Continue Support of the White Center Shelter

As we head into a holiday that for many people is synonymous with home and family, let’s turn our attention to White Center. The former public health clinic stands empty, and King County, which owns the building, had hoped to open a shelter in that space on November 1st for 70 people. Three weeks later the shelter has not been opened. That means that 70 people have been outside when they could have been inside for 21 days. In the language of shelter providers, that means 1,470 empty bed-nights. Community members have every right to be notified, to have their questions answered, and to be assured that the shelter will be well run. But not opening the doors to an empty building when there are not only thousands of people homeless does not seem to fit our community’s ideals. We wrote a letter to our community partners in White Center, and we invite you to write your own, using our postcard template, or your own words.

Thanks to King County elected officials and staff, as well as community volunteers and our member organizations for your determination to see the people behind the numbers, and to respond with urgency. We strongly support efforts to increase safe shelter and affordable housing across this region. This is a very good time for all of us to think about how we can help answer the question: how can we bring more people inside, and help them secure a home?

Take Action! Support the Proposed Bellevue Shelter!

The City of Bellevue and King County are working in partnership with Congregations for the Homeless and Imagine Housing to create a permanent men’s shelter which would include 100 emergency beds, a day center and cafeteria, as well as 50 units of permanent housing. We fully support the proposed shelter, but not all community members do. Read this Seattle Times article for more information about the proposed shelter and discussions it has sparked. We encourage you to express your support to the City of Bellevue and King County!

Monday, Nov. 28th at 6pm at Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue): The Bellevue City Council will receive an update on the proposed shelter and permanent supportive housing project at an extended study session. The meeting will begin with a 30-minute period for oral comments to the council. We encourage you to show up to this meeting and publicly express your support!

If you can’t show up on the 28th, send advocacy postcards to the Bellevue City Council and King County Council (note that you need to put it in an envelope to send, it’s too big to be mailed on it’s own)! (Click here for a pdf of the postcard). Or email your comments directly to the Bellevue City Council at eastsidemensshelter@bellevuewa.gov or to key King County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci (claudia.balducci@kingcounty.gov) and Reagan Dunn (reagan.dunn@kingcounty.gov).

For more information on the shelter including facts on homelessness in Bellevue, community outreach efforts and FAQs, visit the city’s webpage here.

Severe Weather Shelter 2016: October 13 – October 18 information

Major rain and windstorms expected to hit Western Washington October 13 – 16, 2016  Two strong Pacific storm systems are expected to affect the area.
Please circulate and share this information with your clients, guests, and people you know who are staying outside and want to find temporary shelter inside from the high winds and major rain. Severe weather shelters tend to be opened in King County when the temperature is below 32*, this weekend the following shelters will be open due to the rain and wind storms.

If these resources don’t work, encourage people to call 211 for other possible options. Click here for more shelter information from 211.

This post will be frequently updated with the most recent information. If you know of new or updated information please contact hillary[at]homelessinfo[dot]org. _________________________________________________________________________

SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERS – Updated 10/17/2016 at 10am
Please share information about severe weather shelters with your clients and the community.  Check back for frequent updates about openings.

SEATTLE:

King County Administration Building Shelter & 420 4th Ave Shelter – expanded capacity (50 additional spots in Admin Building)

  • Location:  500 & 420 4th Avenue Downtown Seattle (Between Jefferson and James)  Line up for the shelter in front of the loading dock garage door at the corner of 4th and Jefferson.
  • Dates open (with expanded capacity): Thursday, 10/13 – Tuesday, 10/18, (Both Admin Shelter & 420 4th Ave open regularly every other night with 50 beds each)
  • Time: 7pm to 6am
  • Capacity: 100 beds in Admin, 50 beds at 420 4th Ave
  • Population: men (pets welcome at 420 shelter)

Seattle City Hall Shelter

  • Location: 600 4th Ave
  • Dates open (with expanded capacity): Thursday, 10/13 – Tuesday, 10/18, (Open regularly with 75 beds every other night)
  • Time: 7pm to 6am
  • Capacity: 81 beds
  • Population: men & women

Seattle Severe Weather Shelter  – PRINT & POST THIS FLYER

  • LocationSeattle Center Fisher Pavilion, near 2nd & Thomas St. South of Key Arena
  • Dates & Time: Closed
  • Capacity: 100 beds
  • Population: Co-Ed Shelter: 18+, no children 
  • Contact for information: (206) 684-0231

EASTSIDE:
Eastside Women’s Winter Shelter – PRINT & POST THIS FLYER
*Note: This shelter is a winter shelter for Women opening for the first night on Saturday, 10/15 and remaining open through much of winter. 

  • Location: Lakeside Christian Church, 701 1st Street, Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Dates open: Saturday night 10/15 – 1/2/2017
  • Time: 8:30pm – 7am, 7 days/week
  • Population: Single Adult Women 
  • Note: Includes Dinner & Breakfast
  • Contact for information: Cynthia: (425) 463-6285 x 106

Eastside Family Winter Shelter – PRINT & POST THIS FLYER
*Note: This shelter is a winter shelter for families opening for the first night on Saturday, 10/15 and remaining open through much of winter. 

