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As weather warms up, City tasked with cleaning up more homeless camps in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

No more than a hop, skip and a jump from the train tracks across from Browne’s Addition, there's a surplus of stuff scattered along a chain-link fence.

It's hard to say if someone still lives here, but the damp piece of cardboard with a scribbled message of hardship that rests on an old mattress gives a sign that it’s a homeless camp.

“The goal is to get people into services,” said City Spokesman, Brian Coddington. “The goal is to get them out of the environment from unsafe conditions into something that's much more safe that meets the individual needs of their situation.”

Coddington says as the weather gets nicer, more homeless camps start to show up across the city.

While city workers definitely make it a priority to clean them up as soon as possible, connecting with whoever calls the camps home is their number one goal.

“Sometimes that's all it takes,” said Coddington. “To know where you're going to sleep tomorrow night, where you're heads going to be tomorrow night and to be able to get to treating the underlying issues here.”

Coddington says one of the ways they're doing that is by striving to put people into safe, stable, and permanent housing as fast as possible.

“Regardless of your situation lets get you stabilized with your housing before we look at any of the underlying issues,” said Coddington.

The city will continue to clean up homeless camps as long as they're reported.

You can do that by calling 311 or visiting this web site.

The City of Spokane actively coordinates timely responses to homeless activity across the city. Through a coordinated effort between the Office of Neighborhood Services & Code Enforcement, the Spokane Parks Department, Spokane Police Department, the City of Spokane Litter Crew, Spokane Streets Department and community agencies like SNAP, Catholic Charities and Frontier Behavioral Health.

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