SEATTLE – Seattle police have issued a costly ticket to a person living in a tent near Green Lake.
The SeattlePI reports that officers on Monday night gave a $1,025 littering ticket to the man.
Community organizer Matthew Lang said the man and several other people had arrived at the site the day before with help from Lang and two neighborhood action councils.
Lang said he spoke with the man who said police pointed to the man’s tent and other belongings stacked nearby as signs of litter.
Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb told SeattlePI on Wednesday that the ticket would be canceled.
In December, Seattle officers issued trespassing tickets with a $500 penalty to several people camped in a city park.
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s spokesman for homeless response Will Lemke told The Associated Press Friday that it is not the city’s policy to issue tickets in these cases.
Seattle is hardly alone in facing a shortage of affordable housing. It’s a national problem, and not a single major metropolitan area in the U.S. has enough low-income housing to meet the demand.
But given the region’s exceptionally fast-rising rents, and a homelessness crisis that counts among the worst in the nation.
The study, which was conducted by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based housing-advocacy group, found that there are 29 affordable units available for every 100 extremely low income households in Seattle. That’s well below the national average of 35 per 100.
While the study showed that every metro area deals with a severe shortage of affordable housing, Boston had the highest availability, at 46 units per 100 households. Las Vegas was at the bottom, with just 12 units per 100 households.
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