June 5, 2019
From IWW Olympia (USA)

To the City of Olympia staff and Council Members, 

We ask that you take the follow actions:

  1. End the forcible removal of homeless encampments on public property 
  2. Develop and adopt more just, compassionate, and effective policies related to responding to encampments, like a Shelter-in-Place model. This might include specific actions like:
  • Creating transparent policies
    and accountability processes that ensure adequate time, support and legal and
    appropriate alternatives are provided if a person needs to move.
  • Including encampment residents
    in the process of developing said policies.
  • Adopting said policies in
    keeping with humane principles as outlined in City resolution M – 1942 and The
    Charter for Compassion. 
  • Partnering with service
    providers, advocacy groups and faith communities who are supporting existing
  • Promoting health and safety
    with garbage service, handwashing stations, and public restrooms at existing
  • Developing and supporting
    self-governance among the residents of the camps, and seeking to engage camp
    residents as an essential part of the solution to this challenge, rather than viewing
    them/us as the problem.
  • Engaging treatment providers
    to partner with and provide outreach to the residents of camps. 
  • Supporting the development of
    a regular stakeholders group meeting that invites all interested citizens, organizations,
    and businesses to guide the effort. 

The goal is to develop a continuum of options created by the whole
community that is sustainable.  As stakeholders in this effort we wish
to end the sweeps of camps that only creates more misery and suffering
and erodes public confidence and partnership. We believe these are
essential steps needed to ensure that all residents of our community
have safe, legal, and appropriate places to live.


Source: Olympiaiww.com