AM WITH CHER AND WILL AND WOMEN IN BLACK. I AM GLAD TO SEE YOUR PROPOSAL FOR $12 MILLION TO EXPAND THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, 20 NEW VILLAGES AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. SHARE AND WILL AND NICHOLASVILLE ARE THE PIONEERS IN SELF MANAGE ENCAMPMENTS AND IN TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. NO AGENCY WOULD BE EAGER TO SET UP A NEW TINY HOUSE VILLAGE TODAY IF NICHOLASVILLE HAD NOT PROVEN THE MODEL SUCCESSFUL. NO AGENCY WOULD BE EAGER TO CLAIM AN ENCAMPMENTS IF SHARE AND WILL HAD NOT PROVEN THE MODEL SUCCESSFUL. SELF MANAGED ENCAMPMENTS AND TINY HOUSE VILLAGES HAVE A GREAT TRACK RECORD OF INCREASING COMMUNITY, BOTH WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND BETWEEN HOMELESS AND HOUSED PEOPLE. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE POWER BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE WORK. AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE RECORD OF DOING GREAT WORK. INCREASING THE NUMBER THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IS GOING TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS LIKE SHE SAID WE ALREADY HAVE WAY TOO DAM MANY. PLEASE, LET THERE BE LESS DEATH NEXT YEAR AND MORE SHELTER, THANK YOU.>>I’M NOT SURE I CAN FOLLOW UP SPEECHES. R COMPLETELY MOVING MY FRIENDS IN WHEEL AND WOMEN IN BLACK DO REALLY GREAT WORK, MY NAME IS ALEX FINCH, I APOLOGIZE FOR MY TERRIBLE HANDWRITING BUT I AM ONE OF THE THREE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADERS AT NICHOLASVILLE NORTHLAKE. MYSELF ALONG WITH OTHER RESIDENTS OF NORTHLAE SUPPORT THIS GREEN SHEET AND SUPPORT THIS NEW PROPOSED LEGISLATION. LIKE THEY SAID WITH 93 OUTDOOR OR VIOLENT DEATHS IN THE HOMELESSNESS COMMUNITY I BELIEVE THIS IS MORALLY AND ETHICALLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO. NOT ONLY WILL YOU SAVE LIVES BUT IT WILL HELP THE MAYOR FOLLOW THROUGH ON HER PROMISE OF OPENING 1000 NEW TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, TINY HOUSES. I REALLY THINK THE FULL COUNCIL SHOULD BE HERE TODAY TO HEAR WHAT WE OUGHT TO SAY AND I REALLY DO HOPE AFTER THIS THEY WILL SIGN ON. NOT JUST BECAUSE THIS IS MY SHELTER BUT BECAUSE WITHOUT SHELTER PEOPLE DO DIE. THANK YOU.>>NEXT [ CALLING NAMES ] >>CITY COUNCIL PEOPLE OF SEATTLE HERE WE ARE 20 YEARS INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM IN THE SAME 20th CENTURY NONPROFITS ARE STILL IN CHARGE GETTING RICH. CANNOT OFFER FORTHRIGHT DILIGENT EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SHOWER AND LAUNDRY AT THE URBAN REST STOP BY CITY COUNCIL ALLOWING A SUB HUMAN MISTREATING NONPROFIT SIPHONING SO MUCH MONEY, SHE SHORTCHANGES FIRST WORLD NEEDS AND HAS EXTRA TAX DOLLARS TO BUY OUT TAX LOBBYISTS, WE NEED A JUNCTION TO ACTAVIS BROKERING DEALS THAT STEAL FROM THE NEEDS OF THE POOR. SHARON LEE HIRES CASE MANAGERS TO HELP HOMELESS FIND MONEY TO PAY HER RENT YET EVERYTHING SHARON LEE OWNS WAS PAID BY TAXPAYERS RIPPED OFF LIKE THE HOMELESS, SHE USES THE VILLAGES TO MANIPULATE THE DATA SENDING PEOPLE FROM ONE OF HER SHACKS TO ANOTHER RUNDOWN SO-CALLED PERMANENT HOUSINGS WHILE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST SHARE AND NICHOLASVILLE AND COMPETITION TODAY TO MANIPULATE FOR MORE MONEY, WHY DOES SHARON MAKE IT TO CHARGE TAXPAYERS 40 VILLAGE THAT ALWAYS DONATED AND VOLUNTEERED IT IS OBVIOUS CITY COUNCIL SOLD OUT THE INTEGRITY OVERSIGHT OF HOMELESS INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN TRADE OF REELECTION SUPPORT AT SUB HUMAN MISTREATMENT OF THE HOMELESS. SHARON LEE IS ON RECORD SAYING SHE WAS ABUSED BY HER STEPFATHER WHO WITHHELD EXPENSES AND DENIED THEM NUTRITIONAL FOOD AND OPPRESSED HER MOTHER AND FAMILY, IF YOU INVESTIGATE THE SERVICES SHE FAILS TO PROVIDE SUCH AS SHOWER AND LAUNDRY USING RACIST LAZY DISHONEST RIGHTS VIOLATING EMPLOYEES SHE IS SIPHONING OFF OF IT WILL PROVE SHE IS A CRIMINAL OPPRESSING THE INNOCENT AND RIPPING OFF THE TAXPAYERS. STARTING WITH SHARON LEE, LOW-INCOME HOUSING SEATTLE HOUSING.>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>IT IS A SHAME THAT. IT IS A SHAME THAT THE REST OF THE COUNCIL IS NOT HERE. FOR WE ALL KNOW THAT THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ARE IN IMMENSE SUCCESS. IT IS A SHAME THAT THEY SIT IN THE BACKGROUND AND WAIT FOR THE EXISTING ORDINANCE TO SUNSET AND GO AWAY. IF THEY TRULY BELIEVED IN THE MODEL THEY WOULD’VE SIGNED ON BY NOW. I HOPE THAT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE HAVE AT LEAST THE TWO OTHER SIGNATURES THAT ARE REQUIRED TO MOVE THIS ORDINANCE FORWARD. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY OTHER THAN PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE AT STAKE, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THIS AND BEING HERE AND I KNOW THERE’S A LOT TO LISTEN TO AND I APPRECIATE THAT. AND JAMES WALKER, 17 MONTHS SOBER, I LIVE IN THE GEORGETOWN TINY HOUSE VILLAGE. THANK YOU. GEORGETOWN TINY HOUSE VILLAGE IS MY CLIFFSIDE MALIBU, THE PLACE WHERE I GET TO WORK ON MY SOBRIETY, I HAVE CLEANED STABLE LIVING, I AM REINTRODUCED INTO A SOCIAL SITUATION AND AFTER SIX YEARS OF TRYING IT LOOKS LIKE I MAY GET MY ALBUM DONE TO SELL MY MUSIC. BUT THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT ME. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT NEED THIS SO MUCH MORE THAN ME. I’M GOING TO GIVE ONE EXAMPLE, CHANGE THE NAME I WILL CALL HIM WAYNE. HE IS DEAF AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED, 28 YEARS OLD AND OPERATING AT THE LEVEL OF A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD. I WISH EVERYONE THAT COULD HEAR THIS COULD THINK WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON THE STREETS IF YOU HAD YOUR SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SELF HOW WOULD YOU GET AROUND? WE WERE ABLE TO GET HIM OUT OF A SEXUALLY ABUSIVE SITUATION WITH AN ABUSIVE PARTNER AND GET HIM INTO A STABLE PLACE TO LIVE. SECONDARILY TWO MORE FOLKS THEY GOT OFF HEROIN AT GEORGETOWN. BECAUSE THEY HAD A STABLE PLACE WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE ANOTHER GOING TO TREATMENT ON A WEEKLY BASIS. SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY SEATTLE IS NOT DYING BY ANY MEANS IT DOES HAVE PEOPLE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS AND THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW ABLE TO MAKE THAT 9-TO-5 JOB AND THE $1000 RENT AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. THE VILLAGES, IT IS A SOLUTION, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUILD HIGH RISES, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PURCHASE HIGH-RISES OR ANYTHING NEW. YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAFF AND MANTENANCE THEM WE ARE SELF- CONTAINED UNITS, THANK YOU.>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I AM FROM NICHOLASVILLE NORTHLAKE. A POET SAID HAPPY FAMILIES ARE ALL ALIKE, EVERY UNHAPPY FAMILY IS UNHAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY. I THINK THAT IS KIND OF TRUE HOW PEOPLE COME TO HOMELESSNESS. WE ALL DRIFT IN MEDICAL DEBT OR ADDICTION OR MENTAL ILLNESS OR ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT THINGS. AND ME I WAS LIVING WITH MY YOUNGER BROTHER, HE WAS GIVING ME A GOOD DEAL ON RENT AND HAD A PART-TIME JOB. HE MARRIED A WOMAN AND SHE WAS REALLY SHY AND I WAS REALLY TIMID AND I JUST FELT KIND OF AWKWARD SO I MOVED INTO THE WOODS. WHILE I TRIED TO GO TO A SHELTER AND GOT BIT BY BEDBUGS SO I STARTED SLEEPING IN DITCHES AND I SET UP A CAMP IN THIS RAVINE AND I SORT OF LIKED IT SOMETIMES BUT EVENTUALLY LIKE IT WAS REALLY HARD TO TALK TO PEOPLE LIKE EVEN IN THE GROCERY STORE AND THEN I FOUND TENT CITY IN NICHOLASVILLE AND IT HAS HELPED ME LIKE NICK PACK WITH PEOPLE. ANYWAY MY DREAMS ARE BEYOND BEING HOMELESS NOW. I HAVE DREAMS THAT ARE BEYOND THAT. AND I THINK A MONOPOLY DOES NOT ALLOW US BEST TO DEAL WITH EACH CAN A PERSON WHO GETS INTO THE SITUATION IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THAT IS MY THOUGHTS. SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS LEGISLATION.