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A 'last resort' tool for those who refuse help


Last updated 4/21/2022 at 9:26am

In 2021, an in-depth look at the difficult issue of homelessness was conducted in Edmonds. I was pleased to serve on this mayor-initiated task force.

Most of the actions and remedies recommended focused on the underlying causes of homelessness, on homelessness prevention, and on human services to help those in crisis.

In addition, the task force recommended a "last resort" tool for the rare cases when those experiencing homelessness are refusing help and additionally refuse to move on from a public space.

I support the addition of this "last resort" tool, and as council president have put...

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Reader Comments(1)

Deborah Arthur writes:

Good job Vivian Olsen. I am proud of you for taking this on. I am for exactly what you are doing and in the long run I hope it helps those we take to rehab and make them stay as we try with our hearts full of love and concern for them and our citizens to make them better and give them a better world too. Way to be to our City Council President and all those who support her and all of our council who want to help. I think they are many. Its ok to admit when bad judgement was used. IT really is better than not admitting and digging deeper into hate. Love To All.


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