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Our Houseless Community

The grand opening of Mary Place in Burien which is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children, and families.

Burien’s convenient proximity to major economic drivers such as SeaTac Airport and the city of Seattle itself has made our community prime real estate for an ever growing population. Yet, our very attractiveness carries with it the potential for the same fate faced by neighboring districts. This includes soaring real estate prices that lead to unaffordable housing, gentrification and unjustified evictions. The inevitable result is houselessness. In Burien, we have provided a safe refuge for persons left houseless, often through no fault of their own and instead, by a series of system failures. Burien is taking steps steadily, making sure that all it’s community members are cared for with such resources as Mary’s Place on Ambaum to local mutual aid initiatives.

Nevertheless, our campaign, along with a continuing support for the individuals and organizations responding to houseless needs, seeks to prevent houselessness from being experienced in the first place. We must make sure people can obtain housing in Burien and maintain it. That involves stabilizing rent costs and holding developers accountable by requiring affordable housing be part of any new housing project.

It must also provide protections for vulnerable renters and tenants. In 2019, I cast my full support towards the Just Cause Initiatives laid out by the Burien Tenant’s Rights Coalition. The group was created by local ecumenical, housing justice, political leaders, youth organizers, and renters themselves. We were able to get Just Cause passed in Burien thanks to this teamwork . This is the housing policy I pledge to continue supporting. Housing policy must be set by and for the community it affects for the future of all residents.

  • Mary’s Place Burien 
  • Women’s Shelter (At Lake B) 
  • Get Help on the Street. If you’re on the street and you need us to come to you, call our Outreach line: (425) 298-4846 OR 24-HOUR SHELTER HOTLINE: (206) 236-KIDS (5437)
  • New Horizons Ministries. Serve ages 13-25. Shelter services are for persons 18-25 // Provides laundry, showers, food, shelter (206) 374-0866 or (866) 646-5437 // 2709 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98121 // info@nhmin.org
  • Street Youth Ministries (ages 13-26). Office Phone: 206-524-7301, ext. 111 // Located in University District: 4540 15th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105 // Find us on Facebook // Outside of our drop-in hours, there is typically someone present in our office between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Click the link for full list of contacts.

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