>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I HAPPEN TO BE THE STATE CHAIR THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY. AND I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I WILL PERSONALLY ENDORSE THIS BILL FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN USE THE NAME WHATEVER GOOD IT WILL DO. MEANWHILE, I WANT TO SAY THAT THE SOLUTION TO PEOPLE BEING HOMELESS STARTS WITH HOUSING, IT IS SO OBVIOUS AND THE SOLUTIONS TO OUTRAGEOUS SPRINT IS HOUSING THE PEOPLE CAN AFFORD, SOMETIMES THE AMERICAN DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP NEEDS TO BE SCALED DOWN. WE NEED TINY HOUSE VILLAGES NOT ONLY FOR THOSE HOMELESS NOW BUT FOR SENIORS WHO CAN NO LONGER AFFORD FULL-SIZED HOUSES AND KEEP IN MIND MY FAVORITE GROUP TO WATCH OUT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA WHO REALLY NEED ALL THE CARE AND GUIDANCE AND HELP THEY CAN POSSIBLY GET. PEOPLE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE FULL-SIZED HOUSES, LACK OF LAND FORCES US TO SEEK OUT SMALLER SCALE SOLUTIONS LIKE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. SURROUNDING A GREEN SPACE CONNECTED TO THE REST OF SEATTLE BY BUS ROUTES. VILLAGES WHERE THE PEOPLE RUN THEIR VILLAGE AS IN THE OLD TOWN HALL TRADITION MAKE MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND MAKE ROOM FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN OUR CITY CODE WHICH IS ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS. EVERYONE DESERVES A SAFE PLACE OF THEIR OWN TO LIVE IN AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO I WORK FOR LEHIGH WITH THE TINY HOUSE PROGRAM AND I’M REALLY GRATEFUL TO THE MANY VILLAGE RESIDENTS IN ATTENDANCE TONIGHT FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO BE VULNERABLE AND OPEN ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES SO WITH THAT IN MIND IT IS NOT MY PLACE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF OF THE CLIENTS AND THE MANY HARDSHIPS THEY FACE BUT I WANT TO SPEAK FOR A GROUP OFTEN LEFT OUT OF THESE DISCUSSIONS. THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES OFFER SAFE AND DIGNIFIED SHELTER FOR 26 CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND 71 TOTAL OVER THE PAST YEAR. I LIKE TO SPEND MY TIME IN A FELLOW VILLAGE, THE KIDS RIGHT AROUND ON THEIR BIKES AND THEY LOVE PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK AND THEY ARE THE GOOFIEST AND SWEETEST HUMANS I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING. THE VILLAGES OFFER A SAFE PLACE FOR THEM TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE SCHOOL, THE SECURITY OF A FULL NIGHTS REST TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND STABILITY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP, I URGE COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THIS ORDINANCE IN FUNDING FOR INCREASED VILLAGES IN THE 2020 BUDGET AND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF YOU HAVE INTEREST IN VISITING ONE OF THE VILLAGES AND MEETING ONE OF OUR FUTURE ASTRONAUTS, TEACHERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND HOPEFULLY PRESIDENT ONE DAY. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]>>MY NAME IS ANTHONY LOPEZ A CURRENT RESIDENT AT T 5. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.>>A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO THE MICROPHONE.>>I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY JOURNEY AT INTERBAY, I ARRIVED 11 MONTHS AGO BROKEN AND LOST WITH NOWHERE TO GO WITH MY CAT, THE VILLAGE ACCEPT ME WITH OPEN ARMS AND I HAVE BEEN DRIVING OFF AND ON EVER SINCE, TWO MONTHS AGO MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY SEXUAL ASSAULT WHICH IS THE REASON WHY I BECAME HOMELESS. FOLLOWING THAT DAY I FELL INTO DESPAIR AND LOST ALL HOPE STARTED ABUSING MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. I WAS HEADED DOWN A DARK ROAD, THIS TIME MY FELLOW TINY CABIN PEERS AND CASE MANAGER NOTICE OF CHANGED THEY REACHED IN AND COACHED ME WITH RESPECT AND LOVE ESPECIALLY ONE CASE MANAGER AT THE VILLAGE. HE TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING SHOWING ME THE WAY THAT I KNOW THAT SOUNDS CORNY BUT THAT’S HOW I FELT AND HOW I FEEL. I AM 34 DAYS CLEAN AND SOBER FROM THE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>I HAVE BEEN OFFERED A JOB WITH LEHIGH, I HAVE BEEN OFFERED SCHOOLING AND I START CULINARY SCHOOL MONDAY. WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS TINY HOUSE VILLAGES REALLY DO WORK AND BECAUSE OF THE TINY VILLAGES RUN BY LEHIGH AND SHARON LEE BASICALLY THEY HAVE SAVED MY LIFE. THANK YOU. >>[ APPLAUSE ]>>BEFORE YOU GO NOW WE HAVE [ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I WORK FOR LEHIGH, 196 PEOPLE DIED LIVING ON THE STREETS LAST YEAR, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO DIE DUE TO LACK OF SHELTER IN ONE OF THE RCHEST CITIES IN THE WORLD. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES FOR THE FUNDING EVEN THOUGH MANY ARE NOT HERE TODAY, FOR THE FUNDING IN SUPPORT OF A TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN SEATTLE WHICH HAS SAVED AND GREATLY IMPROVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES OVER THE 3 1/2 YEAR PROGRAM. WE ARE GRATEFUL ESPECIALLY TO YOU COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT FOR YOUR SPONSORING, WEIRD PASSAGE OF THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO EXPAND THE NUMBER OF VILLAGES AND ELIMINATE THE LIMIT, THERE IS A REASON MY 43 FAITH LEADERS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER URGING THE PASSAGE OF THIS ORDINANCE. EARN THEIR STORIES AND HOW THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN HELPFUL FOR THEM WE ARE IN AGREEMENT WE NEED MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES FOR ALL. AS YOU KNOW TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ARE THE PREFERRED SHELTER WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING REFERRED, THESE VILLAGES PROVIDE SHELTER SAFETY AND COMMUNITY CLOSE TO 1000 PEOPLE PER YEAR. THESE ARE NOT A PERMANENT SOLUTION BUT A CRITICAL STEPPINGSTONE, PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN THE VILLAGES OFTEN BECOME HOMELESS, THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA VIOLENCE AND EXPOSURE TO THE COLD AND RAIN. MANY LACK ID AND ANY WAY TO PROVE WHO THEY ARE, OR HAVE A WARRANT ON THE RECORD BECAUSE THEY MISSED A COURT DATE BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE AN ADDRESS. MANY ARE DISABLED OR STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS OR HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. IT IS HARD TO GO FROM THESE CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES INTO HOUSING ESPECIALLY WHEN THE HOUSING DOES NOT EXIST. EVERY VILLAGE HAS CASE MANAGEMENT AND SEVERAL OF THE SPECIALISTS, THEY WORK WITH RESIDENTS TO OBTAIN HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND MANY OTHER SERVICES. THEY UNCOVER EVERY STONE THEY CAN TO FIND PERMANENT HOUSING AND WITH A SEVERE LACK OF HOUSING THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL. THE VILLAGES HAVE SUCCESSFUL HIGH RATES OF PERMANENT HOUSING MORE THAN OTHER SHELTER PROGRAMS AND CASE MANAGERS HAVE TRANSITIONED OVER 500 AND PERMANENT HOUSING PLEASE PASS THIS ORDINANCE FOR THIS SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM TO GET MORE PEOPLE INTO LONG-TERM PERMANENT HOUSING, THANK YOU. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>HELLO EVERYONE. I LOOK AND LIVE IN THE TRUE HOPE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE IN SEATTLE IN LEHIGH, I LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE WITH A GIANT HELLO KITTY PAINTED ON THE FRONT OF IT. I WANTED TO URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE, MY TINY HOUSE FOR ME AND EVERYONE IN MY VILLAGE, I KNOW TRUE HOPE HAS REALLY HELPED HIM OUT A GREAT DEAL AND WE ARE LIKE A COMMUNITY. LEHIGH HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY OF SEATTLE AND I WOULD JUST WANT TO URGE PEOPLE TO PASS THIS MEASURE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HOMELESSNESS IN TINY HOUSES IN SEATTLE.