Take Action

You don’t have to be a resident of the Eastside Neighborhood to support our cause. Your voice counts — please help keep the low-barrier shelter (the People’s House) out of residential neighborhoods. 

5 Things You Can Do Right Now

1. Learn more
Read this letter from the Eastside Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. (*Please note that the ENA is a neutral party on this issue, acting to solicit feedback and facilitate conversation; Concerned Eastside Neighbors is not endorsed by the ENA*).

Read about the low-barrier shelter in the news.

2. Sign the petition
Sign our petition against building a low-barrier shelter in or adjacent to Olympia’s Eastside neighborhood.

OR, feeling ambitious? Download the petition and collect signatures! Contact us at concernedeastsideneighborsoly@gmail.com to return the hard copy petition.

3. Write a letter
Write, email or call the following community leaders:

Interfaith Works (Project Supporter)
Daniel Kadden, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1221, Olympia, WA 98507
360-357-7224 / office@interfaith-works.org

Thurston County HOME Consortium (Project Funder)
Gary Aden, Program Manager
412 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia,  WA, 98506
360-867-2532 / adeng@co.thurston.wa.us

Neil McClanahan, Chair / Tumwater City Councilor
555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
nmcclanahan@ci.tumwater.wa.us

Olympia City Council
PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507
360-753-8447 / citycouncil@ci.olympia.wa.us

Mayor Stephen H. Buxbaum: sbuxbaum@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilman Steve Langer: slanger@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilman Nathaniel Jones: njones@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilwoman Karen Rogers: krogers@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilwoman Julie Hankins: jhankins@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilwoman Jeannine Roe: jroe@ci.olympia.wa.us
Councilman Jim Cooper: jcooper@ci.olympia.wa.us

Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Bob Jones, Chair
olympianeighborhoods-steering@googlegroups.com

Thurston County Commissioners
Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502
360-786-5440

Commissioner Cathy Wolf, District 1: wolfec@co.thurston.wa.us
Commissioner Sandra Romero, District 2: romeros@co.thurston.wa.us
Commissioner Karen Valenzuela, District 3: valenzk@co.thurston.wa.us

The Olympian Editorial Board

George Le Masurier, Publisher/Editorial Page Editor
360-357-0206 / glemasurier@theolympian.com

Jerre Redecker, Senior Editor
360-754-5422 / jredecker@theolympian.com

John Dodge, Columnist
360-754-5444 / jdodge@theolympian.com

4. Do Some Research
Using Google or another research engine, find stories about low-barrier shelters in other cities across the US. Are they successful? Where in the community are they located? Do other communities have concerns? Who supports them? When you learn more, share it with your friends, neighbors, the city council, and us.

5. Rally Support
Share this website, our Twitter feedFacebook page and petition with your neighbors and friends across Olympia. Let’s build a base of support together!

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