CIDBIA and Chong Wa Benevolent Association held meetings to gather responses from the neighborhood about the proposed city ordinance addressing homeless encampments. • Photo by Travis Quezon
CIDBIA and Chong Wa Benevolent Association held meetings to gather responses from the neighborhood about the proposed city ordinance addressing homeless encampments. • Photo by Travis Quezon

The following is a statement from CIDBIA and Chong Wa Benevolent Association regarding the update on unsanctioned encampment ordinance.

Dear Chinatown-International District Community Members,

Chong Wa and the BIA hosted a community forum October 11 at Chong Wa Benevolent Association with representatives from the City Council. Tyler Emsky from Council Member Juarez’s office and Andra Kranzler from Council Member Herbold’s office were in attendance along with more than 60 business and community members. We brought our concerns about an ACLU-backed ordinance addressing unsanctioned homeless encampments that has been making its way through the Seattle City Council.

There will be a Human Services and Public Health Committee this Friday, October 14th, at 9:30am to further discuss this legislation. Fortunately, it looks as though the ordinance will not be voted on at this meeting, which means we have more time for community input. We are also hearing that Council Members have been hearing strong feedback on this proposed legislation and are taking more time to discuss their options. You are encouraged to come to the Committee Meeting this Friday to voice your concerns. We will give more updates on this process as we receive them.

If you have not done so already, there is a form letter you can print and sign to let City Council know where we stand on this proposed ordinance. You can return the letter to Jessa Timmer (409B Maynard Ave S – inside Hing Hay Coworks) or send to Council directly.

Thank you,

Jessa Timmer
Executive Director President CIDBIA
Sue-May Eng
Chong Wa Benevolent Association

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