Unable to stop homeless RV parking, Olympia, WA takes drastic measure – they issue free permits

Olympia Washington was so sick and tired of a de facto RV homeless encampment that has plagued the town with the filth and accumulation of trash that city officials finally decided to do something about it.

The occupants of the illegally parked motor homes that have resided for years on Ensign road will now receive a city permit that allows them to stay.

“We are changing this zone, and I’m giving out the permits,” Olympia’s Homeless Response Coordinator Kim Kondrat said.

“It’s a fresh start,” she said. “It’s a reset for everyone. We haven’t tried anything like this before.”

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The permit requires that occupants agree to abide by several conditions including limiting materials left outside of the motorhome, not dumping sewage or other materials on the street, and not blocking traffic.

“Aggressive behavior will be an immediate revocation of the permit,” Kondrat said. “But they can always appeal it.”

The city will also be footing the bill to pump the sewage tanks out once a month and will provide porta-potties and dumpsters for the encampment residents use. A huge street cleanup effort is also underway in conjunction with issuing the free permits.

Residents that violate the new rules may have their RV towed but it won’t be impounded if the owners claim it is their only home.

“We are not taking their home, they are just not allowed to park here,” Kondrat told reporters.

Skeptics aren’t convinced that this new tactic will eliminate the problem and many predict it will only enable the homeless population to disregard the new rules as they did the old ones.

Even the residents were disgusted by the state of the area and expressed appreciation for the cleanup effort underway.

“With all this garbage and everything, I can see why the city is disgusted by it, I’m disgusted by it,” permit recipient Joshua said.  “[I] don’t really want to be around here, but this is where I’ve ended up.”

“I’ve been homeless out here in Olympia for 15 years now,” another newly permitted resident Wayne said. “I really appreciate all that Olympia is doing for us.”

But many felt that the resident’s gratitude was misplaced and that the new policy may attract more homeless to the area.

Only time will tell if one person’s prediction that suggests by 2024, the motor home dwellers will be pushed into the rural areas to destroy the rural communities as well.

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