City, County and State Teams to Assess Health and Safety Conditions of Encampments

Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Corey Orvold, 206-250-1892

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m.

What: Media availability with Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Steve Wilske and other members of the assessment team to explain assessment objectives.

Location: Airport Way South and South Royal Brougham Way (grassy area southwest of the intersection)

 A team of city, county and state workers led by the Seattle Fire Department will begin an assessment of the homeless encampments along the Interstate 5 green belt, located in the SoDo District. The multi-agency assessment is expected to begin at 10:00 a.m. and take between 3 and 5 hours.

Participating agencies include:

  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Human Services Department
  • Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
  • Seattle Parks Department
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Community outreach staff
  • Homeless advocates

The goal is to assess the health and safety of the encampments as well as the impact that the encampments are having on infrastructure. The assessment team will interview residents who agree to participate. The team will not displace any residents or remove any personal items or garbage. The team will not make recommendations – they will simply assess the current conditions.

Reporters and photographers will not be invited to join the assessment team.