– From Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody’s Facebook post
“I submitted official language for a Homeless Task Force to be addressed at the 9/11 city council meeting [this issue postponed to September 25]. Note that this will be a FIRST READING. No action to take place. Citizens are welcome and encouraged to come and speak for or against this bill [Yelm Council session on September 25].”
Click here for the Draft of the City of Yelm Homeless Taskforce Resolution.
– This Los Angeles Times op-ed published in The Olympian is instructive.
“Attention Western U.S.: You finally have to stop punishing homeless people for being homeless”
By The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
“The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on public property when they have no access to shelter amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. The decision, which will protect the homeless across the entire Western United States, affirms a principle that should be obvious: that there’s no point — and no moral justification — for telling people they can’t sleep on a sidewalk if they have nowhere else to go.”
Click here to read the entire piece.
– “For 40,000 homeless students, it’s back-to-school season in Washington”
By Neal Morton and Scott Greenstone, Seattle Times staff reporters.