WSDOT clearing out excess trash to set up fences around Camp Hope

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Transportation is at Camp Hope, clearing out trash to make room for fences to put around the camp.

Excavators are on site, clearing out piles of pallets and other fire hazards in the area.

“The camp is slowly getting cleaned up,” said Maurice Smith, Camp Hope Manager. “We want people to be safe. We want our campers to be safe. We also want the community to be safe.”

Camp managers say the new fencing should make the area safer. It also means a curfew is starting, and people living there will have rules.

If people living at the camp don’t like the new changes, they will be asked to leave.

“This is no longer the wild west of homeless services which homeless camps tend to be,” Smith said.

This is the first step to secure the site so outreach providers can move people out and into housing.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he plans for Camp Hope to be cleared out by mid-November.

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