>>HELLO THERE I AM CURRENTLY A RESIDENT AT CAMP SECOND CHANCE AND HAVE BEEN SINCE APRIL OF THIS YEAR WHEN I FOUND MYSELF WITH AN EVICTION. I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE EXPANSION OF THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT IT IS A SCARY PLACE TO BE AS A WOMAN OUT ON THE STREET. AND THIS TIME OF YEAR IT IS VERY COLD AND WET. LIKE THESE WOMAN HERE I THINK TO MYSELF IT IS NOT US AGAINST THEM IF WE AS ALL THE SUPPORT FOR HOMELESSNESS IN GENERAL COULD COME TOGETHER WHAT A POWERHOUSE WE COULD REALLY BE IN THE CITY. SO I WANT TO DO THINGS THAT YOU COUNCILMEMBER FOR NOT ONLY SPENDING YOUR BIRTHDAY HERE WITH US BUT FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO ALL YEAR LONG EVERY DAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING, THANK YOU.>>I WANT YOU TO KNOW I WOULD NOT BE WANTING TO DO ANYTHING ELSE ON MY BIRTHDAY. I AM HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL. [ CALLING NAMES ] OKAY GO AHEAD AND AFTER CARLO [ CALLING NAMES ] >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING UP I DO APPRECIATE THAT. I LIVE IN THE INTERBAY TINY CABIN VILLAGE AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PORT OF SEATTLE WHO QUITE FRANKLY, THEIR INVOLVEMENT PUTS THIS COUNCIL TO SHAME PRESENT COMPANY EXCLUDED. I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE COUNCIL TO LOOK AT THE MEETING TO SEE HOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS SHOULD BE RUN. THERE ARE 100 STORIES LIKE ANTONIO’S AND I HAVE A SIMILAR STORY BUT THAT’S NOT THE WAY I LIKE TO FRAME IT. SORRY, I AM SHAKING. I LIKE TO SAY WHAT WE DO FOR THE COMMUNITY, KIDS LIKE BECCA LEARNING CIVIC INVOLVEMENT. WE HAVE KIDS THAT HELP BUILD THE CABINS, HELP VOLUNTEER, THE COMMUNITY GETS INVOLVED. A LOT OF US HAVE JOBS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMY. KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF THE TENTS, 60 TENTS ARE OFF THE STREETS, I DON’T STINK WHEN I GET ON THE BUS BECAUSE WE HAVE SHOWERS AND LAUNDRY. THESE CABINS SERVE THE COMMUNITY NOT JUST US. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY, COURT SYSTEMS GET UNCLOGGED BECAUSE IF YOU’RE ON THE STREETS YOU’RE GOING TO MEET A COP IT IS THAT SIMPLE, EVERYTHING YOU DO ON THE STREET IS ILLEGAL, LOITERING, HAVING TO USE THE RESTROOM. BUSINESS OWNERS DO NOT WANT PEOPLE IN THERE. WE HAVE SHARPS BOXES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ADDICTIONS, THEY STEER PEOPLE TO HELP, THE CASE MANAGERS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE ADDICTIONS LEAN ON EACH OTHER, MENTAL ILLNESS, THE SAME THING. WHATEVER THE COST OF THE VILLAGE IS, IS WAY CHEAPER THAN HAVING THE SYSTEM RUN IT ON ITS OWN. THAT IS WHAT WE DO FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLD MORE, THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>FIRST, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. I AM CURRENTLY AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AND VOLUNTEER THE LOW INCOME HOUSING INSTITUTE. I FEEL GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE OVER THE LAST MONTHS WITH THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE COMMUNITIES. AS A STUDENT I HAVE LEARNED MORE IN THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS ABOUT COMPASSION, KINDNESS, AND COMMUNITY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. BE ON THE VILLAGES AND THE UNIQUE SUCCESS IN HOUSING AND SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO FACILITATE THE CREATION OF COMMUNITY ON A LARGE-SCALE. IN JUST A SHORT TIME I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WITNESSING HOW TINY HOUSES HAVE BROUGHT TOGETHER BUT BUSINESSES RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS, GOVERNMENTS, SCHOOLS AND CITIZENS UNDER ONE MISSION TO CARE FOR FELLOW NEIGHBORS. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO EACH VILLAGE THAN THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE, BEHIND EVERY PIECE OF WOOD THERE IS A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER. A PASSIONATE DONOR AND A COMMITTED ORGANIZER. BEHIND EVERY RUNNING VILLAGE THERE IS A TIRELESS GROUP OF MEMBERS WHO REPRESENT GENEROUS AND CARING COMMUNITIES THAT SURROUND THEM. AND EVERY POSITIVE OUTCOME THERE IS A GIFTED HUMAN BEING LIFTED UP AND EMPOWERED BY THE COMMUNITY OF THEIR FELLOW RESIDENT. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, THIS MATTERS.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE COUNCILMEMBER. I UNDERSTAND IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY I HOPE IT IS THE BEST EVER. I CAME INTO HOMELESSNESS BY WAY OF LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. IN BEING HOMELESS ALONG THE WAY I LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS. ABOUT COMPASSION AND HUMILITY, PRIDE, SUFFERING, PAIN, DRUG ABUSE, I LEARNED TO DO THINGS MY OWN WAY. MY OWN RULES, SET MY OWN RULES, SPIRALING FURTHER AND FURTHER OUT OF CONTROL, FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO DESPAIR AND DEPRESSION. ENDING UP IN DRUG TREATMENT CENTERS, DETOX CENTERS, AMBULANCES, BY THE GRACE OF GOD I STARTED CLIMBING BACK OUT AND ALONG THE WAY I STARTED FINDING PLACES LIKE THE MISSION WHICH THAT IS WHERE I LEARNED ABOUT HUMILITY, THE MISSION. AND I ALSO LEARNED ABOUT OTHER THINGS YOU KNOW? LIKE WHAT KIND OF HELP THERE WAS FOR ME. AND AFTER A FEW YEARS INTO IT I RAN INTO A PLACE CALLED TENT CITY 3 WHERE I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY BUT I ALSO SOLVED PROBLEMS. PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING HERE TODAY ON THE POWER OF BEING WITH NICHOLASVILLE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THAT, I ONLY UNDERSTAND UNTIL I FOUND SECOND CHANCE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE I DID NOT THINK THERE WAS ANY HOPE, I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SPEND IT ANOTHER WINTER I DID NOT KNOW IF I WAS GOING TO LIVE THROUGH OR NOT. I WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF THE WINTER COMING IN 19 AND 2020 UNTIL I FOUND THE TINY VILLAGE. THERE I FOUND RESPECT, I LEARNED COMMUNITY, HOW TO STEP BACK INTO SOCIETY FOLLOWING IN RULES THAT ARE PUT INTO PLACE SO WE CAN LIVE TOGETHER IN A COMMUNITY CARING FOR EACH OTHER, VOLUNTEERING, HELPING OUR NEIGHBOR OUT, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING THESE TINY VILLAGES AND I HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO GROW. THANK YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>COUNCILMEMBER FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO SAY I AM JUST, PRIVILEGED TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND WHEN I HEARD SOMEBODY SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS ACTUALLY YOUR BIRTHDAY. THIS IS ACTUALLY YOUR BIRTHDAY?>>YES.>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY , HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>I DON’T HAVE MUCH ELSE TO SAY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IS AN AMAZING AMAZING EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC SERVICE. AND IF OTHER PUBLIC SERVANTS HAD THE ATTITUDE, THE NEED COMES BEFORE US, TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY MEANS TO MEET HUMAN NEEDS THAT ARE ACUTE, HOMELESSNESS IS ACUTE, THE WEATHER IS CHANGING, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS AND SONS ARE SLEEPING IN THEIR CARS. I HAVE HAD NO EXPERIENCE WITH ANY SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS OTHER THAN THE TINY HOMES. MY EXPERIENCE WITH THAT HAS LIFTED MY SPIRITS, EVERYONE THAT I KNOW THAT HAS GONE THROUGH THE TINY HOUSE EXPERIENCE HAS COME OUT ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. I JUST WANT TO APPLAUD YOU AND I HOPE THE CITY COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, OUR VULNERABLE WOMEN, MEN WHO HAVE PROBLEMS AND WHO HAVE BEEN FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS THAT THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY SHOULD DO IS A DECENT AND HUMANE GROUP TO SUPPORT THIS CAUSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. >>[ APPLAUSE ]>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO MY NAME IS KARL MALONE. I WAS HOMELESS BEFORE HE MOVED TO CAMP SECOND CHANCE, I SUFFER FROM A SEIZURE DISORDER.