If an encampment is low risk, the Encampment Response Team:
- Works with agency partners to ensure outreach workers can attend the site and directly connect campers to housing and health support.
- Sets a date for closure and clean-up. Campers are informed of the date in advance so they have time to gather their belongings and relocate to a shelter, bridge housing program or other location of their choice.
This process may take a few days or up to a few weeks, based on the risk and available resources.
Note: Closure and clean-up timelines are determined by the level of risk to people staying in the encampment as well as the surrounding community. Risks include the size of the encampment, biohazards, needles, garbage, fire, amount of materials present, propane tanks, and proximity to schools or playgrounds.