June 22 Update:
City Hall shelter will reopen for nightly service starting tonight, Monday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
June 15 Update:
City Hall shelter will be closed for an additional week and is scheduled to reopen the evening of June 22.
People seeking shelter are still encouraged to go to Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St., Seattle), which is being used as a de-intensifying shelter space operated by Salvation Army.
Exhibition Hall de-intensifying shelter (301 Mercer St., Seattle) can take additional people in if Fisher Pavilion is at capacity. Salvation Army will refer people from Fisher Pavilion to Exhibition Hall, which is operated by DESC. No one seeking shelter will be turned away.
The release below was originally published on June 8, 2020:
The closure of City Hall shelter has been extended for an additional week due to damage sustained during demonstrations on May 30. The resulting damage makes the space unsuitable as an overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
The shelter, which is operated by the Salvation Army and located inside City Hall on the lobby and lower level floors, will be closed through Sunday, June 14. City Hall shelter typically hosts 70 to 80 people on a nightly basis.
People seeking shelter are encouraged to head to Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St., Seattle). Fisher Pavilion, which is being used as a de-intensifying shelter space operated by Salvation Army, has capacity for people over the age of 18 and serves all genders. If Fisher Pavilion is at capacity and unable to accommodate people in need, Exhibition Hall de-intensifying shelter (301 Mercer St., Seattle) can take additional people in. Salvation Army will refer people from Fisher Pavilion to Exhibition Hall, which is operated by DESC. No one seeking shelter will be turned away.
Since the closure, Salvation Army and DESC have been able to shelter all who arrived at these shelters that were displaced from City Hall.
These shelter resources have been made available as part of the City’s efforts to de-intensify Seattle’s high-capacity shelters. By opening these spaces, shelter clients have more room to socially distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, all de-intensifying shelters—including Fisher Pavilion and Exhibition Hall—offer enhanced services by operating 24/7, providing hygiene access, and meals throughout the day.
Salvation Army has access to additional shelter spaces and can transport individuals to these overflow shelters when needed.