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Olympia launches program to stop unauthorized camps

August 3, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The western Washington city of Olympia has launched a pilot program targeting unsanctioned campsites on city property.

City officials tell The Olympian in a story on Saturday that the Rapid Response Team is the city’s latest response to homelessness.

City spokeswoman Kellie Purce Braseth says the goal is to avoid having massive and costly cleanups from unauthorized camps that become large.

The city this week assigned two workers to clean up small camps throughout the city and monitor previously cleared sites.

Officials say that once a site gets cleaned up, it usually stays clean.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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