Protect services that prevent and end homelessness | Letter

Every one has a right to have their basic needs met and it is our responsibility to make it happen. Please support HB 1570, Washington Housing Opportunities Act by calling and writing to your state legislative representatives.

The state legislature needs to eliminate the sunset on the fees paid to file real estate related documents which provides Washington’s most important source of funding to combat homelessness. The fees fund domestic violence shelters, youth shelters, outreach services, short and long-term rental assistance, permanent supportive housing services and more.

In addition, be aware that Washington State law RCW 36.01.290 makes it possible for religious organizations to host temporary encampments with much needed support services for the homeless on property owned by the religious organizations. The intention is to encourage our local governments and religious organizations to work together on providing solutions for the homeless.

Write a support letter to our city council on their efforts to provide a permanent shelter for the men and affordable housing options.

In summary, our “future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” for a more loving and compassionate community to take care of us as mensches.

Farida Hakim

Bellevue

More in Letters to the Editor

Bellevue’s energy dilemma | Letter

The city of Bellevue is facing a major decision within the next… Continue reading

Region deserves better than 3-county albatross | Letter

Regarding Bill Hirt’s letter (Jan. 5) on Sound Transit. Sadly, Sound Transit… Continue reading

The Seattle Sockeyes should replace Seahawks | Letter

Regarding the Reporter’s illustration in the Jan. 5 issue, the “less traveled”… Continue reading

Pedestrians on Bellevue sidewalks should speak up | Letter

My wife and I walk early in the morning almost every day… Continue reading

East Bellevue Community Council votes for continuance | Letter

Thank you, East Bellevue residents for voting for the continuance of the… Continue reading

‘Thanks’ Sens. Murray and Cantwell | Letter

Due to Sens. Patty Murry and Maria Cantwell’s undying support for Obamacare,… Continue reading

Global warming impacts | Letter

10-year-old writes about climate change concerns

Politicians, media won’t switch gears now | Letter

After looking at a dozen or so news sources this morning only… Continue reading

One way to address homeless shelter issue | Letter

All the concerns about the location of the Bellevue homeless shelter ignores… Continue reading

Expect a circus | Letter

Former President George W. Bush recently gave a “spot-on” speech. We haven’t… Continue reading

Comments on education out of touch with reality | Letter

In her column published in the Oct. 13 edition, Liv Finne as… Continue reading