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North Spokane homeowners worried about homeless people

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The city says they've gotten complaints about the RV and other vehicles parked for long stretches. The city says they've gotten complaints about the RV and other vehicles parked for long stretches.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A concerned business owner reached out to KHQ with pictures from the North side of Spokane. Homeowners there are worried North Spokane is the new base for homelessness. This comes the same week as our story on an encampment that popped up outside the old Macy's building in downtown Spokane. That story is what prompted the homeowners up north to contact KHQ.

"This van has probably been here over a week every day and night. It comes and goes and it always returns," said Dan Horwath who works at Ziggy's. He's not sure what's going on with an RV that's been in the area but, "We've seen an increase in panhandling," said Horwath.

KHQ went to go find out who lived in the RV. The people in the RV say they aren't homeless and are planning to leave soon. But the city says they've gotten complaints about the RV and other vehicles parked for long stretches. They've asked homeless services to step in and help.

As for the mysterious tent? "That tent is something that surprises me," said Horwath.

It's the first Horwath saw it and he hopes he won't see it again.  The city says they have been made aware of the tent and they say they are keeping a close eye in the area, to see if they can try to make contact with those people if they ever see the tent again.

According to the city of Spokane, the number of homeless people in the city has actually gone down. In an annual one-night count this past January, 981 homeless people were counted in the city, ranging in ages from two to 78 years old. In 2015, that number was over a thousand. The city says more than half those people were staying in emergency shelters.

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