Nearly six years ago, a plot of land was purchased in Pasco, at the corner of 3rd and Columbia, behind the vacant Thunderbird Motel. Now, in a week, the new Union Gospel Mission men's shelter will start to be built.
The City of Seattle has been conducting periodic sweeps to not only clean up unsightly homeless camps, but also apprehend criminal suspects. Now, the ACLU is representing two homeless people who are suing the city, saying these cleanup efforts are illegal.
Perhaps an unintended consequence of turning a blind eye towards the growing number of homeless camps popping up on the west side? For years, Portland and especially Seattle, have had some of the most lenient and friendly 'camping' policies towards homeless camps, but now it appears issues are growing.
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