homeless Section

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

Parks could become too dangerous for kids; homeless funds approved

by Jack Mayne Some Burien parks may become too dangerous for kids to use, the City Council was told Monday night. At the same meeting (Aug. 3), the Council talked a long while but finally appropriated... [Read more]

House fire leaves Burien family homeless; here’s how YOU can help them

House fire leaves Burien family homeless; here’s how YOU can help them

A house fire in Burien on Tuesday (July 28) has left a Burien family homeless, and they’re in need of help. The blaze seriously damaged the interior of a home in the 12900 block of 1st Ave... [Read more]

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Revised Burien trespass ordinance appeal process revealed by city Tuesday

Screengrab of the City of Burien’s Executive Order No. 2015-2, aka the ‘Trespass Warning/Exclusion Notice.’ by Jack Mayne Violators of the newly-passed Burien city ordinance that allows... [Read more]

‘People should stop fearing and blaming the homeless,’ says SU professor

‘People should stop fearing and blaming the homeless,’ says SU professor

by Jack Mayne The editor of a homeless study released last week says the reason people get so angry at the recent increase in homelessness is because “they just don’t like to see it.” Sara Rankin... [Read more]

Controversial ordinances drew Burien into study on criminalizing the homeless

Controversial ordinances drew Burien into study on criminalizing the homeless

by Jack Mayne Burien was added to a Seattle University study of laws affecting the homeless because of the city’s passage of ordinances 606 and 621, the study said upon its release Wednesday (May 6). The... [Read more]

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

Homeless encampments, discarded drug trash causes SeaTac Council dispute

From our sister site The SeaTac Blog: In the south end of North SeaTac Park, near one of the last bogs around – Tub Lake – are several homeless encampments and a tremendous amount of garbage. When... [Read more]

City, Burien Police will work with Auburn Youth Resources for homeless youth

City, Burien Police will work with Auburn Youth Resources for homeless youth

The City of Burien announced this week that the Burien Police Department will soon be working with Auburn Youth Resources (AYR) to help our city’s homeless youth. Even though it is headquartered... [Read more]

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Will this be the long, hot summer of Trespass Law battles in Burien?

Story by Jack Mayne Photos & Video by Michael Brunk Whether you are for or against Burien’s so-called “Trespass Ordinances,” it seems it will become the debate that never ends, with... [Read more]

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

Burien City Council endorses grant request to save Bel-R Greenhouses

The Bel-R Greenhouses are located at 12415 5th Place SW in Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has voted to become a partner in seeking a grant to save and develop the Bel-R Greenhouses in northeast... [Read more]

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

Homelessness issue returns to Burien City Council at Monday night’s meeting

by Jack Mayne Whether a new ordinance criminalizes homelessness or not again returned to the forefront at the latest regular Burien City Council meeting. Four people who said they lived in Seattle and... [Read more]

Hospitality House’s annual Spring Fling fundraiser will be Saturday, March 7

Hospitality House’s annual Spring Fling fundraiser will be Saturday, March 7

Burien’s Hospitality House Shelter for Homeless Women will be celebrating its 15th year with its annual Spring Fling on Saturday, March 7 at St. Francis of Assisi. Food will be provided by Puget Sound... [Read more]

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

It was a noisy and unusual Monday night (Feb. 23), as the Burien’s City Council heard loud arguments and heated discussions over a piece of legislation opponents say makes homelessness a crime in the city…

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Page 1 of a draft of Ordinance 621, a revision of Burien’s controversial “Body Odor” trespass ordinance. A protest against the city’s Ordinance #606 (now #621), which affects homeless... [Read more]

Homelessness Advocacy workshop will be at Boulevard Park Library Saturday

Homelessness Advocacy workshop will be at Boulevard Park Library Saturday

A Homelessness Advocacy workshop will be held at the Boulevard Park Library this Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. Here’s more info: Go Beyond the One Night Count! – Attend our Homelessness... [Read more]

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Majority of Burien Council rejects idea that ‘trespass’ law aimed at homeless

