city ​​in Washington state uses fencing to contain growing homeless encampment near courthouse (VIDEO) | The Gateway expert

The Washington state city of Burien, a suburb south of Seattle, has erected a fence to block a growing homeless encampment encroaching on a local courthouse.

The homeless community isn't happy about the fence, but the encampment isn't even legal.

Homelessness is a growing problem in many cities, but the Northwest is experiencing this problem more than other parts of the country.

Breitbart News reports:

VIDEO — 'Clocked in like animals': Washington officials install a fence around the homeless encampment near the courthouse

On Thursday, a fence was erected around a homeless encampment in Burien, Washington, after tents overflowed into a nearby parking lot.

The tents are now surrounded by fencing near the Burien Courthouse parking lot at 6th Avenue SW and SW 149th Street, Fox 13 reported.

A spokesman for the King County Facilities Management Division said the fence was erected to ensure the court's parking lot was available for private purposes.

However, the spokesperson added: “We do not use the fencing to establish or demarcate a tent camping area, or to control the tent camping area on the property.”…

About the fencing, Michael Collins, who has lived at the camp for several months, told Fox 13, “It's like they're locking us in — like maybe we're a danger. It looks a bit like a prison. Locked up like animals.”

Watch this video report:

What should the city do? Allow the camp to simply continue to grow?

It's sad that tent camps have become “normal” in so many American cities.

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