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Op-Ed by Bill Barnsdale, Junior Warden at St. Dunstan’s

Dear Shoreline City Council,

Camp at St Dunstan'sBottom Line Up Front: Please do not adopt the Planning Commission’s amendments regarding the local encampment ordinance as to be submitted on or about January 30th. They will make Shoreline an unwelcoming place for transitional encampments and for the people experiencing homelessness ingeneral.

I am writing on behalf of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church to ask that the Council revise the proposed amendments to the Shoreline zoning code regarding transitional encampments (Temp Use Permits) before they are adopted by the City Council.

St Dunstan’s Church has hosted three camps since 2011, and provides direct support for up to five homeless camps in the Region each week since 2012. We happen to work closely with Greater Seattle Cares.

We are very concerned about the welfare of those Shoreline residents who find themselves homeless.

We were delighted to see the Council’s Resolution 379, directing the Planning Commission to review the zoning laws to lower barriers for the homeless. That’s exactly as it should be.

Unfortunately,  the language / amendments as submitted by the Planning Commission to you do not reflect the spirit of your directive.

Click here to read the rest of Bill’s letter in the Shoreline Area News.

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