The Department of Enterprise Services has been coordinating with the City of Lacey, Community Action Council, Department of Ecology and other stakeholders to address concerns about encampments on DES-managed property near Desmond Drive and Martin Way. The actions align with guidance from the Attorney General's Office regarding addressing encampments during the pandemic and the Governor's short-term eviction moratorium.
There will not be a "sweep" to remove people from occupied sites. However, additional occupation in the area will not be allowed.
Recent actions include:
- 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.
- Clean up abandoned sites May 3-11, while respecting the personal property of persons in the occupied sites.
- Post "No Trespassing" signs in the area.
- The Community Action Council continues to engage people in existing encampments.
- City of Lacey is monitoring the area and preventing additional campers from moving in.
- DES is cleaning up campsites as they become abandoned.
- DES is providing trash bags to encampment residents and supplying a large, designated dumpster that is emptied three times a week.
Past actions include:
- Clearing trees and brush in the area.
- Conducting an "in place" cleanup of areas outside of occupied sites.
- Providing trash bags and dumpsters.