The City of Burien is making headlines with its recent order for a local church to comply with city municipal code or potentially face legal action. In a letter dated November 15, the city sent a notice to Oasis Home Church, demanding that they apply for a temporary use permit and request a waiver to continue operating a homeless encampment in their parking lot.
The encampment, known as Sunnydale Village, opened at Oasis Home Church on November 6 with the support of the Burien Community Support Coalition. However, the city argues that the church is in violation of local regulations and must seek the necessary permits to continue providing shelter for the homeless.
While the church awaits a resolution, they are reaching out to the community for support. Cydney Moore, president of the Burien Community Support Coalition, encourages individuals to donate through Sunnydale Village’s website and Amazon wishlist. The donations can help provide basic necessities such as meals and hygiene supplies for those in need.
In addition to collecting donations, the church is also taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of the encampment. They are building pallets to protect the tents from rain and flooding. The efforts of volunteers like Christina Jordt, who donated pallets to help shelter the encampment’s floor, demonstrate the community’s willingness to assist the homeless population.
However, not all community members are supportive of the encampment. There are concerns about the lack of a permanent location and the potential impact on the neighborhood. Some residents, like Jordt, believe that the city should involve the community in the decision-making process by allowing them to vote on the matter.
Others, who choose to remain anonymous, express worries about the encampment’s impact on the community as well as potential retaliation for expressing their support. Despite these concerns, the anonymous neighbor emphasizes the importance of helping those in need, stating, “I just don’t want people to be suffering.”
As for Pastor Mark Miller of Oasis Home Church, he is unable to comment on the future of the encampment and its compliance with the city’s demands.
The City of Burien has given Oasis Home Church a deadline of 3 p.m. on Monday, November 20, to comply with the municipal code. The fate of Sunnydale Village hangs in the balance as discussions between the church and the city continue.
1. What is the encampment called?
The encampment is called Sunnydale Village.
2. How can individuals support the encampment?
Individuals can donate through Sunnydale Village’s website and Amazon wishlist.
3. What measures are being taken to protect the tents from rain?
Volunteers are building pallets to shield the tents from rain and flooding.
4. What concerns do some residents have about the encampment?
Some residents are worried about the lack of a permanent location and the potential impact on the neighborhood.
5. What is the deadline for Oasis Home Church to comply with the city’s demands?
Oasis Home Church has until 3 p.m. on Monday, November 20, to comply with the city’s requirements.