2018-2019 Severe Weather Shelter and Winter Shelter in King County – FOR REFERENCE ONLY

This blog post contains information about additional shelter options for people in the winter time including Severe Weather Shelter (when open) and Winter Shelter.
This is not a comprehensive list of all shelter in King County – please visit 211 for year-round shelters and to find more resources.
Severe Weather Shelter locations around King County can be found below. Cities and organizations that operate Severe Weather Shelter have varying criteria of when shelters are open, but typically open Severe Weather Shelter when the weather is below freezing. Please visit the Crisis Clinic Resource Talk Shelter page to see the most updated list of open Severe Weather Shelters around King County.
Winter Shelters are seasonal shelters that typically open every night in November through March/April/May depending on the program. This information is listed after information about Severe Weather Shelters.
Warming Shelters are Day Centers and other community locations that provide people a respite from the cold. IN CASES OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOURS AT CERTAIN WARMING SHELTERS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
 
Please Circulate and share this information with your clients, guests, and people you know who are staying outside and want to find shelter inside from the frigid temperatures.

If these resources don’t work, encourage people to call 211 for other possible options. 

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

SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERS – Updated 2/1/2019 at 2:00 p.m. We anticipate more openings this weekend and will update ASAP.
Please share information about severe weather shelters with your clients and the community.  Check back for frequent updates about openings. While every effort is taken to keep this page up-to-date, please email notices[@]homelessinfo.org with any concerns. 

KING COUNTY:
Severe Weather Shelter in Downtown Seattle operated by King County – OPEN 

  • Location: King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Dates & Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 – Thursday night, Feb. 14, 2019, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (currently scheduled to go back to just 50 spaces Friday, 2/14 morning at 6a.m. after people access the shelter the night before)
  • Capacity: 100. *note* – this shelter is open nightly for 50 men and will have an additional 50 mats 2/3-2/14 for a total of 100
  • Population:  Men, 18 and over
  • Other info: Go directly to shelter, no referrals required
  • Contact for information: King County, 206-263-9089

SEATTLE:
Seattle Severe Weather Shelter – OPEN – Flyer

  • Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109 – PLEASE USE LOWER LEVEL ENTRANCE
  • Dates & Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 – Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2019, 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. (currently scheduled to close Monday 2/11 morning at 7 a.m. after people access the shelter the night before)
  • Capacity: 100+; nobody will be turned away
  • Population: All genders/Co-Ed Shelter: 18+, no children. Pets can be accommodated.  
  • Other info: Go directly to shelter, no referrals required. Bus Routes Include #3, and Rapid Ride D Line
  • Contact for information: (206) 684-0231

RENTON:
Renton Cold Weather Shelter –  OPEN – Flyer

  • Location: The Old Chamber of Commerce building, 300 Rainier Avenue North (Metro bus route 106 & 107 stops nearby)
  • Dates & Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 – Monday night, Feb. 11, 2019, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. (currently scheduled to close Tuesday 2/12 at 7 a.m. after people access the shelter the night before)
  • Capacity: 30
  • Population:  All genders – Separate areas for men, women, and families.
  • Other info: Drop-in’s welcome, Snacks provided, no pets allowed
  • Contact for information: City of Renton, Human Services office at 425-430-6600

KENT:
Kent Severe Weather Shelter –  OPEN

  • Location: Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032
  • Dates & Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 – Wednesday night, Feb. 6, 2019, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. (currently scheduled to close Tuesday 2/7 at 7 a.m. after people access the shelter the night before). NOTE: Kent will most likely have severe weather shelter open Friday 2/8, waiting on final details.
  • Capacity & population: Priority will be given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles, but the shelter will also be available for single women and men.
  • Other info: Operated by Catholic Community Services staff
  • Contact for information: City of Kent, 253-856-5070