Story by Jack Mayne Photos by Scott Schaefer After four hours of haggling over the wording, the Burien City Council on Monday night (Jan. 5) approved updating a city ordinance that permits police to ban... [Read more]

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

City of Burien responds to ACLU letter on repealing ‘body odor’ Ordinance #606

Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol released the following statement in response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the recently adopted Trespass Ordinance #606 (read our previous... [Read more]

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Burien Council hears citizen concerns about homelessness

Several Burien citizens told City Council members Monday night about their concerns over increased homeless people in the city, partly brought on by problems around Annex Park a few weeks ago…

Burien Police arrest man with warrant at Annex Park, find drugs, stolen mail

Burien Police arrest man with warrant at Annex Park, find drugs, stolen mail

The Burien Police Department announced on their Facebook page Thursday (Sept. 4) that they’ve made another arrest at the Annex Park, where homeless people have been encamped for months…

City issues statement about homeless problem in Burien’s Annex Park

City issues statement about homeless problem in Burien’s Annex Park

The City of Burien on Thursday (Aug. 21) issued a statement about an ongoing homeless problem in Annex Park, which is located at SW 146th and 4th Ave SW…

LETTER: ‘I wanted to know if you were aware of the homeless problem in Burien’

LETTER: ‘I wanted to know if you were aware of the homeless problem in Burien’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Hello to the editor. I wanted to know... [Read more]

‘Walk for the Women’ to benefit Hospitality House on Saturday, Sept. 28

‘Walk for the Women’ to benefit Hospitality House on Saturday, Sept. 28

Join Hospitality House at its annual ‘Walk for the Women’ fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 10 a.m. in Burien Town Square. This event will benefit this local non-profit, which... [Read more]

Hospitality House’s Annual ‘Spring Fling’ is Saturday, March 2 at Highline College

Hospitality House’s Annual ‘Spring Fling’ is Saturday, March 2 at Highline College

Burien’s Hospitality House will be holding their annual Spring Fling fundraiser at Highline Community College’s Student Union on Saturday night, March 2. This is an annual dinner to benefit... [Read more]

Donate Warm Clothing at Burien Library to Help Homeless Youth in Area

Donate Warm Clothing at Burien Library to Help Homeless Youth in Area

BLAB volunteers dressed up as library mascots Dewey and Sketch. The Burien Library Advisory Board (BLAB) is hosting a warm clothing drive to benefit homeless youth in the area, beginning Monday, Dec. 3... [Read more]

Hospitality House’s ‘Walk for the Women’ Fundraiser will be Saturday, Sept. 29

Hospitality House’s ‘Walk for the Women’ Fundraiser will be Saturday, Sept. 29

Hospitality House’s 11th Annual ‘Walk for the Women’ fundraiser walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 29. “Have fun, win prizes and do good,” reads an announcement. “The... [Read more]

St. Francis 6th Graders Write To, Interact With Burien City Councilmembers

St. Francis 6th Graders Write To, Interact With Burien City Councilmembers

Michael Stein-Ross, Burien Councilmembers Lucy Krakowiak and Bob Edgar, and his 6th grade class. by Michael Stein-Ross Following the November elections, a number of my sixth grade students at St. Francis... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A ‘Shout Out’ Of Praise For Burien Bark

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A ‘Shout Out’ Of Praise For Burien Bark

I don’t know how to post this, so hope you can help me. I would like to give a ‘shout out’ of praise to Burien Bark.  Today I visited Nickelsville (our local homeless camp) with some... [Read more]

Resident Wants City To Control Panhandlers, Trash On Off-Ramps

Resident Wants City To Control Panhandlers, Trash On Off-Ramps

by Jack Mayne Trash on Southwest 128th Street ramps to and from the 509 and the questionable panhandler types who leave it has caused nearby resident Mark Zink to get out his broom and rake, but now he... [Read more]

Hospitality House Receives $1,000 Grant From Burien Windermere Office

Hospitality House Receives $1,000 Grant From Burien Windermere Office

The Burien office of Windermere Real Estate has given a $1,000 grant to Hospitality House, a non-profit homeless shelter for women located in Burien. Hospitality House has been open every night since 2000,... [Read more]