More than 3,000 homeless people live in Seattle, the largest number in the country, with the city the epicenter of a homeless crisis that has left more than 4,200 people homeless.
It is the largest homeless population in the United States, and the third largest overall, behind Los Angeles and New York.
A second homeless encampment at Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle has since been shut down.
The encampment was a flashpoint for the homeless in the winter of 2015-16.
It was a scene of anger and chaos.
The encampment became a flash point for the homelessness in the Winter of 2015 and 2016.
Many were sleeping in trash cans, with blankets, food and water in hand.
Some were sleeping on street corners, in tents, in park benches and in a tent at a park.
Many others had a tent or sleeping bag on their head, and others were standing.
Many had tents with water.
The homeless camped in a park, but the homeless tents and encampments in Seattle were on the same street.
The homelessness situation in Seattle is the most severe of any U.S. city, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
On Jan. 16, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to close the encampment and evict more than 100 people, many of them homeless women.
Mayor Ed Murray said the encampments were a “pervasive blight on the city’s landscape and the fabric of its people.”
He said the council was moving to address the encampuement.
It was the largest citywide homeless population since the city began tracking homelessness in 2012.
Since then, Murray said, the city has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of homeless people.
The number of people living in homeless shelters has fallen by 90 percent.
The city has also seen a sharp decrease in the rate of people being evicted, which fell from nearly 2,300 per month in February to under 500 per month.
Murray said it was a “shocking, horrifying” sight to see homeless people on the streets.
“It is a symbol of how much Seattle has lost,” Murray said.
“We have to get this right.”
Murray added that he and other city leaders were working to “get a sense of the root causes” of the homeless situation.
A homeless person who works at a shelter said he had to sleep on the street in his tent, and he said many people were “sitting on the ground like animals.”
“There are homeless people in our neighborhood,” he said.
But in a city that was already struggling with homelessness, the number was shocking, said Sarah Miller, a spokesperson for the Homelessness Policy Center.
She said the city had “taken a massive, systemic approach to homelessness.”
It has a long way to go, Miller said.
The mayor had proposed that the city move away from a “one size fits all” approach to dealing with homelessness and instead focus on prevention, and to prioritize people who are at risk of homelessness, such as children and families with older adults.
Miller said a plan for a permanent solution to the homeless problem has not been announced, and Murray’s proposal would not have been “a big deal” if it were.
More:Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addresses homeless crisis as holiday approachesIn November, Murray signed a bill to end the citywide encampment of the Pioneer Square homeless encampments, which have been at the center of a political and legal battle over the city moving forward with the plan to evict the homeless.
City council members, in their resolutions, expressed their outrage that the homeless encampuance, which had become a “festering wound” in the city, had been shuttered.
According to the Seattle Times, the resolution said the homeless people “had done no good and had no place to go.”
The resolution called on Murray to take action on the issue, and that the mayor would “promptly implement a permanent plan for ending homelessness.”
Seattle has long struggled with homelessness.
The Seattle City Budget said it would spend $9.6 million on homelessness prevention and treatment in 2018, and $9 million to help homeless people stay in permanent housing.