Homeless set up new unsanctioned camp after being cleared from U-District
SEATTLE – The city will be cleaning up another unauthorized homeless camp on Tuesday, but the ongoing problems at the site may end up shifting to another neighborhood.
The vacant property at NE 40th St and Pasadena became a dumping ground during the couple of months that people lived here. Complaints about trash, needles and human waste convinced the city to clear it out, but now some of these same campers are starting over in another part of town.
“People that weren't permanent, they were bouncing in and out for a few days here and there,” said Justin May, one of the campers who relocated. “That's kind of what we're trying to get away from here. We left some of them guys, the problem makers, behind."
May is one of about ten people who pitched their tents in this east Green Lake neighborhood. They also put out a welcome sign to neighbors, but already some people who live there are feeling uneasy.
One neighbor said the campers told him they had city authorization to be there – but that is not true. Now, many of the residents aren't sure what to expect next.
City outreach workers dealing with the U District campsite said nearly everyone refused services, choosing instead to find a new place to pitch a tent.
Neighbors said they did their best to coexist with the campers while they were there.
“There was someone peeing on the fence today when i got home," said Hannah Hanson, who is generally supportive of trying to help homeless people. “It will be nice to have less trash and less noise at night but everyone needs a place to go, I guess."