Housing is a human need, and therefore a human right. The steps it will take to ensure some level of affordable housing for everyone may seem daunting, but that can’t stop us from taking those steps. We must look at all opportunities and reconsider our expectations for how a city looks, functions and is organized, to find ways to support getting people into homes they can afford to stay in. With the end of the eviction moratorium on the horizon, this will become an immediate and critical situation. Burien cannot and should not try to stand alone in addressing the housing crisis. Partnerships with other cities in our region, not-for-profits, and state and county agencies will be absolutely necessary to avoid a situation in which homelessness is not simply hidden by moving people around instead of finding housing solutions.

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