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 worked with partners to bring resources online and available to people experiencing homelessness. With Seattle’s shelters operating at or 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 this past November as a new shelter serving HIV positive men. The shelter serves 50 individuals 365 days a year and 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).
Additionally, through a partnership with King County, Harborview Hall opened in December, serving up to 100 people living unsheltered. The overnight shelter at Harborview Medical Center allows pets and possessions, creating an important new shelter resource on First Hill. Further, the City began enrolling individuals in a new pilot program 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.
With the opening of Harborview Hall and launch of the new HOPWA pilot, the City opened a total of 516 safer spaces in 2018, serving approximately 540 people experiencing homelessness. This increase in shelter capacity is the largest expansion of City-funded shelter resources in Seattle’s history. The following shelter resources are now available:
- 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).
- HOPWA pilot – In partnership with Bailey Boushay, serving 40 people living unsheltered and with HIV/AIDs find housing (Opened December).
- Harborview Hall – 100 overnights shelter spaces at Harborview Medical Center.