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November 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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Nickelsville relocates at fire station

Posted by Letters editor

Give thanks for mayor’s support of struggling community

After years of blaming the victim, the city is adopting a humane and sensible plan for the folks at Nickelsville [“Camp finds home at fire station,” NW Tuesday, Nov. 16].

Things most of us take for granted — showers with warm water, toilets that flush, dry clothes to put on in the morning — have been cruelly absent for the Nickelodeons.

Yes, permanent low-cost housing would be preferable to the interim facility at the old fire station, but that housing does not exist for hundreds of homeless individuals. Rather than avert our eyes and deny that we are part of the problem, we should thank the mayor for supporting this community that has struggled so hard for so long.

And we should continue working on a permanent solution.

— Lorraine Pozzi, Seattle

Nickelsville neighbors ought never fear homeless campers

Nickelsville has been housed next to the church where I work for the past three months. This was their second three-month stint at this location. This building is home to several children’s programs. Since Nickelsville has been looking for a new location, there has been a lot of emotional discussion about where they will go.

As someone who has had personal experience with Nickelsville being in my neighborhood, I want to make it known that there have been absolutely no issues surrounding their proximity to our programs. The residents of Nickelsville have been nothing but respectful of our space. I have interacted with a few residents who worked at the church on a daily basis and I was never, in any way, threatened or disrespected.

Nickelsville has its own security and was very watchful of the area and of the church building. Actually, I felt even more secure coming into the building in the early morning knowing that Nickelsville was right there and willing to help if needed.

So, to those worried about the safety in the neighborhood surrounding the next Nickelsville location, stop worrying; Nickelsville is not the scary thing many people say it is.

— Erin Whitesell, Seattle

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