>>CAN YOU GET CLOSER?>>I SUFFER FROM A SEIZURE DISORDER AND SOME MENTAL ILLNESS, ASIDE FROM THAT I AM A PRETTY GREAT GUY. CAMP SECOND CHANCE HAS ALLOWED ME TO HAVE FOOD, SHELTER, THIS VERY CLOTHING I AM WEARING. I WAS NOT EVEN AWARE THIS MEETING WAS HAPPENING UNTIL THEY LET ME KNOW AND MADE ME SHOWUP. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT CAMP SECOND CHANCE IS IT IS REALLY ITS OWN LITTLE COMMUNITY. I DON’T FEEL HOMELESS. WITHOUT IT I WOULD BE ON THE STREETS BATTLING MY SEIZURES, BATTLING MY MENTAL ILLNESS AND IT IS TERRIBLY DANGEROUS. SO I GET CASE MANAGEMENT, I AM ON MY WAY TO GET PERMANENT HOUSING. DISABILITY AND THERE IS HOPE FOR ME AGAIN. WITHOUT THAT I COULD VERY WELL BE ONE OF YOUR STATISTICS. WHETHER IT BE A VIOLENT DEATH OR JUST HAVING A SEIZURE IN THE COLD. IT IS VERY POSSIBLE SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>JAMES, PLEASE COME TO THE FRONT AND THEN [ CALLING NAMES ] >>GOOD EVENING COUNCILWOMAN I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF HERE WILL AND TENT CITY 3 I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR YOUR ABOVE AND BE ON CALL OF DUTY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN OBEDIENT TO AND HAVE TOTALLY ROCKED IT IT IS AWESOME. I CAME TO SEATTLE IN 2015 TO JOIN MY FATHER WHO HAS BEEN PART OF THE SHARE WILL COMMUNITY 13 YEARS TO HELP THEM THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES AND BAD HEALTH. HE TOOK ME TO THE TENT CITY 3 PROVIDING ME WITH A SAFE PLACE TO STAY AS I HELPED HIM WITH HIS HEALING AND WHAT HE WAS GOING THROUGH. I WAS SO TAKEN BY THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AT TENT CITY 3 AND ALL OF THE SHELTER PROVISIONS THEY PROVIDED ME WITH A SAFE PLACE TO STAY, THERE WAS A LOT OF SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE, THERE WAS A LOT OF WISDOM, THERE WAS GENUINE TLC FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO CAME INTO THE CAMP. THEY SHOWED ALL OF US AND THESE NEWFOUND SURROUNDINGS, THEY SHOWED US SO MUCH GRACE. THEY DID SHOW US HUMILITY, THEY TAUGHT US TO BE HUMBLE, THEY TAUGHT US TO APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE THAT WE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING, I CHOSE TO COME BACK SO I COULD BE A VOICE FOR TENT CITY 3. I AM HERE TO THANK YOU VERY MUC FOR YOUR PROPOSAL TO EXPAND THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE IS IN SEATTLE. THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN OBSERVED WORLDWIDE AND MODELED FROM FOR DECADES. THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE PLACE TO LIVE ANYMORE NOT JUST SEATTLE BUT EVERYWHERE. THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRYING TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES IS GREAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPENING NEW VILLAGES WHERE WE CAN PROVIDE A MODEL FOR GREAT SHELTER AGAIN, ALLOWING IT TO OPERATE THE CAMPS WITH AUTONOMY WE WILL ENSURE SAFETY BETWEEN INVOLVED ORGANIZATIONS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD EVENING. I AM FORMERLY A, I WAS WAS IN THE INDOOR SHELTER SYSTEM FOR A TOTAL OF ONE AND HALF YEARS. I WILL HAVE TO REFER TO MY NOTES. SHARE, I HAVE SEVERAL FRIENDS HERE TODAY WHO ARE HERE IN THE TINY VILLAGE IS NOW. SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT I KNOW, I SAW ONE WORKING AND GOT EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING AND GOT OUT OF THE SITUATION. I SAW ONE PERSON WHO IS PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON THE SOON TO BE DEAD MACY’S BUILDING. SO THIS SYSTEM WORKS, I’M DOING BADLY. OKAY. THE SHELTER SYSTEM ESPECIALLY WITH TINY HOUSES GIVES A PLACE OF COMMUNITY, STABILITY, PRIVACY, SECURITY AND DIGNITY. AND YOU NEED STABILITY AND COMMUNITY. TO BASICALLY STAY BALANCED AND BE ABLE TO PROGRESS FORWARD. IF YOU HAVE STABILITY AND YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM AND YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE SLEEPING THAT NIGHT YOU CAN DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO OTHER ITEMS. SO, MY FRIEND HE HAS ELECTRICITY WHICH WE DID NOT HAVE, THIS PROVIDES POWER FOR PHONES AND COMPUTERS WHERE YOU CAN DO A JOB SEARCH, FIND HOUSING AND MEDICAL HELP AND REMAIN IN CONTACT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. SO, JUST HAVING A DOOR TO LOCK IN A PLACE TO KEEP YOUR STUFF AND KNOWING IT’S GOING TO BE THERE PROVIDES A GREAT DEAL OF SECURITY FOR PEOPLE TO HELP THEM MOVE ON. TINY HOUSES ARE TEMPORARY BUT IT IS A PROCESS. AND WE DO NEED MORE OF THIS, THANK YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>> [ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE OTHER COUNCILMEMBERS ARE BUT PERSONALLY I CANNOT SUPPORT ANYONE, I CAN’T VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS. I GUESS THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES I AM SPEAKING TO CHIEFLY. I LIVE IN WEST SEATTLE, SINCE I MOVED THERE THE RENT HAS TRIPLED AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUTSIDE SINCE JANUARY 2018 SO I SEE HOMELESS PEOPLE ON THE STREET DAILY AND IT IS HEARTBREAKING. I DID THAT I NEED TO TINY HOUSE TOUR AS PART OF THE GREEN EXPO AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. I SEE A REALLY DISTURBING TREND IN ONLINE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS OF REALLY VITRIOL BLAMING OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS AND I GUESS IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE IF ONE IS FEELING I CANNOT EVEN SUPPORT MY OWN FAMILY WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT OTHER PEOPLE? THIS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE FOR SO MANY REASONS. MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT REASONS THEY BECAME HOMELESS AND THIS JUST HAPPENED TO SOMEONE I KNOW WHO IS WORKING BECAUSE THEY CANNOT FIND AFFORDABLE RENT. I HAVE A RELATIVE IN ANOTHER STATE BUILDING THEIR OWN TINY HOUSE BECAUSE THEY ARE A CANCER SURVIVOR AND I UNDERSTAND THERE CAN BE PROBLEMS WITH TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS BUT THIS IS TRUE OF ANY PLACE WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE LIVING SO IT’S TRUE WHERE YOU HAVE RENTERS INDEFINITELY THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS SO WE NEED TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE THE PROBLEM OF DYING ON THE STREET IS MUCH WORSE OF A PROBLEM. SO I UNDERSTAND THE PERMANENT SOLUTION IS COMPLICATED BUT THAT MEANS WE NEED SAFE HUMANE TEMPORARY SOLUTIONS. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANY MORE STORIES OF SOMEONE IN MY CITY DYING ON THE STREETS. WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE DYING, WE KNOW WE DON’T HAVE THE PERMANENT SOLUTIONS YET, WE KNOW THIS IS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION THAT WORKS SO WHAT MORE INFORMATION DO WE NEED? THANK YOU.>>GOOD EVENING. I AM A NICHOLS BILL FOUNDER AND VOLUNTEER, THANK YOU FOR DRAFTING THE NEW ORDINANCE, THANK YOU FOR PROPOSING 20/20 BUDGET CHANGES THAT WOULD KEEP NICHOLASVILLE NORTH LAKE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE OPEN, THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING A NEW SITE FOR FELLOW RESIDENTS WHO DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN A TOP-DOWN LOW BARRIER ENCAMPMENT CREATED. NICHOLASVILLE SUPPORTS THE ENTIRE PEOPLE’S BUDGET INCLUDING RENT CONTROL AND ITS MANY CRUCIAL ELEMENTS TO ALLEVIATE HUMAN SUFFERING AND SPARK SYSTEMIC CHANGE, THE DRAFT TINY HOUSE VILLAGE ORDINANCE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ADDING NEEDED PROTECTION FOR RESIDENTS. HERE ARE EXAMPLES OF WHAT NICHOLASVILLE HAS LEARNED ARE NEEDED. NUMBER ONE A RESIDENT RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND ASSEMBLY, OCCUPYING A FELLOW TINY HOUSE VILLAGE LEHIGH HAS INSTALLED SEVEN SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AIMED AT THE RESIDENCE WITHOUT CONSENT. