FAQs – Homeless Camps

I don’t feel safe going into my neighborhood park. What can I do?

First, you’re not alone. Parks all over Seattle have been affected by criminal behavior, some of which is associated with homeless camps. Camping in Seattle Parks is illegal, and outreach workers from the city are working with Seattle Parks Department staff to do trash mitigation and trash pickup, and to connect homeless with social services. Consider reporting the campsite to the city. (Click on “HOW-TOs” above.)

Is there more crime going on? My home and my neighborhood don’t feel safe any more.

There has been an increase in crime in Ravenna. Car prowls, attempted home break-ins, burglary and theft of tools and household items from yards and alleys, noise disturbances and troubling behavior from mental illness and substance addiction. Please tell the police when there is a crime (see FAQ – Your Safety).

Should I email my City Council Member? They don’t seem to be doing anything about it.

The Mayor and the City Council are working on a plan jointly to address the homelessness problem in Seattle. We recommend you call or email your City Council Member and tell them you want your park protected. Tell them you don’t feel safe, and that you are paying for city services to make sure parks are available and city streets are safe from crime. We also recommend you email the entire City Council and tell them the homeless problem needs to be solved. AND the Mayor’s office. https://www.seattle.gov/council, http://www.seattle.gov/mayor

What can I do in the meantime?

Report any crimes (threatening behavior, noise disturbances, theft and burglary, assaults, open drug use, etc.) by calling 911. Tell the dispatcher “I do not feel safe” when you report the crime, and ask for contact with the police offer so you’ll know what happened. Property crimes – car prowls, package theft, bicycle theft, etc.: please file a crime report online: https://www.seattle.gov/police/need-help/online-reporting

What about needle dumps, trash, abandoned grocery carts, etc.?

Take a look at the “HOW-TOs” in the menu above. Feel free to contact us if more information is needed.

Can you come and talk to my neighborhood group about how to take back our park?

Sure! Click on the “Contact” link above and ask for assistance.

WE CAN DO THIS! Seattle is a better city than this, we can help homeless get assistance, we can take back our parks and neighborhoods! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need more information.