Seattle city council votes to spend $500,000 on Nickelsville move-out


by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The City of Seattle is going  to pay half a million dollars to move residents out of the homeless encampment called Nickelsville.

That decision came late Monday, following a lawsuit filed last month, against the city by a neighboring business.

At Nickelsville tent E-6, homeless camper, Michael Keever, introduces his wife, Kim and their pet lab, Midnight.

They set up camp nearly a year ago,  after they both were convicted on marijuana charges.

Nickelsville accepts children and pets, so for them, moving to a shelter is impossible.

"I can't. They won't accept the pet," said Kim Kowalski.

Nicole, who wants to remain anonymous, is the mother of three children.

"I'm homeless and this is the only place that allows kids and pets."

The Seattle City Council will contract with a social service agency to provide rent and hotel vouchers. The emergency funds will also pay for drug, alcohol and mental illness treatment.

Many in the camp will accept the services but reject any move that scatters their group.

Camp leaders are talking to churches and private property owners about relocating.  The city has given residents until September 1st to vacate the property.