Seattle allocates $100K for Internet for homeless |

Seattle allocates $100K for Internet for homeless

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a city budget that includes money that could be used to provide Internet access at some of the city’s dozens of homeless encampments.

A $100,000 funding item on the 2015 budget was dedicated to improving conditions at homeless camps and included such things as portable toilets, electricity, running water, garbage collection, cooking facilities and Internet access.

There was no decision on precisely how much money could go toward Internet installation or whether it would be available via traditional computer terminals or wireless.

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, said Internet access would allow homeless individuals to look for jobs, communicate and keep up with news and current events.

“We are no longer looking at Internet as a luxury. We have to make sure we provide humane services for everybody,” she said last week after the item was added to the budget.

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