The City of Aberdeen is taking further action to close the River Street property in a measured and respectful manner. City staff have begun cleanup of the River Street property and the Aberdeen Police Department provided trespassing notices to those individuals remaining on the property as of July 19th. The City intends to begin legal action against those unlawfully remaining on the property on Monday July 22nd. The City will continue the clean-up over the next week and would like to remind the public that the property is closed to public access.
While complying with federal court restrictions, the City is monitoring potential areas vulnerable to unsanctioned encampments that may arise with the closure of the River Street property. Code and law enforcement personnel are working with property owners to address any encampments and public health and safety related concerns on private property.
The City has opened a temporary alternative shelter location behind City Hall. This location offers an alternative to public spaces and provides a safe place to sleep and store some personal possessions. The location contains 43 sites, each with a tent, with each person provided a sleeping bag which remains at the facility. Upon entering the facility, individuals and visitors are required to check-in. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis, until the site is at capacity. City Staff are on-site between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm to check individuals in and to provide minor security; security staff are on site between 4:30pm and 8:30am. The site is closed to entry and quiet hours are enforced between 10pm and 6 am.
All individuals sheltering at the facility are required to sign a “Rules of Conduct” form. These rules were put in place for the safety of those individuals who are staying, and for the surrounding residents, business and community. A copy of the rules can be found on the City of Aberdeen’s website at www.aberdeenwa.gov.
At this time, we ask that individuals and community groups/non-profits please refrain from making donations of items to the site. There are several organizations already in the community that accept donated items. The City of Aberdeen has provided each one of the residents with a list of places to go for hot meals, clothing banks, personal hygiene items, housing support, metal health support, etc. For a complete list of those organizations who accept donations, please refer to the www.aberdeenwa.gov.