Olympia officials announced on Wednesday that it will conduct a clean-up on the vehicle encampment along Ensign Road next Monday, July 12.
The clean-up is a part of the city’s program which aims to remove trash, promote hygiene, and encourage residents living in homeless camps to move into permanent housing. A similar but less extensive project cleaned up the Deschutes Parkway encampments on April 7.
For Ensign Road, the clean-up includes removing debris and wastes that have built-up over the years. The city plans to remove abandoned vehicles, clear the sidewalks as well as the bike lanes, and improve access to sanitation in the area.
The clean-up is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Later that day city staff will determine whether they will need to extend the clean-up until July 13. The project is led by the City’s housing and homelessness programs, with the support of the Olympia Police Department (OPD), the Crisis Response Unit (CRU), Public Works Department, Parking Services, Code Enforcement, and the Clean Team.
Currently, there are around 50 vehicles parked on Ensign Road, with the majority of the vehicles serving as shelters for the homeless. The city will also refer individuals who are living in the camping shelters for permanent supportive housing.
The move is also in line with the city’s plan to launch its Scattered Site Program on July 15. In partnership with Thurston County Regional Housing Council (RHC), the city will launch its pilot program for scattered-site safe parking which will run for one year.