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE INCIDENTS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS WHERE LEHIGH CASE MANAGERS SHARE RESIDENTIAL PRIVATE INFORMATION OFTEN WITH OTHER RESIDENTS. THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAYS LEHIGH HAS NO OBLIGATION TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO HAVE MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE, THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY. A LEGITIMATE GRIEVANCE PROCESS, LEHIGH SITTING ON GRIEVANCES FILED A MONTH AGO WITH THE PUBLIC PROCESSES PROMISING RESOLUTION IN 10 DAYS, THE ULTIMATE ARBITER OF ALL GRIEVANCES IS ONE PERSON A MID- LEVEL MANAGER, BEYOND HIM THERE IS NO APPEAL. THERE IS NO REAL GRIEVANCE PROCESS FOR HST AT ALL, NUMBER THREE A DEFINITION OF SELF- MANAGEMENT AND DEMOCRACY CALLING A SYSTEM WITH PAID ON- SITE MANAGERS OVERWRITING DEMOCRATICALLY VOTED VILLAGE DECISIONS. NUMBER FOUR, NO MORE MONOPOLIES. GRANTING ONE LARGE CORPORATE AGENT EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO OPERATE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES HURTS HOMELESS PEOPLE AND STOPS US FROM SEEING WHAT WORKS BEST AND MAKES NO FINANCIAL SENSE. THANK YOU.>>DO WE HAVE HAROLD HERE? HAROLD YOU GO AFTER [ CALLING NAMES ] >>I KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE OLD DAYS. WE HAVE THE COMMITTEE TO END HOMELESSNESS. THAT WAS, AND COULD BE 12 OR 14 YEARS AGO. THE COMMITTEE TO END HOMELESSNESS. THEY WERE SMART, THEY WERE CARRYING BUT EVERYTHING DID NOT WORK. HOMELESSNESS GREW, THERE WERE THOUSANDS MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. NOTHING WORKED. NOW WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WORKS. IT HAS BEEN REALLY WONDERFUL AND EXCITING TONIGHT TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE SAY THAT THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT WORKS, IT GIVES PEOPLE, IT GIVES HOMELESS PEOPLE THE POWER TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK. IT HAS BEEN EXCITING TO HEAR THAT HASN’T IT?>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>CITY COUNCIL HAS GOT TO APPROVE THE ORDINANCE. 94 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY DIED AND WINTER IS COMING. I HOPE CITY COUNCIL WILL WANT TO APPROVE THE ORDINANCE AND BUILD MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. THANK YOU.>>I HAVE SOME EVIDENCE, TWO REPORTS CAME OUT THIS WEEK, ONE FROM THE CALIFORNIA PROJECT LAB AND IT DEMONSTRATES WHAT HOMELESS PEOPLE GO THROUGH ON THE STREET, TRAUMA, DEATH AND HEALTH, IT SKYROCKETS. MY BIG LEFT TOE AND ROTO WERE AMPUTATED AND I WENT TO GEORGETOWN NICHOLASVILLE WHERE HE FOUND SHOWERS, A GREAT PLACE TO RECOVER AND I AM THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. I TOOK A HOLD OF THOSE THINGS THAT THEY HAD AND I GRABBED ON TO THEM AND THEY SAVED MY LIFE. WHATEVER WAS THERE LET’S GET MORE THAN. WE NEED MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY, WHATEVER ONE PERSON DOES DOES NOT MEAN THE OTHER PERSON HAS TO DO IT. ONE PERSON ONE VOTE, IF IT GETS HOMELESS PEOPLE OFF THE STREET INTO HOUSING DO WE REALLY CARE IF THAT PERSON DID IT THIS WAY OR THE OTHER PERSON DID IT THAT WAY? GROW UP WE NEED PEOPLE OFF THE STREET BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE DYING. MY DOG MY BEST FRIEND DIED THERE BUT I WILL BE IF I SAY I DON’T WANT TO GO THERE AND I THINK EVERYBODY HAS THAT RIGHT WITHOUT ANY MORE TRAUMA TO THEM. THESE REPORTS TALK ABOUT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE THE DATA OF WHAT HOMELESS PEOPLE GO THROUGH, EVEN IN SHELTERS WE GO THROUGH SO MUCH TRAUMA BECAUSE OF SO MUCH POLITICAL FIGHTING. I AM NOT FOR THAT BUT I AM FOR MORE TINY HOUSES AND IF WE GET WRAPAROUND SERVICES IN THOSE HOUSES AND DEMAND THAT FROM THE SERVICE PROVIDERS THAN I CAN SAY THINGS THAT ARE JUST NOT APPROPRIATE BECAUSE THAT IS NEEDED PICKING. BUT I DO WANT TO SAY AND IMPRESS UPON THE COUNCIL IS THAT WE GET MORE TINY HOUSES SO PEOPLE GET OFF THE STREET, SURVIVE, GET THE MEDICAL THINGS THEY NEED, GET INTO JOBS AND SCHOOLS WHATEVER THEY NEED TO DO. THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>> [ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO. COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT. THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY AND I FEEL VERY HUMBLED TO BE HERE TONIGHT. TO HEAR ALL THE VOICES. I AM FROM DISTRICT 5 IN NORTH SEATTLE. I WOULD LIKE TO READ SOMETHING FROM THE BEAUTIFUL LETTER THAT WAS SENT TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL FROM 43 FAITH LEADERS. HOMELESSNESS IS A CRISIS CRYING OUT FOR A HUMANE COMPASSIONATE REMEDY, WE ARE EXCITED THAT SEATTLE CITY COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT HAS BROUGHT FORWARD LEGISLATION TO ALLOW FOR UP TO 40 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN THE CITY. THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH IN BROADVIEW BITTER LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD SIGNED ONTO THIS LETTER PASTOR GARY AND I WANT TO THANK REVEREND ANGELA FOR THAT, FOR HELP WITH THAT, NOT HELP BUT FACILITATING THAT. IT IS SO IMPORTANT IN NORTH SEATTLE TO, TO HAVE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY SO THERE IS THE URGENT NEED TO EXTEND IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS TO PROVIDE HOMELESS NEIGHBORS WITH DIGNITY AND HUMANITY, TINY HOUSE VILLAGES CAN BE THAT, AS A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL NURSE NOW RETIRED ISS THE NAVIGATION TEAM SWEEPS AS BEING HARMFUL TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE MOST VULNERABLE OF US AND WASTEFUL OF CITY RESOURCES. I AM ASKING COUNCIL TO PLEASE SUPPORT KEMP SUPPORT FOR UP TO 40 TINY HOUSE VILLAGES IN THE CITY AND USE THE $10 MILLION SPENT ON THE SWEEPS INSTEAD FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD EVENING I AM A MEMBER OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST. WE HAVE BUILT OVER 30 HOMES AT CAMP SECOND CHANCE.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>IT HAS BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE AND JOY AND HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN TRANSFORMATION IN LIVES, BOTH SIDES OF THE LATTER. VOLUNTEERS AND RESIDENTS, IT WORKS. AND I HAVE IT ON FIRST NEWS THESE VOLUNTEERS ARE READY TO GET GOING AND BUILD MORE HOUSES IN THESE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES SO WE ARE READY TO GO. ALL RIGHT?>>SPECIFICALLY TONIGHT WITH A MESSAGE TO THE COUNCIL. THE PUBLIC IS VERY UPSET WITH THE AMOUNT OF DRUG ABUSE AND NUMBER OF DRUG USERS THAT ARE IN UNSANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS WHO NEED HELP. THIS IS A PUBLIC OUTCRY THAT WE HEAR ALL THE TIME. THERE IS OPPORTUNITY FOR SYNERGY WITH THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND TACKLING THE ISSUE, WE KNOW PEOPLE CHOOSE TO GO INTO REHAB WHEN THEY KNOW THEY WILL HAVE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING WHEN THEY COME OUT. ONE REASON WHY, CAMP SECOND CHANCE IS A SELF-DECLARED CLEAN AND SOBER CAMP SO IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE CAMPS THAT ARE CLEAN AND SOBER, MORE PEOPLE FINDING THEMSELVES LOST IN DRUG ABUSE WILL CHOOSE TO GO TO REHAB BECAUSE THEY HAVE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, THEY KNOW THEY WILL HAVE WRAPAROUND SERVICES WHEN THEY COME OUT IF THEY CAN RESIDE IN THE SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS. AS A MESSAGE TO THE CITY AND THE COUNCIL THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WE ARE HOPING TO TACKLE THE ISSUE. THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>> [ CALLING NAMES ] >>THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER FOR SPEARHEADING THIS ORDINANCE, THIS HAS GOT TO BE HEAVY LIFTING. LOOKING AROUND WITH NO HELP RIGHT NOW. I AM A MEMBER OF SOUND FOUNDATIONS, WE HAVE BUILT 32 HOUSES, WE ARE READY TO BUILD MORE. I HAVE SEEN THE TRANSFORMATION BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 18 MONTHS, WE ARE THE HAMMER AND SAW FOUNDATIONS AND HAVE BEEN THERE EVERY WEEKEND FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS SO WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF TRANSITION IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND MY PARTNER LIKES TO SAY IF WE COME BACK IN SIX MONTHS AND WE DON’T RECOGNIZE A SINGLE FACE THAT IS SUCCESS.