Seattle evicts residents of filthy, ‘inhumane’ Sodo homeless camp ‘The Field’

By David Gutman and Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times

March 7, 2017

Evicted from the Sodo homeless camp known as the The Field Tuesday morning, the “community” some of its residents had hoped to keep together began to scatter.

Some accepted offers from city outreach workers and moved into temporary shelters. Others packed their belongings into carts and moved to nearby encampments.

The eviction began after Seattle police set up metal barricades on the camp’s borders. A few dozen officers, city officials and members of the Union Gospel Mission began waking up campers about 7 a.m.

At its peak, after city officials designated the camp as a stop-gap destination for those being evicted from homeless encampments in around the East Duwamish Greenbelt, the Field held as many as 80 tents, officials said.

Only a few dozen people remained in the camp Monday morning, said Meg Olberding, a spokeswoman with Seattle’s Human Services Department. The city has been reaching out to the camp residents and working to find shelter for all of them.

More than 28 tents could be seen at The Field — at South Royal Brougham Way and Airport Way South — Tuesday morning. Some drifted out of the large brown community center tent where a hand-painted sign read “The Sanctuary.”

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