Another Myers Way encampment cleared

(WSB photo, Wednesday)

For months, the operators of tiny-house village Camp Second Chance (9701 Myers Way; map) have tried to get city help clearing an unauthorized encampment just outside their gates. The area where the encampment was set up had originally been considered a parking area that was unofficially part of CSC, but at some point they were reportedly told it was city right-of-way and that they could not regulate or maintain it. So, over the months, people with tents and RVs set up there; three weeks ago, one of those RVs caught fire. Community groups that do volunteer work at CSC also voiced concerns about the outside-the-fence encampment making it difficult for them to safely access CSC. Finally this week the encampment was cleared (including what remained of the burned RV). CSC manager Joaquin Barnett with camp operator LIHI told the camp’s Community Advisory Committee, “Moving forward, all participants that have vehicles were given parking passes which indicated that are LIHI participants, these parking passes are noticable on the inside of their vehicles, on the front dash board behind the front window.” We didn’t hear about the operation until it was over, so we subsequently asked Lori Baxter, spokesperson for the city’s homelessness response, about what had been done:

On Tuesday, the City’s Unified Care Team (UCT) conducted an encampment resolution near Camp Second Chance along Myers Way. Five vehicles, including one burned-out RV and four abandoned vehicles, were impounded from the site, and crews removed approximately 10,000 pounds of debris.

Offers of shelter were made to five individuals who were living unsheltered at the site, resulting in three accepted referrals.

UCT coordinated with Camp Second Chance in advance of the site resolution regarding deployment of no-parking signs in front of the tiny house village site. Temporary parking restrictions in effect there from December 1 will remain in place through December 8. The Unified Care Team will continue monitoring this site in an effort to keep it clear of any re-encampments.

If you’re not familiar with the area, this is city property on the west side of Myers Way, south of the Joint Training Facility; the encampment cleared this past summer on mostly state-owned land was on the east side and further north. Camp Second Chance has more than 50 tiny houses and usually is sheltering ~70 people.

16 Replies to "Another Myers Way encampment cleared"

  • Jeff December 7, 2023 (2:51 pm)

    Disgusting. Shuffling people around in the cold during the holidays is really stupid. We simply are failing our citizens with this society and we need root cause change. 

    • Buttercup December 7, 2023 (3:31 pm)

      Instead of shuffling them around, do you think it would be better to let them stay in their tents during the winter when it’s cold and with the horrendous rain that we’ve had lately or would it be better to offer them shelter where they could go and be comfortable and hopefully start to work on the issues they face

    • WS Native December 7, 2023 (3:35 pm)

      Jeff, walk us through what you are doing to solve this problem for our citizens. Seems to me the right thing to do and many west seattleites feel the same way. We are tired of illegal camping, we are tired of crime, we are tired of RV fires.

  • Tired of the BS December 7, 2023 (4:25 pm)

    How ironic… an authorized homeless camp needed city help in clearing an unauthorized encampment just outside their gates. 

  • The Earl December 7, 2023 (4:39 pm)

    it’s the system at work. take a drive through burien plenty of available apartments for rent. that’s too simple. continue to spend millions and millions on nothing.

    • Scarlett December 7, 2023 (9:46 pm)

      I’m not a fan of a nanny state and this dystopian warehousing of people, but there are no alternatives.  This is the end game of predatory capitalism and ironically it’s not the corporations or wealthy scions who deliver the final blow – its the “nice” guy or gal next door who quietly sold out but blames everyone else. 

  • Justme December 7, 2023 (5:01 pm)

    The encampment at the bottom of Meyers Way where you turn and head south to Marginal Way hopefully will be next. I can’t imagine anyone living in such muddy filthy conditions and often there are people standing in the road on a blind turn.

    • Derek December 7, 2023 (7:39 pm)

      I’m so sorry you’re forced to see poor people. Sweeping is cruel and always will be. And before people go “no being outside is cruel!” sweeping isn’t guaranteeing shelter…so what is the point 

      • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy December 7, 2023 (9:29 pm)

        Aren’t they always offered housing during sweeps? This story and every story on this topic that I’ve read here has mentioned that.

        • MAL December 7, 2023 (10:30 pm)

          It’s not true that everyone gets a shelter offer, and even those that do are often offered things that require conditions they can’t accept…for example: having to give up their vehicle, or be separated from a partner or a pet or their possessions …or a location far from services. 

      • Wseattleite December 7, 2023 (9:58 pm)

        Derek, do you think there is no such thing as a “poor” criminal?  I grew up poorer than any metric used to identify the poor in this area. At no time was the behavior you seem to condone ever acceptable in my family.  We did not take what was not ours. We took care of any space we were fortunate to inhabit.  Being poor is not an excuse for unsocial behavior until people let it be an excuse and become apologists for what most see as unacceptable.  People who do so are feeding the problem, even if well intentioned.  

    • Alki resident December 7, 2023 (8:33 pm)

      Yes they need to go. I’m tired of seeing all of the stolen cars showing up there. The encampment that just got cleared by second chance was full of package thieves. One of them frequents my neighbors house which is a known drug house. 

      • Derek December 7, 2023 (10:13 pm)

        Housed people steal and sell drugs too 

  • Sarge December 7, 2023 (9:30 pm)

    Wow. 10,000 pounds of debris. 

    • CheeseWS777 December 8, 2023 (10:45 am)

      Yep, its probably because they decided to stop giving a *+#! About the same time the rest of society stoped caring about them. Idk about this encampment but this applies to most: if there is no place to throw away their trash (i.e. in a dumpster) then the garbage wont travel very far if at all

  • shed22 December 8, 2023 (2:42 pm)

    I hope everyone who thinks cleaning up hazardous conditions (for all) are willing to invite these unfortunate souls into their homes. If you have a problem with the current state, change it, and welcome the homeless into your spare bedroom or backyard. If you are in a 1 bedroom apartment, I am sure they would appreciate the couch. It is not wrong for all of us to feel safe in our neighborhood. 

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