In a couple days, Advance Environmental will begin to clean the sprawling homeless encampments along Deschutes Parkway as a response to waste accumulation and environmental impacts at the camps on the 10 private properties there.
“We have been working with the property owners for several months to facilitate this clean-up, and I will be happy to see this project move forward,” said Assistant City Manager Keith Stahley in a press release from the city. Olympia has contracted with Advance Environmental for the work.
“The amount of trash and debris that has accumulated is concerning. Working with the county, we hope to create a Scattered Site Support Program that will allow us to maintain this camp and others in a more sanitary condition going forward.”
As The JOLT previously reported, the project focuses on providing on-site support that improves the quality of life for people living in the camp and intensive case management to help move folks out of the camp and into permanent housing.
As it’s currently planned, this new program would put in place specific hygiene requirements at encampments — like portable toilets, handwashing stations and regular trash pickup. It would also help set up camp residents with long-term housing situations.
Under the City’s plan for the large-scale clean-up on Deschutes Parkway this week, Advance Environmental, an Olympia company that cleans up solid waste, encampment debris and biohazard material, will focus on garbage removal to improve health and safety conditions while respecting the personal property of persons camped on the site, reads the city’s press release.