The homeless and housing insecure populations of Olympia often face overlapping layers of hardship. Lack of stable housing has been related to an increase in substance abuse, aggravation of mental health issues, criminal victimization, and an inability to maintain familial and community connections.
Many faith traditions and people of conscience have acknowledged the importance of compassion for the most downtrodden among us. For this reason, the Board of Directors of Interfaith Works is committed to everyone having access to safe and secure housing.
We urge the Olympia City Council to place the Home Fund measure on this year’s ballot, and for voters to support its passage. Revenue from this fund will go to housing Olympia’s most vulnerable populations, thus relieving pressure on emergency services, while providing security and dignity for those most in need.
Board President Interfaith Works