IT WAS A HEATED DISCUSSION TONIGHT .
ABOUT A HUNDRED PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE NORTHWEST
COPS SHOP TO SOUND OFF ABOUT A HALF WAY HOUSE FOR
FORMER INMATES... MOVING INTO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.
KXLY'S ALLIE NORTON IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
SHE'S LIVE IN THE WESTVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD... WHERE THAT
HALF WAY HOUSE OPENED TWO WEEKS AGO.
ALLIE, LOTS OF FRUSTRATED PEOPLE?
ON BOTH SIDES NADINE.
THERE WAS SO MANY PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP
THAT THE HAD TO MOVE THE MEETING OUTSIDE TO ACCOMMODATE
THE LARGE CROWD.
ASK TERRI MAYER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OPEN GATE IF
SHE EXPECTED TONIGHT'S OPEN HOUSE TO GO THE WAY IT
DID AND SHE'D SAY:
"No. Not at all."
THE MEETING WAS PLANNED SO THE WESTVIEW COMMUNITY
COULD SHARE CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEW TRANSITIONAL HOUSE
MOVING INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT
PROVIDES HOUSING FOR OFFENDERS JUST RELEASE FROM PRISON.
"In Westview we value permanent residency, we value
the chance to get to know our neighbors and know who
they are to build the community to grow together,
to trust each other and that opportunity does not
exist with this house.
QUESTIONS UPON, QUESTIONS. FRUSTRATION ON BOTH SIDES
GROWING WITH EACH.
ROUGHLY ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE IN ATTENDENCE TONIGHT...
UPSET THAT THEY WERE BLINDSIDED BY THE OPENING OF
"When you look up the definition of 'felony' those
are the people that you don't want eight blocks away
from our elementary school.
NOT ALL WERE RESIDENTS OF THE WESTVIEW COMMUNITY.
SOME CAME OUT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE
"It's just not fair to the individuals who have already
served their time, they already did their time and
now they're trying to make a better life for themselves.
ACCORDING TO CITY CODE ANYONE OPERATING THIS TYPE
OF HOUSING HAS TO APPLY FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.
HOWEVER, THERE IS A LOOP HOLE.
"In the state of washington there's been a determination
that group homes or group living situations shuold
be allowed in a single family dwelling just like other
types of uses that we have to treat them equitably.
HEATHER TRAUTMAN, DIRECTOR OF NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
SAYS THE CITY WILL INVESTIGATE WHETHER OR NOT THE
OPEN GATE HOME FALLS UNDER THAT CATEGORY. IN THE MEANTIME,
MAYER SAYS SHE'LL COMPLY WITH WHATEVER THE CITY REQUESTS.