Halfway House Issue in Olympia

***This post was submitted by Julie Door, the hard working citizen of District 3 who has spearheaded the effort to stop dangerous housing projects from entering our city.***

SB5105 passed the Senate 49-0 through some amazing efforts by Senators Bruce Dammeier, Mike Carrell, Jeanie Darneielle and Nick Harper! Some of the key points of this bill (as obtained from Puyallup’s Deputy Attorney Steve Kirkelie) are:

•It provides additional… guidelines and restrictions on when Department of Corrections (DOC) can issue the rental vouchers rather than continuing to give DOC unfettered control over issuance of vouchers.

•It requires that when DOC is selecting housing providers who will receive vouchers, DOC shall consider the compatibility of the location of where a sex offender will live with the surrounding neighborhood and underlying zoning.

•DOC shall limit the concentration of housing providers for sex offenders in individual neighborhoods.

•When a housing provider desires to provide sex offender housing in the City, DOC must notify the Police Chief of such housing.

•The City will have the right to inspect the sex offender housing to ensure compliance with fire and building codes.

•If a housing provider attempts to locate sex offender housing in the City and such location does not comply with the City’s zoning or development code, the City can request that DOC no longer provider vouchers to the housing provider.

I encourage everyone to write to our legislative representatives regardless of what city they live in. This is not a Puyallup issue, this is a STATE ISSUE. I also encourage people to forward these links to their email contacts. For people outside of the 25th District, they can look up email addresses and their representatives at http://www.leg.wa.gov .

Below are links to a form letter that can be sent to our House of Representatives. If people live in Puyallup, click on the second link with PUYALLUP in the link. Representative Dawn Morrell’s email address is dawn.morrell@leg.wa.gov and Representative Hans Zeiger’s email address is hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov .




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