Two people who live outside say Seattle police directed them to Occupy Seattle's city hall encampment.
Real Change vendor Larry Brinegar was staying at 7th Ave. and Cherry St. on Nov. 7 when law enforcement and Washington State Dept. of Tranportation workers came to clear the area.
Brinegar said a police officer told him to go to Occupy Seattle.
Cameron M. Christensen said when he was sleeping under the Alaska Way Viaduct, a police officer also suggested he stay at Occupy Seattle.
"They're trying to tell us, 'Why don't you go sleep with those other people out at the college?'?" Christensen said, referring to Occupy Seattle's Seattle Central Community College outpost.
Christensen said he didn't want to stay there because he doesn't agree with everything the Occupy movement espouses.
"Some of it, you've got to admit, is a little far-fetched," he said.
Brinegar slept one night at Occupy Seattle's City Hall encampment and occupiers were friendly, he said, but he disliked having to set up and tear down his tent each day, per the encampment's permit.
When he's sleeping under I-5, Brinegar leaves his tent up and can keep his belongings together inside it, he said.
Activists with Occupy Seattle say they've welcomed and fed homeless people who've showed up, but at times the mental and physical health needs of the homeless outstrip their resources.
Detective Renee Witt, spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department, said there has been no directive suggesting that officers send homeless people to the Occupy Seattle encampment.
"That's not a message the department is sending out to people," she said.