Seattle Must Reform Homeless Encampment Rules

People camping underneath Interstate 5 in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. An encampment was recently removed just blocks from this location. Photo by the author.

Removals of homeless encampments, often called “sweeps,” cause both economic harm and severe emotional trauma for people who are living unsheltered. Here in Seattle, the controversial practice is carried out by the Human Services Department and the Navigation Team and has not proven to be effective at connecting people with shelter or other services. Sadly, while encampment removals have been defended as a way…