A Housing State of Emergency

We must reaffirm our commitment to address our region’s housing crisis. A recent news release by the King County Housing Authority underscores the growing and urgent need for housing assistance. Unfortunately, I was not surprise to learn that in just a two-week application period, KCHA received 19,500 applications for Section 8 rental housing assistance. The…

Why I support CHEL sites

I support the King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force’s recommendation of CHEL or safe consumption sites. Here’s why: Community Health Engagement Locations (CHEL) are a place where people suffering from addiction can get health care, social services, and inject under the supervision of a health care worker. First, I agree that prevention…

No Safe Level for Lead in Humans

According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, there is no safe level for lead in humans. Although it’s found frequently in our environment, it has no known purpose in our bodies. When lead gets inside the body, the body confuses it with calcium and other essential nutrients. This confusion can cause permanent damage…