SEATTLE — A new lawsuit claims that the city of Seattle appears to have broken its own rules in approving the permit for a homeless encampment in South Lake Union.
KIRO 7 was the first to show the lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation, to Sharon Lee, the executive director of the Low-Income Housing Institute. Both institute and the city of Seattle are named in the lawsuit.
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"Our initial reaction, of course, was surprise," Lee said, "because we're trying to do all we can to house people who are really vulnerable."
The lawsuit alleges that, before applying for a permit for a tiny house village at 800 Aloha Street, the city failed to do appropriate community outreach and that the process "requires the establishment of a Community Advisory Committee."
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