Winter Response: 8pm Jan.12 – 7am Jan.20
SEATTLE – The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) will open a Severe Weather Shelter at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall this Sunday, January 12. The shelter will be open between 8pm and 7am the following day. The shelter will operate through the morning of Monday, January 20. The Salvation Army will staff this shelter and accommodate roughly 100 adults and their pets. The Seattle Center Armory will continue to be open during regular hours (7am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 7am to 10pm Friday and Saturday) to serve as a warming center.
Bus routes to Seattle Center include: #1, #2, #3, #4, #8, #13, #32, and Rapid Ride D Line; service is also provided by The Seattle Center Monorail running from Westlake Center, accessible by stairs and elevator from Downtown and the Westlake light rail station.
King County Administration Building will offer 50 additional emergency shelter beds Sunday, January 12 through Wednesday night, January 15. The shelter is located at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The shelter serves people who identify as men, age 18 and older, from 7:00pm to 6:00am.
Mary’s Place also has activated winter protocols and can accommodate those with children experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Place has expanded their intake hours and are partnering with Lyft and Uber to provide transportation to families. Please call Mary’s Place at 206-245-1026 for more information.
All existing City-funded shelters have been asked by HSD to expand capacity to accommodate all people in need of safe shelter during this severe weather event.
Outreach and Resources
The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department has communicated with all City-funded service and outreach providers to open any additional spaces for increased capacity during severe weather and to connect with those living outdoors to encourage them to seek shelter. The Navigation Team will focus efforts on outreach and storage services during this time and will be available to transport vulnerable individuals living unsheltered to shelter.
The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department has connected with 211/Crisis Clinic to inform them of additional shelter capacities such that they may provide this information over the phone and through social media. The City’s Parks Department and HSD will be monitoring the weather and shelter capacities to determine if additional resources or long-term shelter accommodations for the public will be needed and will provide this information as necessary.
More information can also be found at HSD’s Human Interest Blog.