  • Location: Redmond United Methodist Church, 16540 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052
  • Dates open: Saturday night 10/15 – open all winter
  • Time: 8:30pm – 7am, 7 days/week
  • Population: Families
  • Note: Includes Dinner & Breakfast
  • Contact for information: Cynthia: (206) 437-7448

SNOQUALMIE:
Valley Renewal Center Shelter (Expanding day center to be 24 hour shelter)

  • Location: 38625 SE River St, Snoqualmie, WA, 98065
  • Dates open: Closed
  • Time: 24-hour overnight, Dinner and Breakfast Served
  • Eligibility: Must have a Snoqualmie Valley Connection, Sex offender check, no background check
  • Population: Single Men; Single Parent Families Headed by Fathers or Mothers; Single Women; Two Parent Families
  • Contact for information: (425) 505 – 0038

Accessing Coordinated Entry for All at King County 2-1-1

At last week’s Coalition on Homelessness General Membership Meeting, Coalition members were joined by Danielle Winslow from All Home who discussed with us the Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) program, which is run by King County. The goal of CEA is to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to housing in the most efficient way. It does this by using a standardized assessment tool to matches the right level of services and housing resources to the individuals seeking these resources. To learn more about the basics of the program and where Regional Access Points are located, visit www.kingcounty.gov/cea.

To schedule an appointment for a CEA assessment, people need to call King County 2-1-1 to set up an appointment for an assessment. 2-1-1 is currently experiencing high volumes of calls and appointments are filling fast. Alex Williams with King County 2-1-1 sent us some tips, information, and realistic expectations that people should have when calling 2-1-1 to access CEA.

CEA Access and Information at King County 2-1-1 as of September, 2016 

General Information on 2-1-1

  • King County 2-1-1 is open to receive calls Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. CEA assessment appointments are made on Wednesday mornings.
  • Dialing 2-1-1 on a cell phone will connect you to the 2-1-1 that serves the area where your phone is based. You can also call King County 2-1-1 directly by dialing (206) 461-3200 or toll-free at (800) 621-4636. If your cell phone connects you to another 2-1-1 contact center in Washington state, they can transfer your call to King County 2-1-1 if you are calling during our hours of operation.
  • Specialists at King County 2-1-1 can assist callers in English and Spanish. To use an interpreter for other languages, push ‘5’ when prompted after calling 2-1-1. This option will connect you to a Specialist who speaks English. When the Specialist comes on the line, simply say the language you speak and the Specialist will put you on a brief hold as they make a call to bring a language interpreter on the line.
  • Call volume has been high over the past few months, and wait times have often been long. When prompted by the hold message on the 2-1-1 line, callers can push ‘1’ to activate the call-back option, after which the caller will be instructed to enter their 10-digit phone number, stay on the phone to confirm the number entered is correct, then they can disconnect and the phone system will automatically call them back when a 2-1-1 Specialist becomes available.
  • Calls and system callbacks that are still in the queue when 2-1-1 closes at 6pm will be disconnected.

Calling 2-1-1 to schedule an assessment appointment for Coordinated Entry for All (CEA):

  •  Specialists at 2-1-1 will always assess for CEA eligibility for callers who are seeking housing resources, and will assess for both safety and CEA eligibility when callers are seeking emergency or domestic violence housing resources.
  • CEA program information and eligibility is provided to anyone who calls who is currently eligible for CEA, as well as to anyone who is at risk of homelessness, and anyone who asks about the CEA program.
  • Callers can ask for a CEA intake assessment appointment by name, but 2-1-1 Specialists will also be able to identify that a caller is asking about CEA when they indicate that they’re calling for a housing appointment; they were told to call 2-1-1 for an appointment; they need a housing assessment, etc.
  • All callers getting information about CEA will be read the program eligibility verbatim. Program details and eligibility can also be sent to callers by email.
  •  A limited number of CEA appointments is made available each Wednesday morning for 2-1-1 to schedule for eligible callers. The appointments are filled quickly.
  • Since the number of appointments is limited and 2-1-1 receives many calls for CEA, there is no guarantee that there will be an appointment available for someone when they call, even if they call on Wednesday morning.
  • If no CEA appointment is available at the time someone calls to schedule one, Specialists at 2-1-1 will provide CEA program and eligibility information and let eligible callers know when to call back to try to schedule an appointment. They will also explore additional housing and other needed resources that are available.

For more detailed information on CEA visit this link.
You can also click here for more information about King Count 2-1-1 and to view their lists of resources online.

Some good news: Additional shelter that we’ve been pressing for will open this week!

Thanks to advocacy, King County, & the City of Seattle, 100 additional men will soon have overnight winter shelter.   

King County is expanding men’s winter shelter in the Administration Building from 50 to 100 spaces, and opening 50 more winter-only spaces in a vacant county-owned building.

King County Men’s Winter Shelter  – 500 4th Avenue

Open Every Night November 1 – April 15, 2016

  • Location:             King County Administration Building – 500 4th Avenue Downtown                                Seattle (Between Jefferson and James)
  • Operator:            The Salvation Army
  • Capacity:            100 men (100 beds available starting on Monday night, 12/28/15)
  • Hours:                 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Access:               Line up for the shelter in front of the loading dock garage door at                                  the corner of 4th and Jefferson.

NEW SHELTER: King County Men’s Winter Shelter  – 420 4th Avenue

Open Every Night December 26 – April 15, 2016

  • Location:             420 4th Avenue, Seattle (Between Jefferson and James)
  • Operator:            The Salvation Army
  • Capacity:             50 Men
  • Hours:                  7:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Access:                Line up for the shelter in front of the loading dock garage door at                                 the corner of 4th and Jefferson.

Please Note:  The shelters are located across the street from to each other.  To facilitate the line up for the shelters there will be only one line for accessing both shelters.  The shelter line up will be at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue.

Contact:

Please contact Janice Hougen with King County Community Services Division at             206-263-9089 or janice.hougen@kingcounty.gov for further information.