Dear friends and neighbors of Transitional Resources,

You may be aware that Sound Transit released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension (WSBLE) project. This project, as part of the voter-approved ST3 initiative, will bring light rail to West Seattle as part of an effort to connect our region with sustainable mass transit. While we are supportive this much-needed community transportation effort overall, some of the planned alternatives are a direct threat to Transitional Resources and the community-oriented model of care that we have provided for over 45 years.

 

In response to the information we now know about the WSBLE project and its impact, and the various campaigns to back the alternatives that would remove supportive housing services and behavioral healthcare for many of our clients, we have decided to ask our community to once again step up as you have in the past to rally support for us.

 

On the following page we have included a sample comment for you to modify and send to Sound Transit, as well as other talking points and concerns to raise and we plan to discuss throughout our continued conversations with Sound Transit and our locally elected officials.

 

All comments must be submitted before April 28, 2022! We need every comment we can get, so spread the word!

 

We ask that you please take a few minutes to submit a comment and urge Sound Transit to keep our program and services intact so we can continue to serve our clients and the West Seattle community. We cannot do this without you. Thank you for your solidary and support during this time.

 

Link to Comment: https://wsblink.participate.online

Below is a sample comment that we encourage you to modify and submit. We have also included the major talking points below this sample that we will be emphasizing with our ongoing discussion with Sound Transit:

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I am writing to comment on the proposed Delridge segment of the West Seattle Link Extension plan. I strongly oppose the DEL-5 and DEL-6 proposals of Sound Transit’s light rail plan, as it would devastate a nonprofit that provides services to our community’s most vulnerable people.

Transitional Resources is a community behavioral health agency located in West Seattle on SW Avalon Way. They serve vulnerable adults from all over King County who are living with serious mental illness and provide them with behavioral health treatment and supportive housing services, ensuring these folks remain safe, healthy, and housed. Transitional Resources has multiple properties and serves a multitude of people who live in various parts of West Seattle, but a majority of whom are within very close proximity to their offices located on SW Avalon Way. Many of the people Transitional Resources serves will be irrevocably impacted by the proposed alternative routes outlined in DEL-5 and DEL-6 if these options move forward.

The planned route for DEL-5 and DEL-6 would directly impact three of Transitional Resources’ properties and would devastate the vital services TR provides to the community. Without these services or programs, the people who live in the buildings—as well as those who receive services from the buildings–would be displaced and/or disconnected from the services they need. The loss of these critical services in our community would be devastating to not only the clients they serve but to our larger community, as finding alternative housing and services that address the unique needs of the populations they serve in the same way TR does would be challenging.

As someone who cares deeply about our community and the nonprofits that give to those in need, I strongly urge the committee to reject both the DEL-5 and DEL-6 alternative proposals.

Points to emphasize:

    • TR provides vital behavioral healthcare and supportive housing services to the community, and our model of healthcare depends on the close proximity of our buildings and services. If these buildings were to be removed as proposed in DEL-5 and DEL-6, the base model of our care and our services would be majorly disrupted. The individuals we serve would lose their mental health services that are right on their doorstep, and many others would lose their housing as well.
    • TR runs the entirety of our supportive housing program and our outpatient program services in the 2988 and 2980 buildings that would be affected by the proposed routes.
    • TR has a multitude of clients who live in the community who also receive services at the affected properties whose services would be disrupted. This includes clients from our new Rise at Yancy Street building located on SW Yancy Street.
    • Those TR serves who do live on the 2988 and 2980 properties would be displaced and would likely struggle to find a new home and services that could meet their unique needs. Many of these people were homeless for many years and were finally able to find permanent housing through TR.
    • TR cannot easily relocate our services since the interconnection and proximity of our buildings is essential to our model of care. Costs are going up in the area, and finding a new property that would meet our needs and/or building a new property would be nearly impossible.
    • There is a crisis right now in mental health care and a large demand for the services we provide. Uprooting the critical programs that we provide, as well as displacing the individuals we serve when the demand is already high, would put unnecessary pressure on the system. The results would be catastrophic, both to our clients and to the community at large.