In 2022, the Burien City Council approved $1.896 million be allocated from the City of Burien’s $10.8 million American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for public safety programs between the years 2023 and 2026. This funding is supporting the storefront resource officer, neighborhood care coordinator, and a mental health professional for the City’s co-response team.
The City Council has designated another $2.9 million of ARPA funds for human services programs, with a focus on the following:
- Gang and Youth Violence Intervention/Prevention
- Homelessness Intervention/Prevention
- Food Access
- Mental Health and Counseling
- Neighborhood Cleanliness
- Housing Stability
Programs and services will be provided by qualified agencies, with the City monitoring and reporting progress. The providers will be selected through a competitive and open request for proposals process that was just opened and that will include review of applications by the Human Services Commission. Provider contracts are scheduled to begin in January 2024 and will extend through the end of 2026.
These human services investments are related to the Enhanced Public Safety Initiative approved in 2021.