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According to The Seattle Times, the Seattle City Council is considering plans to fund a village of tiny homes to help combat the city's homeless problem. Other progressive programs under consideration include a jail-diversion program focused on drug offenders and sex workers. There are also provisions for providing mobile restrooms for people living on the streets. “We want to build on what’s working,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Bagshaw’s package would also add $1.3 million to buy and operate five mobile restrooms, each with toilets, a needle exchange unit and a pet-waste disposal unit.

The council’s package would snip $1 million allocated by the mayor for the potential relocation of a tiny-house village in Georgetown while adding $1.8 million to add more tiny-house villages elsewhere, including a village that would prioritize people referred by LEAD and by the city’s Navigation Team, which conducts outreach to unauthorized homeless encampments, including when the city removes such encampments.

Rather than eliminate the Navigation Team, as proposed last month by Council member Kshama Sawant, Bagshaw’s package would continue requiring the team to report to the council quarterly, as proposed by Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

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