South Beacon Hill residents lament location of RV encampment

Seattle began enforcing its 72-hour parking rule in May, but neighbors say it didn’t happen in this case.

SEATTLE – A new home for a new family.

“I mean, this is our family home, right? This has been passed down through our entire family,” said Gerald Gutierrez. He, his wife and their one-year-old son moved into a home in South Beacon Hill in the spring.

“We personally like this quarter, it’s super quiet here. We have the community garden, I work up in Beacon Hill, so it’s all so close,” Gutierrez said.

They wanted to raise their son close to family and this was a perfect opportunity.

“The case itself is comfortable, except for this issue here,” Gutierrez said.

A recreational vehicle (RV), a shed and a few other vehicles are parked to the side of his property line on the city’s driveway.

“Chairs, there’s rotted wood, all this stuff that’s piling up,” said Gutierrez, who has called the exterminator several times for bugs and rats.

Gutierrez said he tried multiple avenues within the city.

“I’ve opened multiple cases with every Find-It-Fix-It app, the Department of Health Sanitation, and nothing happens.”

Through the same channels, Vong Doan has been trying for three years to find a solution

“The cable runs across the street, you can see the messy cable, it looks really dangerous.” Doan was referring to an exposed cable running across the street.

KING 5 reached out to the city, who confirmed they are aware of this camp, going on to say, “Although the city is unable to immediately identify each of the hundreds of documented locations of people living in tents and RVs To address is the Unified Care team will continue to respond with urgency and compassion, working to keep public spaces accessible while helping people move off the streets and into shelters and apartments. The city will continue to work with the regional homelessness agency, which is the independent agency responsible for developing, communicating and implementing an evidence-based homelessness strategy in the city of Seattle.”

Councilor Tammy Morales also partially responded, “We hear the concerns of this family and my office is happy to help. This is an issue that many constituents have emailed us about.”

In May, the city began enforcing its 72-hour parking rule, which prohibits vehicles from being parked on a city street for more than 72 hours. Neighbors told KING 5 that they report the vehicles on a weekly basis.

“I mean, it’s frustrating, you know, it’s like you really can’t do anything else,” Gutierrez said.

At a loss, Gerald does not know what the future will bring.

“Everyone has the right to live somewhere, but not against someone’s house, and it sucks because it’s private property, but once you get over that fence, it’s no different.”

KING 5 turned to the man in the RV who drove past Henry. He told KING 5 he would make a statement, but he didn’t send one. South Beacon Hill residents lament location of RV encampment

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