Emails detail stricter enforcement of Vancouver camping ordinance

first_imgVancouver police and other city officials ramped up efforts this fall to clear out homeless encampments on the streets surrounding Share House, the men’s homeless shelter downtown.The area has been a source of ongoing complaints since before ordinances outlawing camping and storage of personal property were put into place more than three years ago. In the past, the blocks have amassed dozens of tents. Earlier this week, the streets around the shelter were occupied by only a handful of homeless people and tents, which were partially collapsed during the day. Through a public records request, The Columbian obtained emails sent between Sept. 12 and Dec. 12 detailing the stepped-up cleanup and enforcement efforts. The emails indicate that the Vancouver Police Department, particularly through its resurrected bicycle officer unit, was trying to more thoroughly enforce the ordinances, which prohibit camping and the storing of property between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Besides Share House, the emails mention cleanups along the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway and Pearson Field.last_img read more