Bring back services for unhoused people in Seattle
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To our neighbors:
As of January 1st 2018 the vast majority of homeless service organizations in Seattle have decided to "re-structure" their programs to account for funding cuts. In the re-structuring of some programs, many unhoused people lost access to safe places to rest during the day and a way to maintain good hygiene (showers and laundry). It is also anticipated to increase the already present and anti-productive day-to-day criminalization of unhoused people. We all know that the City of Seattle and many of these non-profit programs possess the means to provide much needed services for the unhoused population. We are asking you to sign our petition to show your support for continuing to provide much needed aid to all those in need.
We the undersigned are petitioning the Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, who has executive power to make immediate changes that will save lives, during a homelessness state of emergency. We ask for the following:
1. Fund day centers now, and reorganize the 2019 RFP (Request For Proposals) to include incentives for continued day center services.
2. Open City properties as day centers, including City Hall, community centers, or any of the hundreds of empty buildings owned by the City of Seattle.
3. Increase mobile services such as showers, laundry, and medical to people who are living without shelter.
4. Mobilize King County public health response plans
We the undersigned are petitioning Director of Seattle's Human Services Department, Catherine Lester, Director of Finance and Administrative Services, Fred Podesta, [and anyone else relevant who we may have left out], to reflect on these changes, take our lives into consideration, and revisit the Homeless Investments RFP that is causing service providers to cut services that aren't directly geared toward housing placement statistics. By funding day centers you are helping people by giving them a place to rest, bathe, do laundry, learn about and access other services, and prepare for the next day. Day centers are invaluable for people who are employed and/or able to find housing without additional assistance.
We the undersigned are petitioning the following councilmembers; Lisa Herbold, Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, Teresa Mosqueda, and Lorena González, to better represent ALL of the people living in Seattle and remind them that their decisions on houselessness can easily be a matter of life or death. We recognize that they don't have much direct control of the immediate need for more houseless services, but we would like to take the opportunity to inform them that our councilmembers are supposed to be helping make our community stronger, and that they have a moral obligation to exhaust every bit of their influence on all avenues to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.
We the undersigned are also petitioning Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, and Dow Constantine, King County Executive, to hold City of Seattle government officials and employees accountable and remind them that houseless people are still people, and that without shelter, people die.
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