Sunday, April 24, 2016

Letter: Redmond tent encampment permit fees are too high

St. Jude has hosted a tent encampment every 2 to 2 1/ 2 years. This has been what the parish has thought that it could reasonably accommodate. When we have hosted, we have had to pay for a mailing done by the city to the surrounding community as well as put up a large sign and have a community meeting each time. What we have objected to substantial increase of fees over the years: $2600 last time around, when other municipalities have charged in the $400-$1000 range.

That is what we asked for relief from.... None was provided. We want to be good neighbors. We have always insisted on background checks and have had very little negative feedback from our hosting 5 times in nearly 10 years. We believe we have a Gospel responsibility to work to provide housing to the homeless and lift people out of poverty and help those in need. We as all want a permanent solution to this issue, but it require money and a commitment to providing social service to those in need and affordable housing. 

Blessings, Fr. Jim Johnson
St Jude Parish

1 comment:

Paige Norman said...

The Council's recommendation based on the study session a couple of weeks ago extends the # of years for a permit (same permit price) which will decrease the cost per permit for the stays.

My notes from the evening listed these as the Council Recommendations (note, they have yet to be voted on):

Final recommendation from Council to Staff:
Permit Type 1
Fee: $2,864.36
3 Stays per permit
120 days per stay
365 days between stay
Permit would expire in 5 years ? (time of permit length not determined)