As predicted, like a flock of pigeons, advocates for servicing the homeless anxiously spoke before the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night encouraging them to pass a $250,000 budget amendment without any plan for a regional homeless fund.
Remember, these people are advocates for servicing the homeless; they are not tasked with ending homelessness. Imagine what would happen to their livelihoods if homelessness didn’t exist anymore.
And in typical Edmonds City Council fashion, after publicly recognizing that Seattle budgets $35 million for the homeless, the Edmonds City Council had to get their 2 cents in (and a few dollars more).
This is not the last we will see of our tax dollars going toward servicing a growing problem; no, this is just the first down payment.
Homelessness in Edmonds is a growing problem spreading from Seattle. Get ready to see garbage, drug paraphernalia, sleeping bags in the alley ways.
So, if you are walking along Edmonds Way or a trail in Yost Park for instance, and spy a dome tent somewhere in an opening, be comforted in knowing that we are building a sanctuary city, diverse in population and that the tent will never reach three stories in height.
And if you should find one of these tents on your parking strip or in your side yard or in your backyard, contact Edmonds Police Department, Non-emergency at 425-775-3000 and a social worker will be contacted to come do a welfare check.
But have plenty of parking available because you may soon see a patrol car, a fire engine (with or without ladder), an aid car followed by a fourth vehicle transporting the social worker. These agencies thrive on servicing not only your needs but the needs of the homeless, which makes it so very convenient to grow the homeless population and live here.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!