We have received a lot of calls about homeless camps across the city but particularly near 30th Street and Goose Creek. The police department continues to enforce the city’s camping ordinance, including the area near 30th Street and Goose Creek. In the past 30 days our officers have issued over 100 tickets for camping at locations throughout the city, including the Goose Creek area. This is not an easy problem to solve and enforcement alone will not solve the homelessness problem faced by our community and throughout the nation.
We also work closely with the Parks Department and Public Works Department to clean up camp sites. However, as quickly as they are cleared out and cleaned, they are re-occupied. We support the strategy of getting people out of homelessness and our Homeless Outreach Team (fully staffed as of next Monday) works with other service agencies to accomplish that. The city’s Homelessness Services Dashboard provides a lot of information on this initiative.
Since October, 2017, 333 clients have been housed, yet the homeless problem persists. Many of those experiencing homelessness are willing to accept services and work toward housing, but many others are resistant to services, often due to their struggles with addiction. We will continue both our enforcement efforts and working with other departments and partners to move homeless into housing.