Lacey Encampments

The Department of Enterprise Services has been coordinating with the City of Lacey and other partners since 2019 to offer assistance to un-housed people camping on DES-managed land near Desmond Drive. The number of campsites has decreased as our partners worked diligently to offer housing and wrap-around resources to campers.

Ongoing actions:

  • The Lacey Mobile Outreach Team continues to engage people in 9 camp sites.

  • Lacey Police Department is monitoring the area and preventing additional campers from moving in.

  • DES is cleaning up campsites as they become abandoned.

  • DES is replacing missing no trespassing signs on an ongoing basis as the need arises.

  • DES property management is engaging with neighboring property owners and other key stakeholders on a regular basis.

Past actions include:


  • Supplied a large, designated dumpster.


  • Memorandum of Understanding with City of Lacey March 25, 2021.

  • Baseline survey March 30 to determine how many camp sites there are, and how many are occupied.

  • Cleaned up abandoned sites May 3-11, while respecting the personal property of persons in the occupied sites.
  • Posted "No Trespassing" signs in the area.


  • Cleared trees and brush in the area.

  • Conducted an "in place" cleanup of areas outside of occupied sites.

  • Provided trash bags and dumpsters.