Burien’s anti-camping ordinance is not an answer to homelessness

“By now it should be pretty clear to policymakers that homelessness is a serious regional problem, not limited by ZIP code,” understated the Seattle Times editorial board.

The Burien City Council’s recent decision to ban sleeping overnight within 500 feet of City Hall, schools, parks and libraries, and on sidewalks offers no solutions for homeless folks and is constitutionally questionable.

This is why we need a coordinated, regional response to prevent and end homelessness. This is why the KCRHA was established. Kicking the can down the road helps no one.