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>IS THAT YOU?>>HELLO EVERYBODY.>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. I HAVE BEEN WITH NICHOLASVILLE AS WELL AS LEHIGH OVER THE LAST 8 1/2 YEARS I HAVE BEEN HOMELESS IN THE SEATTLE AREA. I AM A MUSICIAN AND I CAME HERE TO WORK ON MY MUSIC FULL-TIME FROM DALLAS AND FOUND MYSELF IN THIS POSITION. KIND OF SCARY I COME FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE TRACKS NOW AND WHAT I HAVE NOTICED, THERE SEEMS TO BE A BIT OF A HICCUP IN THE STREAMLINE THE PROCESS. IT NEEDS TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE, I WAS IN LEHIGH FOR NINE MONTHS I JUST GOT INTO MY NEW PLACE A WEEK OR SO AGO, THANK GOD. IT HAS SAVED MY LIFE. I WENT IN AND I WAS STILL USING QUITE A BIT AND AFTER I SAW MY THINGS ROLLING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, PAPERWORK AND THINGS I NEEDED TO GET REASSESSED WITH AND BACK IN LINE WITH MY MILITARY BENEFITS I AM TRYING TO GET BACK. WHEN I SAW THINGS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AS DID OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY SEE THEIR THINGS MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THE USAGE TAPERS WAY OFF. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE THAT JUST ARRIVED AND WERE JUST YOU KNOW AND I DEFINITELY IN A MATTER OF A FEW MONTHS THINGS STARTED MOVING FORWARD IN THEIR USE STARTED TAPERING OFF WITHOUT THEM REALIZING UNTIL IT WAS BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION HOW GREAT THEY LOOK AND SEEMED TO TO BE MORE FOCUSED ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I DO SUGGEST THERE STREAMLINE IN THE SYSTEM, A RANGE OF 3 TO 6 MONTHS AND SECTION 8, THE PROCESS, THE AMOUNT WAS NOT QUITE UP TO PAR WITH THE RENTAL AMOUNT IN THE AREA WHICH WAS $50 OR SO TRYING TO GET THE INFRACTION FIXED SO I COULD GET IN. I HAD MY SECTION 8 IN APRIL AND I JUST GOT IT NOW FINALLY DILIGENTLY ME AND LINDSAY MY CASEWORKER LOOKING FOR PLACES LEFT AND RIGHT SO THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED, THE STREAMLINING OF THE TIMEFRAME WITHIN THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY AS WELL AS THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HIRED IN TO HELP WITH CASE MANAGEMENT. WE HAD A LOT OF SHIFT CHANGES THAT CAUSED DELAYS BUT THERE SHOULD BE 3 TO 5 MONTHS OR MAYBE SIX AND THERE SHOULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE BEHIND US.>>SORRY COULD YOU WRAP UP? COULD YOU START WRAPPING UP?>>OKAY. SORRY.>>PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TALK TO MY STAFF OFF-LINE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH I APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I HAVE BEEN IN THESE HALLS AND I HAVE BEEN GONE FOR A WHILE. I AM ONE OF THE GRADUATES FROM THE LOVE UNIT I WAS IN A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE SO NOW I HAVE MYSELF AN APARTMENT SO FIRST THING IS FIRST I WILL SAY THEY DO HELP. THEY ARE A PROVISION FOR PEOPLE TO STRAIGHTEN UP THEIR LIFE IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO IT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF DIFFERENT PLACES. WHEN I FIRST CAME UP HERE I WAS WITH STOP THE SWEEPS, ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS. I WAS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THE CITY HAD, PEOPLE DO NOT THINK IT WOULD WORK BUT IT IS WORKING. THE SAME THING WITH HIS. PEOPLE SAY THIS WILL NOT WORK SUPPORTIVE HOUSING GIVE THEM THIS OR THAT BUT WE ALL HAVE TO COME TOGETHER. IT’S NOT JUST ON THE CITY COUNCIL, BUT SOCIETY, EVERYBODY HAS TO PUT IN THEIR WORK IS SOMETHING I WANT TO SAY I WANT TO STRESS AND MAKE IT KNOWN INSIDE THE TINY HOUSES I WAS AFFORDED DIGNITY BECAUSE WHEN I WAS OUT ON THE STREET, THE NAVIGATION TEAM AND THE COUNSELORS, TRYING TO GET APPLICATIONS, YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT IN NEED, YOU DON’T NEED NOTHING YOU ARE TOO THIS OR THAT, TOO CAPABLE SO I COULD NOT GET IN NAVIGATION CENTERS SO HAD THE LITTLE TENT THINGS AND WHEN THEY TOOK US OFF THE FIELD. ME AND MY GROUP TRY TO OPEN UP EXACTLY WHERE LEHIGH HAS NOW SET UP THE LOVE UNIT, THAT WAS ONE PLACE WE WANTED TO GO AND HAVE TAKEN SOME OF THE ADVICE THAT THE PEOPLE HAD BECAUSE BACK IN THE DAY WE TRIED TO GET 50 UNITS PUT UP BECAUSE I WAS IN THE SECOND CHANCE AND I LEFT. IT IS A GOOD THING THEY ARE OPENED, THERE ARE SOME TROUBLES AND PROBLEMS WITHIN THE SYSTEM. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT, NOT ONE FIX OFFER EVERYBODY. THERE ARE A BUNCH OF THINGS, NOBODY’S PERFECT ON ONE SIDE BUT I WANT TO SAY I SUPPORT YOU ALL AND I AM LETTING YOU KNOW I’M ABOUT TO PUT MY HAT BACK IN THE RING, I HAVE A COUPLE IDEAS I WANT TO BRING UP AND TALK TO YOU FOR THE NEXT NEW YEAR.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>[ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I AM THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND I LIVED FOR 22 YEARS IN THE ORTHODOX JEWISH COMMUNITY. COUNCILMEMBERS, 94 OF OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS HAVE DIED THIS YEAR, WHEN I STOOD BEFORE YOU ALTERING THE HOUSING FOR ALL 2017 BUDGET CAMPAIGN IT HAD BEEN 64 PEOPLE WHICH IS A RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER. WE SAID WITHOUT BOLD ACTION TO ADDRESS THE LONG AND SHORT-TERM NEEDS MORE PEOPLE WOULD DIE. DESPITE GOOD INTENTIONS THE BOLD ACTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN AND THE VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS SUFFER. TWO PHRASES WHICH, FREQUENTLY IN TESTIMONY WITHOUT SHELTER PEOPLE DIE AND WE NEED TO BE INVESTING ON THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS AND BOTH OF THOSE APPLY TO THIS ORDINANCE. SHELTERS AND TINY HOUSES DO NOT DO ANYTHING TO ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING ISSUES CAUSING THE HOMELESS CRISIS BUT THEY SAVE LIVES LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. OF THE TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE HARM REDUCTION STRATEGY FOR ADDRESSING THIS CRISIS. EXPANDING THE PROGRAM AS BOLDLY AND QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IS AN OBVIOUS NEED AND I URGE YOU WHO ARE WATCHING FROM HOME TO WORK TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE AS WE PIONEER CUTTING-EDGE SOLUTIONS WE MUST CONTINUALLY LEARN FROM EXPERIENCES AND ADJUST PROGRAMS TO ENSURE THEY ARE BEING AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE AND REMAIN ROOTED IN VALUES. THIS PROGRAM HAS FALLEN SHORT OF BEING PERSON CENTERED IN HOW IT IS DEVELOPED AND ADMINISTERED FAILING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS OR TO CENTER THE VOICES OF THOSE MOST IMPACTED AND THE METRICS BEING USED TO MEASURE SUCCESS HAVE UNINTENDED HARMFUL IMPACTS. WE ALSO SLIPPED INTO A SINGLE SERVICE PROVIDER WHICH LEAVES THE PROGRAM VULNERABLE LEAVING IT TO THE CAPACITY OF THAT PARTICULAR PROVIDER AND IT LEAVES A LIMIT IN THE RANGE OF SOLUTIONS THAT CAN BE OFFERED. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO AMEND TO COMMITMENT TO ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES, THE RIGHTS OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE CLEARLY DEFINED, THERE MUST BE ACCESS TO A ROBUST GRIEVANCE PROCESS EXTERNAL TO THE SERVICE PROVIDER AND THERE MUST BE PROCESSES FOR ENSURING THE VOICES OF PARTICIPANTS ARE INCLUDED AT ALL LEVELS. PLEASE MAKE THE NECESSARY AMENDMENTS, PASS THE EXPANSION AND GET ONTO THE WORK OF ADDRESSING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT FOR BEING THE KIND OF PERSON WHO KEEPS SHOWING UP FOR COMMUNITIES AND CENTERING THE VOICES OF PEOPLE MOST IMPACTED. FROM WHEN I IMPLORE THE COUNCIL TO COME JOIN ME IN PROTESTING THE SWEEP OF THE FIELD OF DREAMS YOU HAVE CONSISTENTLY BEEN THE COUNCIL MEMBER WHO SHOWS UP WHEN THE COMMUNITY CALLS ON YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU.