Stop Homelessness in Burien

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There are those in Burien that are very unhappy about the homeless situation in Burien. They are unhappy because of all the homeless that are ‘hanging around’ town, they are unhappy because of the homeless behavior, they are unhappy because they feel sorry for the homeless, they are unhappy because of the situations that cause people to be homeless, or they are unhappy because they realize they are not far from being homeless themselves. Regardless of the reason, most people are unhappy about the homelessness situation in Burien.

The truth is many people will do nothing about the homeless situation in Burien but grumble and complain. They have no real
compassion for those facing homelessness and who are homeless. There are others that will take action. This page is for those who want to take action to stop homelessness in Burien. Now here is the truth. There is no way to stop all homelessness.  There is no way to prevent all homelessness. BUT there is a way to STOP SOME PEOPLE FROM BECOMING HOMELESS.

The following is just one way to help stop some people from becoming homeless.

Hallmark Apartments in Burien

The Hallmark Apartments in Burien have been purchased by a developer. The new owner is increasing the rent by 50%. Yes 50%. That comes out to $400-$500 a month increase in rent. The Hallmark Apartments are not Section 8 apartments (they were at one time), but would be considered low income apartments. Imagine a family with a limited income that suddenly has a rent increase of $400. Imagine yourself suddenly having a 50% increase in rent.

The reality is there are some families that are going to be homeless, living in shelters, living in their cars, or couch surfing if they do not get some assistance. (To read about the specifics in regards to this situation, go to:

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Shouldn’t we as Burien residents or Burien businesses do our part to help those living in the Hallmark Apartments that face the greatest potential of being homeless, living in a shelter, or sleeping in their car? We can make the difference between individuals becoming homeless or not. For some of the families they need a few months of financial  help to cover the 50% increase in rent until they get a second job, some need financial help for a few months until they can find a more affordable place to live, others need assistance to cover the move-in cost for a new place (U-haul and deposit fee for a new place).

Pastor Richard Dover of Seattle Open Door Church (SODC) in Burien has made a commitment to work with Hallmark Apartment residents to determine who has the greatest immediate need. SODC has created a fund where individuals can donate to help Hallmark residents from becoming homeless or going into shelters. All funds that are donated will not be given directly to Hallmark residents, but instead will be disbursed to the entities that need to be paid.  (There are no administrative or other fees.  SODC will cover all credit card processing fees. All donations are tax-deductible.) We are asking all Hallmark Apartment residents that receive assistance to pay a portion of the rent increase or the move-in costs for another apartment. This is a hand up, not a hand out.

Imagine 10 families needing $300 in assistance for three months. Imagine 5 families needing $500 for move-in costs for another apartment. The total funds needed would be $11,500. If 115 Burien residents gave $100 each, we would be stopping homelessness in Burien for 15 families.

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Isn’t time that the rhetoric stops and action is actually taken. Isn’t time to stop complaining about the greedy, the injustice, and to take actual action to prevent some families from being homeless. So how about you, what can you give to help stop homelessness in Burien? $10, $25, $100, $900 to sponsor a family for three months?


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