I would like to add my voice to the conclusion of the Seattle Women’s Commission that a preventable cause of homelessness lies in eviction policies that do not support the vulnerable people in our city who have little reserve when a job or families’ health becomes unstable [“Change eviction policies to help renters weather personal storms”].
As a community health nurse who has served homeless families for 17 years, I have witnessed social factors and poor health that rapidly condemn families to homelessness. A common denominator is the inability to cover the next month’s rent and often to access legal services.
I have witnessed eviction happen disproportionately to people of color. Unfortunately, there is little efficient access to timely legal services, and the cards of the eviction process are stacked against these families. It is time to change the arbitrary eviction process and Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, bills seek to do just that.
I spend my days putting Band-Aids on the devastated families who find themselves evicted due to an inability to cover a month’s rent. The downstream results both in economic costs and human suffering are unsustainable and immoral. This practical legislative remedy can dramatically reduce homelessness.
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Bernie Creaven, Seattle