>>WE HAVE [ CALLING NAMES ] >>HELLO I AM WITH THE SOUTH LAKE UNION TINY HOUSE VILLAGE SINCE JULY, SINCE THEN I HAVE STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS. I HAVE GOTTEN STARTED GETTING DOCUMENTS TO GET MY ID SO I CAN GET INTO HOUSING AND THINGS LIKE THAT. WITHOUT BEING IN THE TINY HOUSE VILLAGE I WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN ANYWHERE. I WOULD BE SITTING IN MY TENT DOING NOTHING LIKE I DID FOR THE LAST 2 1/2 YEARS. KNOWING THAT I AM SAFE AT NIGHT, KNOWING THAT HAVE A PLACE TO GO, KNOWING THE COPS ARE NOT GOING TO SHOW UP AND TAKE EVERYTHING I HAVE IS SUCH A HUGE RELIEF. IT IS CRAZY. IT IS JUST, IT GIVES YOU PEACE OF MIND THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED IT YOU DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND IT. IT MEANT A LOT TO ME. WE NEED MORE OF THESE VILLAGES IN THE CITY, I HAVE SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE DIE, THREE FRIENDS OF MINE, THREE CLOSE PEOPLE IN THE TWO YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE HAVE DIED OUT ON THE STREETS. FOR NO REASON. NO REASON AT ALL. IT NEEDS TO STOP. WE NEED HELP.>>THANK YOU.>>DO WE HAVE [ CALLING NAMES ] I THINK YOU ARE NEXT. THE OTHER TWO PEOPLE ARE NOT HERE I DON’T THINK. >>HELLO MY NAME IS CALVIN JONES I AM A RENTER FROM DISTRICT 3. BEFORE HE CAME HERE I KNOW I WAS IN SUPPORT OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES AND I READ A QUICK ARTICLE BUT I WANT TO SAY I HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY MOVED BY EVERYONE’S TESTIMONY AND I WISH THE WHOLE CITY COULD WATCH WHAT HAS BEEN SAID. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE A MEAL WITH MY NEIGHBORS, THE RICHEST SOCIETY TO EXIST HAS THE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE SHELTER FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>I CANNOT READ THE NEXT NAME. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE YOUR NAME? LET ME CALL THE NEXT NAMES AND IF YOU HAVE WRITTEN YOUR NAME AND I DID NOT CALL YOU THEN JOIN AT THE. THE LAST THREE NAMES THAT ARE SIGNED UP ARE [ CALLING NAMES ] >>I DON’T THINK I CAN DO IT. I AM SO MOVED BY WHAT I HAVE HEARD. THANK YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO. I AM A MEMBER OF PUGET SOUND ADVOCATES FOR TIRE ACTION AND I ALSO WORK, USED TO WORK ON A SUICIDE HELPLINE. ALL THE WORDS THAT I HEAR TODAY FROM THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE RECOVERED ARE ALL THE WORDS THAT I HAVE HEARD OF THINGS THAT GIVE PEOPLE THE REASON TO GO ON LIVING. HOPE, COMMUNITY, UNDERSTANDING, SUPPORT, HELP, AND WHY YOU WOULD NOT CONTINUE WITH THAT IN THESE TINY HOUSES MAKES NO SENSE TO ME AT ALL. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT IT WORKS AND WE MUST CONTINUE. I LIVE NEAR LINKEDIN SPRINGS WHICH HAS SINCE CLOSED DOWN AND NOW I HAVE PEOPLE THAT COME INTO MY CARPORT TO SLEEP, THEY USE MY ELECTRICITY, THEY USE THE WASHROOM, I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE BUT IF THEY HAD A PLACE TO GO IT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY FOR THEM TO DO THESE THINGS SO YOU’VE GOT TO KEEP THOSE TINY HOUSES GOING. IT IS IMPORTANT. THANK YOU.>>IF ANYBODY ELSE WANTS TO SPEAK BUT YOU DID NOT SIGN UP OR DID NOT CALL YOUR NAME FEEL FREE TO LINE UP HERE. SURE, YOU CAN TESTIFY. YOU CAN TESTIFY AFTER. YES THAT’S FINE. DON’T WORRY. JUST SPEAK AFTERWARD.>>GOOD EVENING COUNCILMEMBER I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE AND TO THE COUNCILMEMBERS THAT ARE NOT HERE TONIGHT I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING I AM THE REVEREND ANGELA SENIOR PASTOR OF UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE IN THE ROOM YOU’RE NOT ALONE. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND WHAT DO WE NEED NOW? TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WHEN DO WE WANT IT? NOW. WHAT DO WE NEED? WHEN DO WE WANT IT? WHAT DO WE WANT? TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. WHEN DO WE WANT IT? NOW.>>I AM USED TO THE CONGREGATION SO THIS IS GOOD. WE DO HAVE 43 MUSLIM, BUDDHIST, JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN AND OTHER FAITH LEADERS WHO HAVE SIGNED A LETTER AND SENT IT TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE CITY COUNCIL ASKING FOR MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES LED BY THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SAWANT SO LET’S HEAR IT.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>THERE WILL BE 1000 PLUS MORE FAITH LEADERS WHEN THEY FIND OUT THEY NEED TO BE ON THE LIST FOR MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. 191 PEOPLE DIED LAST YEAR AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, OVER 5000 PEOPLE ARE ON THE STREETS EVERY NIGHT UNDER THE BRIDGES AND THAT IS ALSO UNACCEPTABLE. I LIVE, I BELIEVE I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. BASICALLY EVERY PERSON ON THE STREET IS OUR NEIGHBOR SO IT IS TIME THAT WE FIND A WAY IN THE CITY THAT THEY CAN BE IN A HOUSE UNDER SHELTER WITH HEALTHCARE AND WITH RENT CONTROL BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO IN THIS CITY.>>[ APPLAUSE ] WE FOUND OUT FROM THE CITY AND FROM LEHIGH OVER 500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRANSITION FROM A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. OKAY? WHEN PEOPLE SAY THEY NEED MORE DATA THE KEY PART IS WE DON’T NEED MORE DATA, WE NEED PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS. THIS CITY IS FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AMONG THE PEOPLE AND WE WANT NO ONE DYING IN THE CITY AND WE DON’T WANT ANYONE ON THE STREETS SO HERE’S THE THING WE NEED A BUDGET FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE THAT THEY WILL PASS MORE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, THEY WILL FIGURE OUT A WAY FOR RENT CONTROL SO WE WILL NOT HAVE MORE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS, WE WILL HAVE LESS PEOPLE ON THE STREETS IF NOT ANYONE ON THE STREETS TONIGHT TOMORROW OR THE DAY AFTER. THIS IS IMPORTANT, PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THIS EXTREMELY WEALTHY CITY. WE CAN DO THIS. WE AS PEOPLE AROUND THE CITY AND KING COUNTY, THE MARTIN LUTHER KING COUNTY CAN DO THIS. SO TONIGHT, THANK YOU COUNCILMEMBER SAWANT FOR BASICALLY TAKING BACK THE CITY TO SAY HEY, WE CAN BASICALLY DO THIS FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES, FOR ALL THE PEOPLE BECAUSE IF THEY ARE IN A HOME WITH DIGNITY AND LOVE AND THEY CAN BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN IN A SAFE PLACE BECAUSE A LOT OF SHELTERS IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SOME YOUNG GIRLS IT DOES NOT WORK SO WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN. FOR EACH HOUSE ONLY $2700 COME ON SERIOUSLY. WHAT A BETTER WAY TO SPEND OUR MONEY. THANK YOU.>>[ APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO I JUST WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE TINY HOMES. I HAVE BEEN ON THE STREETS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND I LIVED IN TACOMA AND SOMEBODY BROUGHT ME TO SEATTLE AND HONESTLY I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD GET ANY KIND OF HOUSING BECAUSE TACOMA THEY DID NOT HELP ME OUT AT ALL. EXCUSE ME I HAVE A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT. ANYWAY I WAS ON SECTION 8 FOR YEARS AND I HAVE TO SAY YOU GUYS CHANGED MY LIFE. YOU REALLY DID. I STRUGGLE WITH A LOT OF THINGS LIKE ANGER AND HEALTH ISSUES AND I EAT OUT OF GARBAGE CANS, I USED TWO. WHEN YOU GUYS BROUGHT ME IN I DID NOT THINK, I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK AND HONESTLY I WENT OVER MY SPEECH OVER AND OVER BUT I AM THANKFUL FOR MY CASE MANAGERS, SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGER, THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY GIVE US. I DON’T KNOW. EVERYTHING. YOU HAVE TO EXCUSE ME BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS WANTING TO TALK AND DO THIS AND AM SOMEBODY WANTS TO WORK WITH DIFFERENT TINY HOMES AND DO PROJECTS LIKE THEY SAID SOMEBODY WHO HAD DEMENTIA OR WHATEVER WE CAN START ORGANIZATION WHERE WE DO IN- HOME CARE WHERE YOU KNOW WE JUST KIND OF TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. I WOULD HAVE TO TALK TO YOU MORE OFF-CAMERA BECAUSE I HAVE STAGE FRIGHT A LITTLE BIT.