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Seattle to clear out unsanctioned homeless camps in SODO

On Tuesday, the city of Seattle will begin clearing out unsanctioned homeless camps along a section of Spokane Street in the SODO neighborhood.  (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - On Tuesday morning, the city of Seattle will begin clearing out unsanctioned homeless camps along a section of Spokane Street in the SODO neighborhood.

“They shouldn’t be making people move because they don’t want to look at the area, we have to live this way, we’ve been forced into this, we don’t just choose it,” said Aaron La Breche who lives at the camp.

At 8:30 a.m., the city will begin closing camps along the corridor that stretches from Colorado Avenue to Airport Way. They will focus on the area between 2nd Ave and Colorado.

“Trying to afford a place to stay is near impossible on this city,” said La Breche

The city’s navigation team has been on site for quite some time offering alternative shelter, services and storage of belongs to everyone at the encampment. But La Breche says it’s unlikely he’ll accept help.

“I’ve got to move and figure everything out – it might work out well and it might not,” said La Breche

The city the plans to cleanup the garbage and debris in the hopes of discouraging future camping. For businesses just across from the encampment the clean-up brings relief.

“There’s been a lot of break-in in our vehicles, there’s been break-ins in the back of the building, there’s been all sorts of problems,” said Cory Hesseltine who owns Eco Electric.

Problems that started more than year when the encampment pop up. And problems they hope will soon go away.

“My hope for the neighborhood is that it gets cleaned up,” said Hesseltine.

Cleanup is expected to last at least a week.

Notices of the impending closure were posted back in August, after a man was shot and killed at an encampment underneath the Spokane Street Viaduct at 1st Ave. S.



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