SNOQUALMIE/MONROE:
Take the Next Step MONROE Severe Weather Shelter –  OPEN

  • Location: New Hope Fellowship, Main Church Building (102 W Main St, Monroe, WA 98272); accessible via the donation-based Snoqualmie Valley Transportation
  • Dates & Time: OPEN  Call (360) 453-7622 to confirm opening – usually open when forcast is below 32* in Monroe. When open, hours are from 8pm-8am; must arrive before 10pm
  • Population: Co-Ed shelter
  • Contact for Information: Email Michael Lorio at mikel@ttns.org. Hotline updated every day by noon with shelter information, (360) 453-7622
  • Notes: This shelter is operated by Take The Next Step, and is accessible via the donation-based (free) Snoqualmie Valley Transportation. For more information, visit https://www.ttns.org/cold-weather-shelter/

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WINTER SHELTERS – Updated 12/5/2018 at 1pm
Please share information about winter shelters with your clients and the community. This list not comprehensive. More information on winter shelters can be found by searching your region on 211

AUBURN:

  • Winter Shelter intake is run by Catholic Community Services
    • Intake Location: Auburn Ray of Hope Day Center; 2536 I St NE
    • Intake Times: Monday through Friday, 10am-2pm

EASTSIDE:

  • Congregations for the Homeless Men’s Shelter — PRINT & POST THIS FLYER
    • LocationLincoln Center Office Park (515B 116th NE, Bellevue, WA 98004). Closest bus route is the 271.
    • Times: 7:30PM-8AM, 7 days a week; Intake at 7:30pm, soft curfew at 10:30pm but admitted until closing at 8am
    • Population: Men, 18+
    • CapacityMax 100, recommended arrival by 9pm to secure a bed
    • Contact Information: 425-289-4044
    • NotesFirst come, first served. Low barrier. Dinner, bunkbeds, blankets provided. No daytime storage.
  • Sophia Way — PRINT & POST THIS FLYER
    • Location: Lakeside Christian Church, 701 1st Street, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • Dates & Time: 8:30pm-7:30am, 7 days a week through April 30, 2019. PLEASE ARRIVE AFTER 8PM.
    • Population: Women, 18+
    • Contact Information: Cynthia Brown, 425-463-6254
    • Notes: First come, first served. No reservations/waitlist. Hot dinner, cold breakfast provided. Referrals provided for housing and other services. 2 free bus tickets every visit. Near bus routes 234, 245, 255, 257

FEDERAL WAY 

  • Winter Shelter intake in Federal Way is run by CCS’s Reach Out program (https://ccsww.org/get-help/shelter-homeless-services/reach-out/)
    • Intake Location: Federal Way Day Center (33505 13th Ave S., Suite D, Federal Way, WA 98003)
    • Intake Times: Monday through Friday, 10AM-3PM.
    • Contact Information: Catholic Community Services at (253) 854-0077

KENT

REDMOND 

  • Catholic Community Services @ Redmond United Methodist Church
    • Location: Redmond United Methodist Church (16540 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052)
    • Dates & Times: 8:30pm-7:30am, 7 days a week through fall and winter. Must call (206) 437-7448 in advance to complete intake. Open curfew at 10pm.
    • Population: Families only.
    • Contact Information: (206) 437-7448
    • Notes: Accepts service animals with current vaccine records. Dinner, light breakfast, sleeping mats and blankets provided. Cannot accommodate those fleeing DV. Accessible to mobility devices.

