About 60 people attended the community meeting last night for the new shelter at the First Presbyterian Church in First Hill. Janet Pope, Executive Director of Compass Housing who will operate the shelter, thanked the community for being so supportive and welcoming.
This program is funded through the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department, and is a partnership between Compass Housing Alliance and First Presbyterian Church – two organizations with deep roots in the community, and with strong commitment to missions of service to those in need.
There were questions regarding the program, underlying program principles, accountability and metrics. Many people attending wanted information about how the community could support the program, including volunteer opportunities.
Compass and First Presbyterian addressed their longer-term plan for gathering feedback from and providing updates to the community.
George Scarola, the City’s Director of the Office of Homelessness, provided the City’s greetings and ended by saying, “We often say the City can’t solve the problem by itself. Here’s another way this shelter helps show the way. This is a great example how a welcoming neighborhood, a deeply committed church and a great nonprofit group can partner to meet the need for 24/7 shelter.”
This enhanced shelter model is part of the City’s Pathways Home Plan, which is guiding the actions the City and its partners are taking to address homelessness.