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Here’s what Wenatchee spent on homelessness in 2021

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Everardo Campoz, left, stacks his belongings on top of a mattress in February 2021 after Wenatchee Police officers told him he couldn't pitch his tent at Locomotive Park. The city spent an estimated $48,145 in out of pocket expenses like staff time and vehicle towing in response to homelessness last year. 

WENATCHEE — Homelessness comes with a price tag in Wenatchee — a $48,145 one to be exact.

City staff estimated the city spent that much in staff time, legal expenses, vehicle towing, equipment operation and landfill costs during 2021.

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A Wenatchee Public Works employee tosses a box into one of two dump trucks loaded with the belongings of Juan Zabala, who is experiencing homelessness, in July 2021. The city estimated that Public Works and Parks crews spent 844 hours cleaning and removing vandalism and garbage relating to homelessness.

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Juan Zabala clears off the top of his van with the rest of his stuff stacked along Thurston Street in July 2021. 



Sydnee Gonzalez: (509) 661-5216

gonzalez@wenatcheeworld.com or

on Twitter @sydnee_gonzalez

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