Outreach worker assigned to Ballard to work with the homeless

Most agree that homelessness is a big problem in Ballard, but the debate rages over what to do about it. The removal of “unsanctioned campers” from Ballard Commons Park and the new fencing under the Ballard Bridge are two recent examples that have sparked heated conversations both on My Ballard and off.

Now there’s a new effort to help. Through a partnership with REACH and the Ballard Alliance, Ballard now has a dedicated “outreach case manager” working with the homeless community. Her name is Paige Killinger.

“Homelessness is a multifaceted issue and it can happen to anyone,” Killinger told the Ballard Alliance, which published a story in its newsletter. “I have met with people who grew up in Ballard and had professions, but different circumstances, such as a heart attack and mounting medical bills, led them to a life of homelessness. All of my client’s needs are different, so my job begins with reaching out to them, having a conversation and building trust.”

Killinger says her top priority is connecting the homeless with services that can help. She’ll also interface with local businesses and neighbors. She works for REACH, which is a program from Evergreen Treatment Services, a local non-profit that “provides street-based, case management and outreach services.”

“During our initial planning, it was our hope to fund a half-time outreach worker focused on the Ballard area,” said Ballard Alliance Executive Director Mike Stewart in the newsletter. “Through our partnership with REACH, we were able to leverage our funding to secure a match from the King County Department of Health. We’ve essentially doubled our anticipated service levels and are creating a model program that we hope will be emulated by other neighborhood improvement districts across the city.”

You may see Killinger out in the neighborhood, and she’s set up office hours at the Ballard Library every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to stop in, say hello and ask questions.


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The Onion
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The Onion

Haha, of course they’re going to run the junkie hobo outreach out of the library.

Hopefully Paige will be handing out free needles and advising her “clients” the best way to secure freebies so that they can continue to wander, steal, harass, and assault the loathsome working taxpayers who are too busy working 50+ hours per week to pay the absurdly high taxes (hello raised rent!) justified by this army of unmanageable, dysfunctional adult children.

The city should assign a task force to remove the hobos from parks and public spaces and get them housed, trained or relocated elsewhere.

Uff da
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Uff da

The part that will no doubt be missing from the Outreach dialog, will be, “Sir/Maam, you can’t do the shit you are doing here anymore. No more meth, no more heroin, cut back on the booze, and no yelling at night. Stop, or your sorry ass goes to rehab, jail, or maybe even a bus ticket to …..Boise, where they will really kick your sorry butt. By the way, how’s that job search going?”

Sometimes a little tough love is needed, and until that happens we are in for months or even years of the same old litter, needles, and 24 hour parking around The Library and The Commons.

Eric
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Eric

I’m really thankful our neighbors are getting this attention and care. Hospitality and support are such beautiful things to have in community as economically diverse as ours.

Ballard Commoner
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Ballard Commoner

Dear Paige:

Please start with that knucklehead on the north side of the library whose tent has been parked in the middle of the sidewalk for the last month.

Addicted to Virtue Signalling
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Addicted to Virtue Signalling

What, no budget for the hobos’ dogs? This seems racist/sexist/species-ist. Hopefully we can set up a fundraiser and get our neighbors some much needed new face piercings and tattoos.

@Uff Da
You can’t use “Sir/Ma’am” anymore: Zher Hir Zhe etc

common sense
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common sense

She should really just resort to posting anonymous comments on the worst designed website ever instead of actually putting forth an effort.

Rat City Politics
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Rat City Politics

@Commoner
Hey, it’s one thing to waste our money on junkies who refuse services and turn around and steal from taxpayers, but *shaming* us on top of it while we dodge these creeps or get car prowled is a whole new level of Seattle Prog Shaming. Bold! 5/5 Stars

You ever consider a City Council run?

MEGAN THE VEGAN
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MEGAN THE VEGAN

@Rat City Politics

Go retreat to your basement and keep popping pills

common sense
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common sense

@Rat City

Sorry snowflake!

Rat City Politics
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Rat City Politics

@Megan the Diet Enthusiast

Believe it or not, I would prefer to have a safer, cleaner city – ya know what we PAY for – so that we can all enjoy it; even people who insult me or whom I disagree with. I know it’s fashionable to HATE the working taxpayers, Megan, but pull back your (presumably) blue hair and try to imagine the city WITHOUT legions of hoodlums, junkies, and felons wandering about. Once upon a time, Brooklyn was a sh*thole, and now it’s safe even for the snowflakes…now that I think about it, though, maybe that wasn’t such a great trade.

