homelessness Section

Highline High’s Key Club thanks community for Homelessness Care Project

Highline High’s Key Club thanks community for Homelessness Care Project

From our friends at Highline High School: Hello Burien and beyond! Two months ago, Highline High School Key Club held their second annual Homelessness Care Project; and it was a huge success! Over the... [Read more]

New Burien City Council wants more, better review of homelessness

New Burien City Council wants more, better review of homelessness

By Jack Mayne After electing Jimmy Matta its new Mayor, and Councilmember Austin Bell as Deputy Mayor, the newly-elected Burien City Council turned to a potential repeal of a homeless tresspass ordiance,... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help count homeless on Friday, Jan. 26

Volunteers needed to help count homeless on Friday, Jan. 26

Volunteers are needed for ‘Count Us In 2018,’ the annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness which will be held on Friday, Jan. 26. Volunteers will be asked to work in teams... [Read more]

Faith in Action: Flight Path Home offers Safe Sober house for Women in transition

Faith in Action: Flight Path Home offers Safe Sober house for Women in transition

After months of planning and preparation, a Burien church has recently opened a “sober” house aimed at addressing a critical need for transitional housing for women in our area. Imagine a woman... [Read more]

Discuss Black Lives Matter, homelessness & more on Thursday, Dec. 14

Discuss Black Lives Matter, homelessness & more on Thursday, Dec. 14

On Thursday, Dec, 14, join a discussion about Black Lives Matter, the struggles the homeless face and how to help improve the lives of homeless individuals in Burien with Renton’s Outstanding Citizen... [Read more]

28 gather to discuss homelessness at Burien Library Wednesday night

28 gather to discuss homelessness at Burien Library Wednesday night

By Maureen Hoffmann Special to The B-Town Blog Twenty eight people (including 5 children) gathered at the Burien Library/City Hall meeting room to hear stories about homelessness, and to discuss approaches... [Read more]

Highline High School’s Key Club holding Homeless Necessities Drive

Highline High School’s Key Club holding Homeless Necessities Drive

Highline High School’s Key Club is back at it with their second annual Homelessness Necessities Drive, which will run until Dec. 14. In an effort to reach out and support the local homeless in... [Read more]

Hear stories and experiences of homelessness at Burien Library Nov. 29

Hear stories and experiences of homelessness at Burien Library Nov. 29

Hear stories and experiences of Homelessness at the Burien Library on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. “Engage with and learn from Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau, a... [Read more]

Homelessness on agenda for tonight’s Burien City Council Study Session

Homelessness on agenda for tonight’s Burien City Council Study Session

Homelessness – aka “Housing Instability” – is on the agenda for Monday night’s Study Session of the Burien City Council, which gets underway at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at... [Read more]

‘I’m Homeless because…’

‘I’m Homeless because…’

By James Adam Lamb Special to South King Media I’m homeless because I blew my credit. I don’t have any money, and I can’t seem to keep a job. My first week at University in 1983 I was... [Read more]

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

By Jack Mayne Homeless or near homeless from Burien and beyond urged for passionate concern and support while other, just as passionate citizens, sought relief from crime and the leftovers of drug addiction... [Read more]

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

At the upcoming Burien City Council meeting – set for this coming Monday, March 20 – solutions to homelessness – including the potential of establishing a local Day Center – along with NERA, replacing... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

LETTER: Reader thinks $$ for CARES should have gone to homeless shelter

[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:] The Burien City Council C.A.R.E.S Vote: On... [Read more]

Transform Burien helps local homeless by providing free laundry services

Transform Burien helps local homeless by providing free laundry services

Local non-profit Transform Burien – with financial assistance from the City of Burien – is helping local homeless folks by providing free weekly laundry services every Wednesday afternoon. Organizers... [Read more]

SAVE THE DATE: Hospitality House’s Spring Dinner & Fundraiser will be Mar. 5

SAVE THE DATE: Hospitality House’s Spring Dinner & Fundraiser will be Mar. 5

SAVE THE DATE: Hospitality House’s annual ‘Spring Fling’ Dinner & Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 5, at St. Francis of Assisi’s Unity Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. “Join... [Read more]

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

Budget update approved by Council over objection that homeless are ‘overlooked’

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council approved changes midway into its two-year financial plan and budget over the objections of Lauren Berkowitz Monday night. At the Dec. 7 Burien Council meeting, councilmembers... [Read more]

Rental units urgently needed to end Veterans’ homelessness in King County

Rental units urgently needed to end Veterans’ homelessness in King County

Over the last several months, a variety of local agencies – including the King County Housing Authority (KCHA), the U.S. Veterans Administration, nonprofits serving veterans in their families in Seattle/King... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Homeless issue in Burien can be solved using a two prong approach’

LETTER: ‘Homeless issue in Burien can be solved using a two prong approach’

[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:] Dear Editor, I believe the homeless issue... [Read more]

Goodwill training helps needy Burien residents get, keep jobs, Council told

Goodwill training helps needy Burien residents get, keep jobs, Council told

by Jack Mayne Training people in need to get and keep a job is a major focus of the Burien office for Seattle Goodwill and its work is constrained only by the size of its local facility, the Burien City... [Read more]

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]

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]