**PRESS RELEASE** Smiley’s Responds To Escalating Homelessness Crisis in Seattle

PASCO, WA – Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement on the escalating homelessness crisis in Seattle, where homeless encampments have continued to overrun schools and parks frequented by thousands of local children.

Tiffany Smiley said: “Seattle parents are rightfully frustrated because our leaders at all level of government are failing to find a solution to our community’s twin homelessness and addiction crises. I am running for U.S. Senate to find common sense solutions to the problems facing our community, and what we are witnessing in Seattle’s schools and parks is foremost among them. We sent Senator Murray to Washington, DC three decades ago to address the challenges facing the people of Washington State, but instead our communities have continued to erode from within.”

“Unlike Senator Murray, I have visited the homeless encampments of Seattle – not as an elected official who has the area advanced by staff, but as a concerned citizen who walked through the needle infested school yards that have been overrun by homeless encampments. And as a mom, I understand the plight of Seattle families who simply want their children to go to and from school safely.”

“I am committed to working day and night to solve this epidemic in our community by bringing together law enforcement, mental health and addiction services, and advocating for programs that will help those struggling find housing and job placement. Washington State deserves a leader with fresh ideas to solve the problems ravaging our communities, not a failed career politician like Patty Murray who continues to perpetuate thirty years of policies that have created the mess we’re in,” concluded Smiley.

Last week, FOX Q13 in Seattle reported on the continuing homelessness crisis in Seattle, now engulfing Woodland Park, which is used by thousands of children and runners alike in North Seattle. The Park has been deemed “unsafe” and can no longer be utilized by the 5,000 children who used the park for cross country training. Parents are rightfully frustrated by the lack of solutions provided by their elected leaders to this ongoing and growing problem in their community, and have started protests to reclaim their neighborhood.

To learn more about Tiffany Smiley’s record of taking on an unresponsive Federal government and fighting for the care of our nation’s veteran heroes, click here to download her campaign media kit.

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