Following Mayor Durkan’s announcement to increase the City of Seattle’s bridge housing and shelter units by 25 percent, the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) has been working with community and agency partners to bring these resources online and available to people experiencing homelessness. With Seattle’s shelters continuing to operate near capacity on a nightly basis, new shelter capacity meets a critical need to create more safe spaces for people sleeping unsheltered throughout the City.
Under Mayor Durkan’s plan to create 500 new shelter spaces, the City has already opened a total of 209 safer shelter spaces this year, serving approximately 250 people experiencing homelessness. The following shelter resources are available now or will open in early September:
- Whittier Heights Women’s Village – 16 new tiny houses, serving women experiencing homelessness (Opened May)
- City Hall Shelter – 80 new basic shelter beds at Seattle City Hall (Opened July)
- YWCA Late Night Motel Vouchers – 20 additional motel vouchers for families experiencing homelessness (Opened July).
- Salvation Army William Booth Center – 8 additional enhanced shelter beds (Opened July).
- Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets – 5 additional beds within existing young adult shelter (Opened August).
- True Hope Village – 35 new tiny houses in Seattle’s Central District, serving 58 people experiencing homelessness (Open House August 29)
- YWCA’s Angeline’s Center for Women – 35 new beds within YWCA’s existing day center for women (Opening late August).
- Navigation Center – 10 additional beds within the City’s first 24/7, enhanced shelter (Opening September 4).
HSD is on track to create approximately 500 new shelter spaces by fall of this year. In addition to a master lease opportunity coming online this fall, additional capacity will be created by either adding or building new capacity at existing basic and enhanced shelters. Resources that are scheduled to come online in the coming months are:
- Lake Union Village – 22 tiny houses serving adults experiencing homelessness, scheduled to open in late September.
- Bailey-Boushay House – In partnership with Virginia Mason, this shelter will serve 50 HIV positive men experiencing homelessness, scheduled to open in November.
- Harborview Hall – In partnership with King County, this shelter will create 100 new beds at Harborview Medical Center.The City will continue to work with community partners to identify and develop more shelter resources in the coming months. Please continue to visit this site for updates and progress as additional resources come online.
Additionally, Mayor Durkan’s initiative also extends funding for three existing Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) shelters, which will keep 163 beds open for the remainder of the year.