Seattle, like most large U.S. cities, has a problem with the homeless. More and more of these homeless are living in mostly derelict RVs on city streets. This crisis has unfortunately turned a Jewish cemetery on the north side of the city into a battleground that groundskeepers struggle with every day to clean up the trash from a fleet of RVs parked nearby.
The historic Bikur Cholim cemetery 8 miles north of downtown Seattle has burial sites dating back to the 1800s, but in the past two years a small problem has “exploded” into a costly cleanup, according to Ari Hoffman, a board member of the Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Synagogue.
In the past two years, Hoffman said groundskeepers have found needles, drug paraphernalia, used condoms and human feces.
That even includes catching people having sex on the flat tombstones inside the cemetery, according to Hoffman. Besides the trash and associated cleanup costs, groundskeepers have been assaulted and some campers even tapped into the cemetery’s electrical power.
A count by a homeless advocacy group in January revealed that there are nearly the same amount of people living out of their vehicles that were living on the streets in King County – up 46 percent from 2017.
“As long as the RVs are there, we’re having problems,” Hoffman told Fox News.