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Lacey Encampments


The Department of Enterprise Services has been coordinating with the City of Lacey, Community Action Council, Department of Ecology and other stakeholders to address concerns about encampments on DES-managed property near Desmond Drive and Martin Way. The actions align with guidance from the Attorney General's Office regarding addressing encampments during the pandemic and the Governor's short-term eviction moratorium.

There will not be a "sweep" to remove people from occupied sites. However, additional occupation in the area is not allowed.

Ongoing actions:

  • The Community Action Council continues to engage people in existing encampments.

  • Lacey Police Department is monitoring the area and preventing additional campers from moving in.

  • DES is cleaning up campsites as they become abandoned.

  • DES is supplying a large, designated dumpster that is emptied three times a week.

  • DES staff are replacing missing no trespassing signs on an ongoing basis as the need arises. 

  • DES property management is engaging with neighboring property owners and other key stakeholders on a regular basis for information sharing and to discuss proposed actions.

Past actions include:

  • Memorandum of Understanding with City of Lacey March 25, 2021.

  • Baseline survey March 30 to determine how many camp sites there are, and how many are occupied.

  • Clean up abandoned sites May 3-11, while respecting the personal property of persons in the occupied sites.
  • Post "No Trespassing" signs in the area.
  • Clearing trees and brush in the area.

  • Conducting an "in place" cleanup of areas outside of occupied sites.

  • Providing trash bags and dumpsters.