Sounds like SPD did a sweep of the park at #Seattle Central College. There's now a fence around the lawn/park, and it sounds like there are still crews on site. Please check in on those in need in the area. Temperatures are climbing and shelter is vital. #seattleprotestcomms pic.twitter.com/KWlAcNpFsL
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The south lawn of Seattle Central is fenced off and cleared of tents after the city moved in Tuesday morning to clear the camp that formed in the wake of the July 1st raid and sweep of the CHOP occupied protest.
The college announced the clearance in an email to the campus. “After two weeks of working with homeless support services, speaking with organizers, and hearing from employees and neighbors, the college received assistance from the city of Seattle this morning to clear the illegal encampment at the South Plaza without incident,” SCC president Sheila Edwards Lange writes. The full email is below.
CHS is not aware of any arrests in the clearance.
UPDATE 5:40 PM: A city Human Services Department spokesperson tells CHS that the school was mistaken in reporting that the Navigation Team executed Tuesday morning’s clearance. “The operation today was SPD and not the Navigation Team,” the spokesperson said. “There may be some confusion around Navigation Team SPD officers being involved but they would be operating under their SPD chain of command and not in their roles as members of the Navigation Team.”
We reported last week on the school’s efforts to broker a peaceful end to the encampment that formed with a mix of unsheltered people and protesters gathering on the school plaza lawn. The situation comes nine years after Occupy Seattle tents filled the area for nearly two months before being forced out just before Christmas 2011.
In her latest update, below, Edwards Lange said her school partnered with Low Income Housing Institute to assist 20 campers, “identifying placements and providing transportation to housing.”
“The campers who remained on site after Monday night were offered alternative housing and support services by Navigation Team members,” Edwards Lange writes.
Dear Seattle Central Community,
I am writing to update you on the status of the encampment on the South Plaza lawn.
After two weeks of working with homeless support services, speaking with organizers, and hearing from employees and neighbors, the college received assistance from the city of Seattle this morning to clear the illegal encampment at the South Plaza without incident.
The college asked for the city’s help only after exhausting every other avenue to get the campers to voluntarily leave the site, including assistance with housing placements. We needed to take action because the encampment had become a safety and health hazard.
The college partnered with the Low Income Housing Institute to assist 20 of the people who were camping on the site, identifying placements and providing transportation to housing. The campers who remained on site after Monday night were offered alternative housing and support services by Navigation Team members.
The encampment was set up illegally after the clearing of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest on July 1, when some of the people camping at Cal Anderson Park moved their sites to the lawn at the edge of the campus.
The South Plaza lawn will be temporarily fenced off to the public while it is being cleaned up.
We thank our community, staff, and students for their patience through this difficult situation.
Sheila Edwards Lange, PhD
President, Seattle Central College
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