City orders homeless camp outside Spokane City Hall to clear out
SPOKANE, Wash. — An eviction notice was served to those who don’t have a home this weekend in Spokane. Spokane Police posted several notices to remove property outside City Hall on Saturday, where many of the city’s homeless have waited in below-freezing temperatures for Spokane’s new warming shelter to open.
A city spokesperson tells KXLY multiple people have complained about this specific camp, so as part of procedure, police were asked to post the notices. Once this group moves, though, they say they’ll just set up somewhere else, since the city says there’s no open shelter capacity in Spokane right now.
“It’s a real hard day for a lot of people,” said Ken Lee, who’s been camping outside City Hall for the last two weeks. “The heating centers, they’re supposed to open up and it was supposed to be by Friday or next Friday, and it was agreed we’d be able to stay until they opened up.”
City council president Ben Stuckart tells KXLY he wasn’t aware of who ordered the notices.
The notice says the homeless have until Monday morning at 9:30 to pack up and leave. The notice was posted on Saturday, and since business offices are closed on the weekends, the homeless have from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday to contest the removal of the camp with the City’s Housing and Community Services department.
Spokane resident and homeless advocate Joan Medina says she plans to protest the camp removal outside City Hall during that time frame Monday.
“You know, I don’t have the means to really do anything this problem. It’s going to take the community to step up and do that,” said Medina. “We should not be having any kind of discriminatory laws like this that make it more difficult for people just to survive.”
If the homeless do not pack up their belongings, the notice says they will be considered abandoned and destroyed.
Stuckart tells KXLY the council is hoping to provide shelter announcements Monday.
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