You travel much? A city this size should not have this much subsidized scumbaggery.

Concerned Ballard Parent
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Concerned Ballard Parent

@Rat City

You pay taxes, so there should be no poor people, got it!

Guesty
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Guesty

Just what the HepC branch of the cities libraries needs.

Older Ballard F@rt
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Older Ballard F@rt

I remember back when I was in short pants, citizens tried to look and see how they could improve their community. Now people just view the government as a maid service.

Rat City Politics
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Rat City Politics

@Concerned Ballard Parent

No, we should have a functional law enforcement strategy and a zero tolerance policy on disgusting and dangerously anti social behavior. While the Hoovervilles from the Depression days were horrific, and we should do what we can to help those WILLING TO CHANGE, we have woefully accustomed ourselves to dramatically lowered standards of conduct in the last few decades.

Poverty=/=Crime. That myth is floated to set a low bar of acceptable behavior and excuse a permissive system that enables the behavior and ultimately profits from it: see single motherhood, welfare and the prison industrial system. Additionally, many poor countries have exceedingly high standards of behavior, so in a wealthy “world class city” it’s even more pathetic that permissive Boomers and their Millennials snowflakes rob us to subsidize their pets who also rob us.

Uff da
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Uff da

“Now people just view the government as a maid service….” No truer words have been spoken on the topic.

Concerned Ballard Parent
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Concerned Ballard Parent

@RAT CITY POLITICS

You sound like the snowflake

Rat City Politics
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Rat City Politics

@Concerned Ballard Parent
Ok then. Can I have my taxes back? Can you reimburse me for stolen property or compensate my friends who were chased at night by hoodlums Downtown? You see, there’s something called – and I know this might be a bit of a reach for an Oprah viewer – the “Social Contract”. No, it isn’t social media. Give it a “google” and see what you might learn. Namaste or God Bless or whatever they say now.

Dog Lover
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Dog Lover

@Rat City

Sorry snowflake, your whining isn’t working on us.

Uff da
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Uff da

For those of you who are glossary challenged, at least be original as well as accurate in the slang terms you use. Snowflake has lots of meanings, in fact maybe if you look in the mirror as you mouth the word, you may recognize something familiar.
What do you think there, “snowflake?”

http://college.usatoday.com/2017/02/01/the-origin-of-the-term-snowflake-may-surprise-you/

Ballard Public Library
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Ballard Public Library

For immediate Release

The Ballard Public Library will be undergoing a renovation to remove 2000 books and four common use tables. The reconfigured 400 square foot space will now function as an outreach facility for REACH. While introducing the project, SPL Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner kicked off the event by saying “We always wanted to offer patrons less books for adults, and more creepy folks to wander around the kids area. This partnership with REACH will do just that!” Seattle Public Library estimates that the project will be completed by mid May, and that the space will double the number of all-day library users.

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Rat City Politics
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Rat City Politics

@Dog Lover
Hey, I dunno, maybe some people get more accustomed to feces and develop a tolerance. Not sure it’s a virtue. There is probably some longitudinal study somewhere about disgust thresholds and the corresponding apathy towards shared spaces. Then again, if it isn’t on Snapchat it doesn’t exist.

Please curb your dog and remember, some people are allergic to your “babies.”

Dog Lover
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Dog Lover

Some people are allergic to peanuts should we ban them as well?

Toughen up

Beat:B2, THEFT - CAR PROWL at 44XX BLOCK OF LEARY WY NW reported on 2/15/2018
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Beat:B2, THEFT - CAR PROWL at 44XX BLOCK OF LEARY WY NW reported on 2/15/2018

Mostly allergic to being forced to subsidize crime.
Actually if we could get the homeless that are willing an able to work in a peanut factory or a dog kennel, hey that would be great. Also, strange talk about tough. Some of us don’t need to train something to love us back.

RAT CITY POLITICS
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RAT CITY POLITICS

I don’t nerd any help from this newbie. Go back to popping pills in your basement.

Woke William
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Woke William

I commend young Paige’s efforts to help our houseless neighbors. Can I suggest she check in on some of the poor folkx living in RVs in Freelard. Best to check in on them around 4am when they finish their rounds.