Following Mayor Durkan’s announcement to increase the City of Seattle’s bridge housing and shelter units by 25 percent by creating 500 safer spaces, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) has been working with partners to bring resources online and available to people experiencing homelessness. With Seattle’s shelters continuing to operate near capacity on a nightly basis, new shelter meets a critical need to create more safe spaces for people sleeping unsheltered throughout the city.
As part of Mayor Durkan’s path to 500 new safe spaces, HSD provided funding to Virginia Mason’s Bailey Boushay House to open its doors as a new shelter serving HIV positive men. Opened in November of this year, the shelter serves 50 individuals 365 days a year and is paired with Virginia Mason’s day medical center which provides critical life-saving treatment for HIV positive individuals (Read local media coverage on the opening of Bailey Boushay House here).
With the opening of Bailey Boushay House, the City has now opened a total of 376 safer shelter spaces this year, serving approximately 420 people experiencing homelessness. The following shelter resources are available now:
- Whittier Heights Women’s Village– 16 new tiny houses, serving 22 women experiencing homelessness (Opened May).
- City Hall Shelter– 80 new basic shelter beds at Seattle City Hall (Opened July).
- YWCA Late Night Motel Vouchers– 40 beds through motel rooms for families experiencing homelessness, which can serve between 40-60 individuals and children each night (Opened July).
- Salvation Army William Booth Center– 8 additional enhanced shelter beds (Expanded in July).
- Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets– 5 additional beds within existing young adult shelter (Expanded August).
- True Hope Village– 35 new tiny houses in Seattle’s Central District, serving 58 people experiencing homelessness (Opened September)
- YWCA’s Angeline’s Center for Women– 35 new beds within YWCA’s existing day center for women (Opened August).
- Navigation Center– 10 additional beds within the City’s first 24/7, enhanced shelter (Expanded in September).
- Haddon Hall-75 enhanced, 24/7 shelter beds operated by Catholic Community Services and Plymouth Housing (Opened October).
- Lake Union Village– 22 tiny houses serving 37 adults experiencing homelessness (Opened October).
- Bailey-Boushay House– In partnership with Virginia Mason, this shelter will serve 50 HIV positive men experiencing homelessness (Opened November)
The City is on track to create 516 safe spaces in 2018. In December, the City will begin enrollment in a new pilot to provide housing and stability services for 40 low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The pilot, which is managed by Bailey Boushay, is designed to help clients confidentially access housing by leveraging HOPWA resources with local agencies such as the Chief Seattle Club, Seattle Indian Health Board, Center for Multicultural Health, and others.
Lastly, an additional 100 beds will open at Harborview Medical Center through a partnership with King County in mid-December.