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY 

  • Snoqualmie United Methodist Church
    • Location: Sallal Grange 12912 432nd Ave SE, North Bend, WA through March 17, 2019.
      • Shelter will rotate locations through March 31, 2019
      • For the most up-to-date information on the shelter location, check svshelterservices.org
    • Dates & Times: 8:30pm-7:30am, 7 days a week. Evening-only guests must leave by 9:45pm, unaccompanied teens must leave by 10:30pm
    • Population: Single men and women, single parent families, and two parent families with connections to North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, Carnation, and Duvall
    • Capacity: 30
    • Contact Information: (425) 505-0038 or info@svshelterservices.org
    • Notes: Dinner served 8:30-9:30pm; Light breakfast also served; Mats and sleeping bags provided; low-barrier shelter (no drugs, alcohol, weapons); staff check for sexual assault history, but no other background checks are performed

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WARMING CENTERS– Updated 12/5/2018 at 1pm
Please share information about warming centers with your clients and the community. This list not comprehensive. More information on warming centers can be found by searching your region on 211DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOURS AT SEVERAL DAY AND WARMING CENTERS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED. 

EASTSIDE:

  • Congregations for the Homeless Men’s Shelter — PRINT & POST THIS FLYER
    • LocationLincoln Center Office Park (515B 116th NE, Bellevue, WA 98004). Closest bus route is the 271.
    • Times: 7:30PM-7:30AM, 7 days a week; Intake at 7:30pm, soft curfew at 10:30pm but admitted until closing at 7:30am
    • Population: Men, 18+
    • CapacityMax 100, recommended arrival by 9pm to secure a bed
    • Contact Information: 425-289-4044
    • NotesFirst come, first served. Low barrier. Dinner, bunkbeds, blankets provided. No daytime storage.

FEDERAL WAY:

  • Federal Way Community Center:
    • Location: 876 S 333rd St, Federal Way, WA 98003
    • Times: M-F 5:30am-9:30pm; Sat 7am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm; Closed on certain holidays
    • Population: Everyone is welcome
    • Contact Information: Visit their website or call (253) 835-6900; listen to the menu of options to speak with a representative
    • Notes: No daytime storage

SEATAC:

  • SeaTac Community Center:
    • Location: 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98168
    • Times: M-TH 830am-9:30pm; F 8:30am-5pm; Sat 8:30am-4pm; Closed Sun
    • Population: Everyone is welcome
    • Contact Information: Visit their website or call (206) 973-4680
    • Notes: No daytime storage

Packed Public Benefits 101 Training at Washington Hall

Yesterday almost one hundred homeless service providers from across King County packed Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District to learn more about state DSHS benefits available to their clients. Lead by dynamic attorneys Sara Robbins and Katie Scott from Solid Ground’s Public Benefits Assistance Program, the training covered the recent changes to the HEN program and TANF, as well as Food Assistance, ABD, Medicare Savings Program, and more.  Asking for help is hard, and that is something folks that are experiencing homelessness have to do many, many times a day. Receiving help is easier when the person you’re asking is knowledgeable about the answers and can get you what you need, and that’s why we were grateful so many service providers took time out of their busy schedules to learn the ins and outs of DSHS. Did you know about Equal Access Plans (EAP), that are available for DSHS client’s with disabilities and can alter DSHS requirements to ensure barriers are reduced for people who need extra support maintaining benefits? Neither did myself or most of the people in the room yesterday, but now there are hundreds of people experiencing homelessness across King County that will benefit from their case manager knowing they can request an EAP for them to help them get and keep their DSHS benefits.

Although at the Seattle/King County Coalition we knew there was a demand for this kind of practical, real-world information that is crucial to the day-to-day lives of people experiencing homelessness, even we were surprised when the training filled up in a few days and the eventual waitlist of over fifty. This showed us the urgent need for more trainings of this kind, and we already have several in the works for the upcoming months – sign up on our website to be the first to now about new trainings before they fill up. Due to the demand there will also be a second, slightly condensed Public Benefits 101 training from 9 am -11:30 am next Wednesday, May 2nd at the South King County Forum on Homelessness monthly meeting. Registration is available on our website.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Reflection

We arrived at the Coalition office bright and early at 6:30 AM to get everyone on our HHADvocacy Express Bus. We had friends from Real Change News, Compass Housing Alliance, Low Income Housing Institute, and [please list all other orgs]! We passed around breakfast croissants and oranges while Hillary gave us an overview of the bills we were going to be talking to our legislators about and the basics of advocacy and the legislative process.

