City, County open new shelter in SODO

The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) and King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) announce a new 24/7, enhanced deintensification shelter opening in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. This new shelter will offer supportive services, housing navigation, and meets public health standards to protect clients and workers against the spread of COVID-19.   The shelter will begin operations in early November with the goal of achieving full occupancy by the first quarter of 2021. The […]

UPDATE: The Navigation Team to address safety hazard on the partially demolished Marion Street walkway

Update on September 2, 2020 at 6 p.m. Today, the Navigation Team removed a safety hazard on and around the former Marion Street pedestrian walkway after, last week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) declared the bridge to be structurally unsound and a danger to those living in an encampment on and below the structure.  There were ten tents and one structure inside the affected area at the start of today’s action. Navigation […]

Temporary COVID Community Center shelters move to new locations

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has announced the temporary de-intensifying shelters at Garfield, Miller, and Southwest Teen Life (SWTLC) community centers have relocated to new spaces. These moves follow months of planning, community outreach, and partnership with service providers to ensure new and existing shelter programs are compliant with public health requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Seattle’s shelter system.   Moving the temporary shelters […]

Human Services Department releases final 2019 homelessness program performance

The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) has released the fourth quarter (Q4) performance data for programs that receive City funding to serve people experiencing homelessness. Mid-year data for 2019 was last published in September 2019. The finalization and release of Q4 data was significantly delayed due to the onset of COVID-19, which required HSD staffing resources to be diverted to pandemic response.  The Q4 data affirms that […]

Navigation Team releases Quarter 2 data report, metrics show increased shelter referrals and enrollments during COVID-19 crisis

Today, the Navigation Team submitted its latest report to City Council providing a snapshot of the team’s significant outreach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Q2 (April – June).  In response to COVID-19, the Navigation Team has focused its efforts to outreach and litter/debris removal. This refocusing in Q2 resulted in 373 site visits for outreach, 624 litter and debris mitigation operations, and 408 referrals to shelter citywide.  […]