Found this on Seattle talk radio host Dori Monson’s blog. [He’s on 97.3 KIRO.] How would you like to have a vanload of beer delivered right to your apartment? And what if you didn’t have to pay for the beer? Jackpot! And if you didn’t have to pay for the apartment either? Double jackpot! Chronic boozers in Seattle don’t have to go out to the bar or the convenience store these days…they’re drinking and living on the taxpayer’s dime. 1811 Eastlake is a housing project especially for alcoholics funded by various government entities such as HUD and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Rehabilitation is not a high priority at 1811 Eastlake–the residents [all of whom have alcohol issues, to put it mildly] are allowed to drink in their apartments.
According to the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s website, the drunks in this housing project are offered social services including mental health and substance abuse counseling, on-site health care and meals plus field trips to local food banks. This facility can’t be cheap to keep running. In this era of hard times for the taxpayers, could we at least cut off the free beer?