The red scarves we picked up in Olympia showed we were all on the same team – the housing and homelessness advocacy team!  The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance showed us how to send a mass text to our legislators to let them know that hundreds of people were showing up for housing and homelessness.  Afterward, we split off to a number of interesting workshops.  The one I attended was about how to use social media to reach out and educate people.  We learned some useful tips on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get our message to the most people possible.

From there we gathered with our districts. In my own district, the 46th, I met several people whose stories were so necessary for our legislators – Senator Frockt, Representative Pollet, and Representative Valdez – to hear.  There was a group of women who lived in manufactured homes, who owned their homes but not the land they were on.  The landowners decided they want to sell that land, leaving these residents, most of whom are seniors and disabled, facing homelessness.  I met a group of trans and gender-nonconforming people who had experienced homelessness, and when confronted with the lack of resources, decided to open their home to homeless trans people.  I met a young woman with the Mockingbird Society, whose childhood homelessness led to her being placed in foster care.

Unfortunately, Senator Frockt and Representative Valdez were unable to speak to us, due to the busy legislative session. We spoke to their aides and to Representative Pollet, who was able to make an appearance.  Our representatives had so many bills to look at that they definitely appreciated us bringing certain ones to their attention.  While all of them were on board with our legislative priorities, our support helps them push these bills forward.  The stories that we shared reminded our legislators why housing and homelessness issues are so important, and gave them real people to keep in mind while they fought for our bills on the house or senate floor.

After our meeting, I delivered our huge stack of over 450 advocacy postcards to each legislator’s office and then went to watch HB 2578, banning Source of Income Discrimination, pass in the House Committee!

We got back to Seattle around 6:00. It was a long day, but a fun and educational experience.  It was great to talk with other advocates and hear their stories and share strategies on how to make change happen.  Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day was such a cool way to see democracy in action!


I am revisiting this after the legislative session has ended, and every bill that we advocated has passed and been signed by the governor. When you’re up early in the morning piling people onto a bus, or scurrying around legislative offices delivering a handful of postcards here and there, I think it can be difficult to see what all that hard work is building to.  Our successes in this legislative session prove how worth it all of this is.  Our meetings with our district legislators were so valuable – a big part of advocacy is making sure our legislators are educated on the bills we want to pass and why they are so important.  Legislators are people just like us, with limited time and space in their minds for the thousands of bills they need to keep track of.  Our job is to tell them which ones are the priority, and clearly they heard us.

It is so fascinating to witness every step of the democratic process, from the advocacy stage to seeing a bill pass in the House, to seeing bills being signed by Governor Inslee. It’s also a reminder of the importance of voting, and by extension, the importance of our work registering homeless people to vote.  It MATTERS who our legislators are.  If we didn’t have the majority this year, so much of this could not have happened.

Looking back on this really puts everything in perspective.  Thank you so much to all of the people who helped us get here!

November 16, 2017 General Membership Meeting Summary

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy – WE WON!  Voters passed the VSHS levy by almost 70%!  Thank you to everyone who helped get this levy passed!
The VSHSL will continue funding the services it did in 2017 through 2018.  For this first year, at least 50% of the levy will be spent on housing stability, which is broadly defined.
Take this survey and attend input sessions to help create this definition.

NOTE>>>I’m not sure what we were talking about with “HDC supporting Executive’s transition plan.  Council and RPC have lots of decision-making power…

Seattle Budget Advocacy – It has been phenomenal to see the turnout of passionate advocates at the City Council budget hearings!  To keep this momentum going, we need EVERYONE to show up at City Hall on Monday, November 20, at 2PM.

Even though the H.O.M.E.S. tax was voted down, the majority of council members support an employee head tax that goes toward homelessness.  Council members Gonzales and O’Brien are putting together a resolution for Monday to create a task force for an employee head tax.  This resolution needs to pass!

