The Navigation Center Opens to Pets, Possessions & Partners

On July 12, the City’s new Navigation Center, an enhanced shelter that accepts people with pets, partners, and possessions, as well as substance use disorders, opened its doors to clients. A dormitory-style living facility that provides shower, bathroom, and laundry facilities, as well as meals and a place to store personal belongings, Seattle’s Navigation Center […]

Navigation Center opens; Navigation Team reaching out to those already referred

The City’s new Navigation Center, a 75-bed enhanced shelter that accepts people with pets, partners, and possessions, as well as substance abuse disorders, welcomed its first clients today. Tenancy at the Navigation Center is only by referral from the City’s Navigation Team, comprised of specially trained Seattle Police officers, outreach workers and field coordinators who […]

MDAR Advisory Committee to hold first meeting

Since 2008, the City has had specific rules – Multi-Department Rules (MDARs) – for the removal of encampments that balance providing services and alternatives to people living in encampments with the health and safety benefits of removing encampments. In 2016, the increasing homelessness crisis affecting our community led the City to not only review our […]

City releases assessment of first three permitted encampments

Seattle is the first city in the country to offer public land and funding to support permitted encampments for people experiencing homelessness. All six of the existing permitted homeless encampment programs operate on public property with City funding to support services, security, and operations at the camps. Today, representatives of the Human Services Department (HSD) […]

Seattle Channel Spotlight: The Navigation Team

Today, coinciding with the #SeaHomeless media blitz, the Seattle Channel released a short video highlighting the work of the City’s Navigation Team, which is comprised of outreach workers paired with specially trained Seattle Police Department (SPD) personnel. The team works to connect unsheltered people to housing and critical resources, while helping address pervasive challenges around […]