Beacon Hill RV encampment moves one block down after 3 years

For about three years, some Beacon Hill residents have been dealing with an RV site in their neighborhood. In one case, just meters from someone’s home.

SEATTLE — A recreational vehicle (RV) camp in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood that’s been there for years and is just yards from a man’s home has finally been relocated.

“Now I can actually have access so I can get into the back corner of my house and clean up there,” said Gerald Gutierrez of Beacon Hill.

It’s an area Gutierrez hasn’t seen in years.

“I don’t have a rat infestation, there are no flies out there, I don’t have to worry about bleaching that side of the house every week,” Gutierrez said.

Seattle city officials said they don’t have an exact figure for people living in RVs or other vehicles in the city. But as of June 30, the city’s snapshot found more than 400 RV sites.

An RV park owned by a man and his two teenagers has been moved downtown after numerous calls and emails.

“When we moved here almost six months ago, my wife said I don’t know if I feel safe. It’s definitely a little safer now,” says Gutierrez.

Six weeks ago, KING 5 reported on Gutierrez and his efforts to get the city to act. Now only a shed and a van remain.

Gutierrez said the only thing he was worried about was whether the litter and safety concerns would continue to surface on the streets.

The man and his vehicles were towed less than a block away. Outside Jonathan Gibson’s house.

“I thought it would translate into positive net income. What happened just didn’t pan out that way,” Gibson said.

Gibson said he was concerned about garbage accumulation and safety.

“If it weren’t for the constant trouble, if the cops weren’t always here, if the ambulances weren’t always here, it probably wouldn’t be a problem,” Gibson said.

Gibson said he’s willing to fix problems and find solutions, but they have to actually want to listen.

A fire truck and ambulance arrived and took away a teenager while KING 5 spoke to the man in the RV. The man declined an on-camera interview and declined to be named, but said secure accommodation in Section 8 was hard to come by. He said he is working with social workers and trying to find a permanent home.

The city told KING 5 that their HOPE team plans to offer accommodation and services this week.

“It’s still a win-win for everyone in the community,” Gutierrez said.

It was a winning situation that came about after months of unanswered emails and phone calls.

“Last time we had this interview, Tammy Morales was the first person to say she would come forward and do something about it, but I haven’t heard from her,” Gutierrez said.

It’s been exactly six weeks since KING 5 requested an interview with Council Member Tammy Morales. KING 5 requested another three weeks ago and on Thursday. Each time we were told that she was unavailable for an on-camera interview.

“What’s the point of speaking out and saying you’re going to do something if we don’t hear from you or it’s going to be impossible to reach you?” It’s like you really are my district representative?” Gutiérrez said.

Residents are now wondering if the 72-hour rule will apply or if they will wait years for help.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/homeless/beacon-hill-rv-encampment-moves/281-734595c9-90d3-42ec-9795-9fde48c48530 Beacon Hill RV encampment moves one block down after 3 years

Alley Einstein

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