The Olympia City Council on Tuesday declared a public health emergency related to homelessness and postponed the eviction of people in one homeless camp on city-owned property for at least a week.
The emergency declaration, which passed unanimously, went into effect immediately and comes a month after a similar declaration by Thurston County.
The city’s declaration does not carry with it extra money or resources to address homelessness.
“What it does is it provides flexibility so that the city can streamline certain government procedures in order to act more quickly in response to homelessness,” said Amy Buckler, the city’s downtown programs manager.
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