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City Removes Homeless Camp On 75th Street West

On Dec. 27, members of Lakewood's Community Safety & Resource Team worked with other city departments to remove the camp and clean up garbage at the site.

On Dec. 27, the CSRT (Community Safety & Resource Team) coordinated the Lakewood Municipal Court work crew, Parks staff and Lakewood Police officers to remove a homeless camp and clean up the garbage left over.

The camp was located underneath the 75th St W Bridge just off of Bridgeport Way. The location came to the City’s attention from the Pierce County Conservation District. They have a water quality study that is ongoing and they noticed both the existence of at least one tent and a lot of garbage underneath the bridge and the elevated levels of fecal coli form bacteria found in Flett Creek in that area.

There were two tents located under the bridge and both were tagged with a message from the City of Lakewood with notification to vacate the area within three days or they would be removed by the City and property disposed of. There was also a stabbing there on December 20th, related to a dispute between two homeless men who wanted the same tent. When the team arrived on the 27th, one tent was gone and the other had apparently been abandoned.

The large amount of garbage was cleaned up thanks to the work crew and the area will be watched by patrol to prevent others from setting up camp there.

-City Manager Andrew Neiditz

Leslie Young January 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I am curious what services were provided or offered to the people who were living in this camp? Please report back if you can, thanks!
Dane Ferrell January 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM
What has been done to address the cause of homelessness? instead of treating poor people as criminals,how about helping them like give them housing, and food grants,everything the have, or had has been stolen from them by good old capitalism.
Patty Schumacher January 15, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Pierce County has a housing program (started by the George Bush administration) for people in this situation that places them in housing for little or no expense to them. Many choose not to accept these arrangements because of the rules they must abide by including not smoking on the premises. In order to get something out of capitalism, you have to contribute something to it. Capitalism doesn't steal anything. It is an economic platform by which you can improve your financial circumstance. If you are so all fired concerned, why don't you offer to put these folks up at your place?
Brent Champaco January 15, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Interesting program, Patty.
Patty Schumacher January 15, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Brent, if interested check with Kathleen Merryman on this. She did several articles on it when she was with the Trib.

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