NOTE>>>This is all outdated now.  Should I still write something about Seattle budget advocacy, or just cut all of this?

December 14 Legislative Preview and Annual Member Meeting! — Our December 14 meeting will combine our traditional legislative preview with state electeds and our advocacy partners with our FIRST Annual Member Meeting! (register at www.homelessinfo.org).  Feel free to bring a resident or colleague!

Let us know:
1.  What do King County legislators need to know about your program, services, and experiences to do their best work in Olympia in 2018?
2.  What questions do you have for elected officials?
3.  How will you engage your clients, guests, residents, coworkers, Board members, volunteers, and neighbors who are speaking up during the 2018 Legislative Session?

Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy Renewal and Expansion: Advocacy Needed!

For over a decade, the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (formerly known as the Vets and Human Services Levy) has funded critical healthcare, supports, and housing for our neighbors who need them most, along with domestic violence, public health, and other services.

Executive Constantine recently transmitted a strong proposal to King County Council, expanding the levy to be 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Now we need to urge King County Council members to BUILD ON and INCREASE that proposal, and place it on the November 7, 2017 ballot. People like YOU can help make this happen!

Take Liz Werley-Prieto as an example. Liz is the Project Manager of shelter programs at DESC who spoke at the conference on June 1st. Liz eloquently addressed how the importance of funding the levy is born out through the interactions between service providers and those they serve. Read Liz’s testimony then take action using this link and information below

Read Liz’s testimony here from May 31, 2017 at King County Council:

My name is Liz and I work as the Project Manager of DESC’s shelter program, located right across the street. Since January first, the shelter program registered more than 800 homeless clients seeking shelter who had not interacted with DESC’s services before. Almost without exception, the primary need expressed by these individuals was a place to live, and as service providers we have had to set the expectation again and again that getting a home will almost certainly be a long and difficult process, or that it might not happen at all.

Being homeless has an impact on the mental and physical health of a population already disproportionately affected by disabling conditions. For those of us working in social services, the urgency of having funding at or above the level proposed by Dow Constantine for the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy is born out every day in our interactions with those we serve.

For a much larger proportion of those who live and work in King County, the need for this levy is evident in other ways. The number of people living outside is ever-growing which contributes to the creation of makeshift encampments and leads individuals to meet their needs in ways that are financially and socially costly.

Research published in 2016 found a 44% reduction in days spent hospitalized among housed individuals as compared to the homeless, and an inpatient hospital stay in Washington State costs about $2,900 per day. The levy at hand attempts to serve veterans, older people, and others, such as the homeless, in a way that anticipates their housing and behavioral health needs rather than paying for emergency interventions when they are inevitably required. It does not increase spending on these supports, it has in fact saved $7 million since 2012 by reducing emergency medical and criminal justice involvement.

The $54 per year for the average homeowner that the levy would cost at the proposed level is money that will lead to a higher quality of life for all residents of King County, and most dramatically for individuals impacted by severe mental illness or complicated medical conditions. I urge you to support the levy at least the twelve cents per thousand dollars rate being proposed.

Now we ask that you TAKE ACTION:

Introducing Maggie Malone, the Coalition’s Summer Intern

Hi all,

My name is Maggie Malone, current summer intern at the Coalition on Homelessness, primarily working with Project Cool. I am extremely excited to be a part of the team and hope I can use the knowledge I gain through this experience to better support and advocate for people who are homeless in King County.

I am currently entering my Sophomore year at Gonzaga University, where I intend to earn a bachelors degree in Human Physiology. I like music, travelling, hanging out with friends, running, and playing with my dog. I am originally from Seattle and it is very important to me that I take care of my home.