>>YOU’RE DOING GREAT.>>I DON’T KNOW I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU GUYS AND I HOPE IT CONTINUES TO PROGRESS AND I AM SOMEBODY WHO WOULD LIKE TO WORK OFF HANDS AND DO COMMUNITY WORK WITH THE WHOLE ORGANIZATION IF I COULD. SO THAT’S ALL I HAVE GOT TO SAY. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU.>>GO AHEAD.>>WE HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH EVERYONE ELSE ON THE LIST? OKAY HELLO. I AM THANKFUL TO MY FRIEND WHO INVITED ME TO COME HERE TONIGHT. WE ARE BOTH FROM THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK. I AM A SOCIAL WORK STUDENT AND I AM ALSO A CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR FOR THE YOUTH. I JUST WANTED TO ADD BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT GETS LEFT OUT ONE OF THESE CONVERSATIONS SOMETIMES AND NOT TO UNDERMINE IN ANY WAY ANYTHING ANYONE HAS SAID BUT I HAVE COME THROUGH THE BIG-MONEY I HAVE BEEN PAYING TO THE UNIVERSITY TO READ SOME POWERFUL BOOKS THAT POVERTY AND SCARCITY ARE MANUFACTURED AND YOU KNOW I HAVE DONE WORK IN MY PROFESSION TO UNDO THE MORAL CONSTRUCTIONS THAT ARE NORMAL IN OUR SOCIETY OF ADDICTION AND I HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME FOR POVERTY BUT I HAVE BEEN HEARING SO MANY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT FIXING SITUATIONS TO THE RIGHT CONDITIONS AND HARD WORK. I JUST WANTED TO VOICE THAT SOME SYSTEMS ARE CONSTRUCTED TO PRODUCE THESE RESULTS AND IT IS NOT ANY SORT OF FAILURE OF CHARACTER OR A HUMAN BEING BUT PEOPLE FIND THEMSELVES LIVING ON THE STREET ESPECIALLY WHERE WE ARE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOCIAL ECONOMIC PROGRESS THAT WE ARE SEEING WHAT WE ARE SEEING.>>YOU CAN SAY IT. IT IS OKAY.>>THERE ARE A COUPLE OTHER PIECES.>>THE OVERARCHING SYSTEM GENERATES THAT.>>YES BUT THERE ARE SUBSYSTEMS WITHIN THAT SYSTEM.>>EXACTLY, YES.>>OKAY THINK YOU.>>ALSO THE SPEAKER BEFORE YOU SHE WAS NOT SIGNED UP SO IF YOU COULD FIND HER FOR THE RECORD WE NEED A NAME. IS ANYBODY ELSE WISHING TO SPEAK WHO HAS NOT SIGNED UP BEFORE I ADJOURN THE HEARING? OKAY, NOBODY RAISING THEIR HAND, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YET, DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK?>>I HOPE YOU ARE A VOICE OF CHANGE FOR SEATTLE AND THEY KEEP YOU ON THE COUNCIL AND DON’T GO BACK. NOTHING REALLY GETS DONE IN THE BUSINESS AS USUAL COUNCIL SO I WISH YOU LUCK WITH YOUR UPCOMING REAPPOINTMENT TO COUNCIL. I HOPE YOU GET IT.>>PLEASE SIGN UP. SORRY. SORRY WE, YOU HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN. LET’S TALK OFF-LINE. SOME OF YOU REALLY MIGHT WANT TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION SO PLEASE CONNECT WITH MY STAFF MEMBERS AND WE CAN CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION. A FEW CLOSING ITEMS PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THIS SECOND, FIRST OF ALL ON BEHALF OF MY WHOLE OFFICE I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE TESTIMONIALS. THEY WERE VERY VERY POWERFUL AND THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN POWERFUL ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED OR ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND HAVE SHARED YOUR STORIES. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE LARGER CAUSE BUT I KNOW IT IS NOT THE EASIEST THING TO DO TO SHARE YOUR PERSONAL STORIES ESPECIALLY FROM THE TOUGHEST MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE SO PLEASE KNOW EVERY TIME YOU DO THAT YOU STRENGTHEN THE COLLECTIVE STRUGGLE AND MOVEMENTAND IT IS VERY VALUED EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU DO THAT. I ALSO WEAKLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN HERE NOT JUST TONIGHT BUT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS WHERE WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS, THE ADVISORY COUNCIL, NICHOLASVILLE, LEHIGH AND THE STUDENTS WORKING WITH LEHIGH AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THROUGH THEIR OWN WORK HOW VALUABLE OF A SERVICE THIS IS. ALL OF THAT IS A BIG PART WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY’S WISHES TO ME AND THE THANKS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME IN MY OFFICE BUT PLEASE KNOW THE ONLY POWER WE HAVE TO THE OFFICE IS THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE ADVOCACY SO EVERY TIME YOU THANK ME YOU ARE THINKING YOURSELVES AND THE COLLECTIVE WORK BECAUSE WITHOUT THAT WE WOULD NOT BE HERE. IN TERMS OF CONCRETE NEXT STEPS, IMMEDIATELY TUESDAY IN TERMS OF CONCRETE NEXT STEPS, IMMEDIATELY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 4:30 WE URGE YOU TO COME PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND TODAY WAS A PUBLIC HEARING BUT SPECIFICALLY FOR TINY HOUSE VILLAGES. TUESDAY THE CITY COUNCIL HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET AS A WHOLE AND IT WILL BE ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL BE HERE. SO I REALLY URGE THOSE OF YOU ADVOCATING FOR THE ORDINANCE TO EXPAND THE ABILITY TO CITE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND ADVOCATING FOR THE FUNDS PLEASE BECOME AN ADVOCATE BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FUNDS THAT MAKES IT A BUDGET ITEM SO WE NEED YOUR VOICES ON THE 22nd, ARRIVE AROUND 4:30 AND THEN MY STAFF HAS PETITION THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO YOUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS. OTHER RESIDENTS. IF YOU’RE HOUSED, YOUR NEIGHBORS AND COWORKERS. PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO REALIZE TINY HOUSE VILLAGES ACTUALLY WORK. HERE WE HAVE A SOLUTION THAT WORKS WHY WOULDN’T WE FUND IT? IF YOU CAN TAKE SOME COPIES OF THE PETITIONS FROM MY STAFF ON TUESDAY OR EMAIL THEM OR D TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOUR SMART PHONE AND SEND IT TO US EITHER WAY JUST MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE PETITIONS BECAUSE THAT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE ADVOCACY. FOR THE REST OF THE COUNCIL I’M SURE THEY WILL BE WATCHING AND THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT AND I AM FULLY CONFIDENT WE WILL GET THIS PAST BUT NOT WITHOUT YOUR CONTINUING ADVOCACY SO WE NEED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ON TUESDAY AND GOING FORWARD IN ORDER TO GET THE FUNDS THROUGH THE BUDGET IN NOVEMBER AND SO ON TUESDAY 4:30 PLEASE COME AND I WANT TO THANK TED WHO READ THE BILL TITLE WITH SUCH A FLOURISH. ALL OF WHOM ARE DEDICATED COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS AND HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK. AND THE FAITH LEADERS, THANK úYOU SO MUCH FOR SAYING TO THE SOCIETY AT LARGE THIS IS A MORAL QUESTION AND THERE CANNOT BE NEUTRAL GROUND WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS BECAUSE IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY. THAT IS HOW BAD THE CRISIS IS, I DON’T KNOW A SINGLE PERSON WHO HAS NOT EXPERIENCED IT OR KNOW SOMEBODY THAT HAS ENDED THIS POINT WE KNOW MULTIPLE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED IT SO LET’S ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. IT CAN BE PREVENTED BUT WE NEED TO GENERATE THE POLITICAL WILL, YOUR TESTIMONIALS ARE HUGE REASON WHY WE WILL CREATE THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH I WILL ADJOURN THE MEETING AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU ON TUESDAY.>>[ APPLAUSE ]

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