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Burien Terminates Contract with Harm Reduction Group

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City of Burien is ending it’s relationship with Evergreen Treatment Services REACH. City Manager Adolfo Bailon says the homeless outreach group has failed to mitigate the encampment disaster in it’s downtown core and businesses continue to suffer.

The funds used by the city to pay for services through this contract are from The American Rescue Plan Act or “ARPA.” Officials say the money will be reallocated to other similar programs helping the homeless, but only after going through an official bidding process.

Burien is now asking for actual results and holding it’s providers accountable. REACH continues to use the controversial “harm reduction” approach and subscribes to the failing “housing first” strategy. It’s clearly not working.

The city is also clearly blaming Cydney Moore’s Burien Community Support Coalition for orchestrating this tent debacle in downtown Burien. As I have reported before, even some of the homeless admit they’re being used as Moore’s protest pawns. They say she advised them to set up near the library after being ejected from the backyard church encampment earlier this year.

Burien Community Support Coalition has really been the epitome of amateur hour. It’s still led by former Burien City Councilmember Cydney Moore, failed Burien Council candidate Daniel Martin, and disgraced former Burien Planning Commissioner Charles Schaefer(wearing glasses and hat.)

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.