City of Burien officials recently told The B-Town Blog that – despite announcing a deal at its July 24 City Council meeting – after subsequent investigation they have ruled out the REBLX facility in Renton as a potential housing solution.
The decision came after an announcement at that council meeting, when Deputy Mayor Kevin Schilling and City Manager Adolfo Bailon said that available housing had been found at the facility in Renton.
REBLX is a King County Regional Homeless Authority-approved shelter provider that operates facilities in Renton and other areas in the region, and had preliminarily offered space for people experiencing homelessness.
But after further investigation into the facility’s viability, the city told us that REBLX is no longer being considered.
“Subsequent investigation into the viability of the REBLX facility has eliminated it from consideration,” Emily Inlow-Hood, Communications and Public Engagement Manager for the City of Burien told The B-Town Blog. “The City of Burien will continue to work with King County and other agencies to seek shelter resources for people living unhoused in Burien.”
As we previously reported, the REBLX facility in Renton provides various types of housing, including rapid rehousing and permanent supportive homes. There were reportedly 116 vacancies at the Renton facility, which would have been more than enough to house the homeless population currently camping in Burien. At the July 24 meeting, Bailon said he was only waiting for confirmation from KCRHA about using available funds for that location, but that communication had been slow.
The City said it will continue to work with King County and other agencies to seek shelter resources for people living unhoused in Burien.
City Manager Bailon also reported that conversations have begun with the Port of Seattle to explore use of their Lora Lake property in the city’s NERA district to site a temporary shelter.
The City added that it remains committed to finding viable alternatives for shelter resources to assist the unhoused population in the area. Collaborative efforts continue with King County and other agencies to explore and implement effective solutions.
Details of any alternative strategies being explored were not immediately available, but city officials are expected to release updates on their findings and plans soon.
- We reached out to the City of Burien and REBLX for further information, but have not yet received a response. If/when we receive any further details on this, we’ll update this post.
- In addition to emailing us this announcement, the City of Burien posted this update on its July 24, 2023 City Council Roundup here, with a screenshot below: