Apparently the problem of the homeless camps at East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue hasn’t completely gone away. A church had cleaned up part of the camps, but community activist Stacy Emerson said they still appear active.
I’ve got an e-mail into the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for reaction.
Part of the letter from Emerson is after the jump:
I’m wondering what’s been done, other than the TPCHD sending letters to the three property owners telling them to clean up their property. Can you look into this? Nothing seems to have changed except for the southern-most parcel was cleaned up on Nov. 10th by Harvard Covenant Church and volunteers. Unfortunately though, as of a few days ago, the huge pile of garbage bags they piled on the middle parcel (along the ditch, near the rear) went from a neat tall pile to a messy, now spread-out pile. Due to it not being disposed of, it’s left to be picked through.
Two weeks ago, on a Wednesday, I called non-emergency about a truck (with camper shell) which had been camping out in Kmart’s lot. Three days later, on Saturday, I called non-emergency again about a motor home camped out in the lot for the third day. The following Tuesday I called Guerrero about a vehicle which had entered the middle parcel, and he mentioned having made an arrest from the Kmart area which resulted in the confiscation of a HUGE amount of heroine and over 1,000 used hypodermic needles (apparently on their way to the needle exchange program). I’ve lost count, but I believe Deputy Guerrero has made more than a dozen arrests in/around the Kmart lot – and most have been on the city side. It’d be interesting to see how many TPD arrest have been made compared to PCSD arrests.