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I first heard of the Coalition through a family friend who volunteers for Project Cool each year with his coworkers. Project Cool especially sparked my interest because I saw it as a hands-on opportunity to give homeless students the preparedness and confidence to be able to get an education, which I wanted to be a part of. There is so much more to Project Cool than filling up backpacks. The form of advocacy that Project Cool exhibits, allows education to flourish and expands the horizon of support systems. I wanted to join the Coalition because it provides the chance to support a vulnerable population and enlighten others on how they can participate.

This summer, I will be coordinating Project Cool donation drop-off/pick-up sites, managing volunteer events, and providing general support for the Coalition’s database, website, social media, and fundraisers.

 

If you would like to get involved with Project Cool, here is what you can do:

  • Register to volunteer. Backpack filling days are July 14-21.
  • Host a school supply drive or fundraiser. Email us at projectcool@homelessinfo.org for tips and suggestions, or take a look at our 2017 Wish List
  • Donate to Project Cool securely online.
  • Tell your friends!

 

Autistic Insights from the Justice Leadership Program

I have been working as an intern at the Coalition as part of the Justice Leadership Program (JLP) since September. My other work in the program is to support the social justice outreach of the congregation of Prospect United Church of Christ. In the past 9 months in that role I’ve been to many church meetings, organized forums on nonpartisan ballot initiatives and homelessness, discussed morality with my representatives in Washington DC during Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and most recently – gave a sermon about existing authentically in church and society as an autistic agnostic queer human.

I preface every conversation I have about the program by explaining that I did not join the program because of the church aspect of it – the intentional community aspect and the opportunity to work for an organization like the Coalition are what appealed to me initially. The pulpit was not where I expected to be but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to talk to my congregation about some aspects of the autistic experience.

My supervisors here at the Coalition asked me to highlight a few key points from my sermon that pertain most to the people involved in our work. Early on in my sermon I defined autism, I specifically defined it in terms of differences instead of deficits because autism isn’t an inherently bad thing

Autism is a developmental disability in which our brains develop differently than those of the 98% of people who aren’t on the spectrum. The different ways the autistic brain develops affects our language and communication, cognition, sensory processing, motor control, and social behaviors. 

I went on to explain that autism is disabling because our society is not designed to work for autistic peopleA lot of our problems come from the ostracization that happens when we fail to intuitively grasp and follow the unwritten social rules of our society. Our marginalization is a major contributing factor to some worrying statistics:

  • My life expectancy is 16 years shorter than that of my non-autistic peers. If I had an intellectual disability it would be 30 years shorter.
  • The leading cause of death for autistic people like me, who don’t have intellectual disabilities, is suicide – we attempt suicide at a rate 28 x that of our nonautistic peers.

When I read the studies behind those statistics I wasn’t surprised. I have a lot of friends who are also on the spectrum and all of us have chronic health problems that are influenced by stress, all of us have depression, all of us have attempted suicide at least once. It’s obvious from my lived experiences and stories that I’ve heard from others that these problems are an effect of the common view of autism/autistic traits – which is that this is the wrong way to exist. Near the end of my sermon I explain that:

It is assumed that we are broken for not communicating the way that you do and that our goal in life should be to become more like you. Autistic people like me who can pass as nonautistic are constantly working to adapt to your social expectations. I am nearly constantly evaluating my body language and behaviors in relation to the rules I have in place for social interaction in different situations. 22 years of experience has taught me that if I deviate too far from the norm people will assume I’m unintelligent, my ideas won’t be taken seriously, and I will be scorned and avoided. And I’m one of the lucky ones, because not all of us can adapt to your norms. Not all of us can pretend to be normal long enough to land or keep jobs that we’re qualified for, for police to trust that we’re not a danger, for our medical concerns to be taken seriously, or to experience acceptance that doesn’t feel like one of those TV show episodes where we’re a life lesson for the cast regulars.

