Panhandling is not illegal unless the individual is blocking you or harassing you in some fashion. If you witness or experience aggressive panhandling, call 911 and provide a brief description of the individual and their location.
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If you’re concerned about a person living outside and/or encounter an encampment and want to help, we encourage you to call police dispatch at 425-556-2500 to report the situation. Please don’t approach the site or anyone who might be at the site directly.
The City’s goal is to encourage individuals who are sleeping outside to access services that will help them attain housing. Police work closely with our homeless outreach services to connect individuals to community resources.
Often, it takes time to build trust. Responses vary as interventions are tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Police and outreach services will continue to work to connect people to resources.
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