An Overdose Death at the Broadview-Thomson Homeless Encampment
There is a group called “We Heart Seattle”, led by Andrea Suarez, who have been very good at working with the homeless.
Andrea reports on their Facebook page that a man named Nicholas Bjarnson overdosed at the encampment next to Broadview-Thomson K-8 on May 28th. He was 35 years old.
In her posts, Ms. Suarez seems unhappy with “turf wars” and said, “Keeping people, especially addicts, comfortable in parks, on schoolyards or anywhere until they are ready is nothing short of assisted suicide. Please wake up Seattle.”
We Heart Seattle’s mission statement:
- We Heart Seattle is a grassroots coalition of people who believe we must act to better protect people, parks, and our shared environment. Through our direct civic engagement we lead the way to a more compassionate and healthy community.
To meet these goals, we:
- Create a sense of community by welcoming everyone to be involved in real civic engagement
- Build a network of people who no longer walk by neighbors in need and areas needing repair while expecting someone else to help
- Utilize all available safe housing, shelters, and treatment facilities for anyone who is readyHouse our neighbors quickly without the typical restrictions, delays and inefficiency that has kept many on the streets
- Clean litter and eradicate graffitiDevelop great partnerships with like-minded stakeholders
- Work cooperatively with city and county employees and leaders