I concluded with the following tips for non-autistic people who want society to be a little bit better for autistic people:

  • Recognize that your assumptions are based in your experiences and perceptions of the world and that they aren’t universal – what comes naturally to you, especially in terms of body language, eye contact and speech patterns, does not come intuitively to everyone. Things like flapping your hands or not making normative amounts of eye contact aren’t hurting anyone and should be an accepted way of being.
  • When you’re planning events or meetings, think about how accessible the environment is beyond basic mobility and sound access. We process our environment differently than you do.Try to limit loud sudden sounds, intense smells (perfumes are the easiest to avoid), and touching without asking and waiting for a response.
  • Different people have different needs, ask what those are. 
  • Acknowledge that our thoughts and opinions have as much value as anyone elses.
  • Recognize that written or typed or otherwise nonverbal types of communication are as valuable as verbal communication.
  • Give us time to gather our thoughts and respond during conversations. People think and communicate at different speeds and taking longer to get things out of our mouths or fingertips does not invalidate what we’re saying.
  • Get to know the weird people in your life. Ask us about ourselves, our struggles, and our triumphs and truly listen even if the answers you get are unexpected. 

You can read the full sermon at this link.

 

Mi Casa es tu Casa – A night of vibrant Latin Jazz to benefit the Coalition on May 18

Get your tickets today!5-18-17_Mi Casa flier

Mi Casa es Tu Casa, Thursday May 18 at The Royal Room, will be more than just a high-energy Latin Jazz party to benefit The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.

The Wayne Horvitz/Simon Henneman Quintet opens the evening recreating Marc Ribot’s legendary 2000 release of Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos (Marc Ribot and the Prosthetic Cubans).
The original project was in honor of Arsenio Rodriguez, one of the chief popularizers of the Cuban musical form known as son, who wrote nine of the 10 tunes. Postizos, according to the Miami New Times, “doesn’t so much reproduce Rodriguez’s music as it reimagines it from a decidedly avant-garde perspective.”

As such it’s a fitting project for local luminaries Horvitz and Henneman, both steeped in mainstream jazz and a range of underground traditions, who have a fondness for interpreting the work of fellow genius travelers. Check it out and read on for more artists:

Subsequent sets by Todo Es and EntreMundos Quarteto will ramp up the party. Todo Es plays original material combining Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian sounds with contemporary Latin Jazz improvisation. EntreMundos Quarteto features traditional Brazilian music with jazz, funk, soul and world influences.

Listen to Todo Es here and check out this video of EntreMundos Quarteto in studio with KNKX Public Radio:

Tickets for the benefit show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30, the music starts at 8.

Advance tickets are available at tinyurl.com/musicforagoodcause

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. If advanced tickets are sold out, limited tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show (click here for Royal Room). The Royal Room is All Ages until 10pm.

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is a coordinating force on budget and policy decisions which directly affect the lives and futures of people who are homeless and the kind of community we all live in. The Coalition works to protect and strengthen the civil rights and dignity of people who are homeless and poor and promotes housing and human services at the local, state and federal levels.

Move-In Cost Assistance for Homeless individuals and families through CCS Hunthausen Fund

Our friends at Catholic Community Services want to make sure that case managers across our region know about this funding opportunity! Click here for a flyer and read on for details.

Catholic Community Services has funding available for King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County residents for move-in cost assistance through The Hunthausen Fund. This funding is referral-based; Case Managers will complete the application with potential recipients and send it to us for review. If the individual meets all of the outlined requirements and the application is complete, payment will be made directly to the landlord for First Month/Last Month/Deposit (as funding permits). This source is specifically for individuals and families moving from homelessness into public or private permanent housing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with move-in for transitional housing at this time.

If you’d like to get more information, please review the Program Overview or contact Victoria Anderson (425) 679-0340 or James Tolbert (253) 850-2505 with any additional questions you may have. Please also feel free to tell members of other agencies, as this funding is available to all service providers’ clients, so long as the individual meets the program requirements. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you to get your clients housed!