Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s administration has selected three preferred sites for new, city-regulated homeless encampments to potentially be established this year.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s administration has selected three preferred sites for new, city-regulated homeless encampments to potentially be established this year.

The three city-owned sites are in the Ballard, Interbay and Industrial District neighborhoods and together have the capacity to host at least 200 individuals, according to the administration.

The mayor is sending a resolution on the sites to the City Council for approval.

“Permitted encampments are not a permanent solution to the crisis of homelessness we are experiencing in Seattle,” Murray said in a statement Monday. “These encampments will provide a safer community environment than sleeping under a highway overpass or on a park bench. Residents will have improved access to services and we hope to open the door to permanent housing as quickly as we can.”

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The preferred sites are:

• 2826 N.W. Market St. in Ballard (approximately 52 residents)

• 3234 17th Ave. W. in Interbay (approximately 70 residents)

• South Industrial Way at Sixth Avenue South in the Industrial District (approximately 78 residents)

Each of the three sites is on surplus Seattle City Light property.

Murray proposed and the City Council approved legislationthis year to authorize and oversee up to three new encampments of up to 100 people each on city or private property in nonresidential zones.

Seattle Department of Planning and Development officials reviewed more than 135 vacant properties before settling on the three preferred sites.

The legislation requires the sites to span at least 5,000 square feet and sit within a half-mile of a transit stop.

The officials identified four additional sites as potential locations for encampments in future years.

Those four sites are:

• 8030 15th Ave. N.W.

• 3830 Fourth Ave. N.E.

• 7115 Second Ave. S.W.

• 7110 Rainier Ave. S.

Two organizations — SHARE and Nickelsville — sought approval this spring from the Seattle Human Services Department to serve as encampment operators. Both were approved but will need to apply for permits and sign leases to use the sites.

In addition to the sites selected by officials, the operators may apply for permits at private sites, if any are available that meet the city’s criteria.

The permits will last one year each with the possibility of a single one-year renewal. No site will host an encampment for more than two straight years.

The city’s goal is to get at least one new tent city up and running by the end of the year.

The operators will handle security at the encampments and screen new residents, according to a news release. The nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute will provide case management. The city will coordinate public-health, medical outreach and food assistance.

Each site will have a community advisory committee to work with neighbors. The city’s budget this year contains some funding for encampments.