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mother-childOpen House/Dedication - Coming in June; date TBD

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Mary’s Place collaborated to open a shelter in March at the former Public Health Clinic in White Center for families experiencing homelessness. The shelter provides a temporary home, meals, hygiene services and onsite case management assistance in providing access to health care, employment, permanent housing and other support services to help each family move toward self-sufficiency. Read more about Mary's Place here.

The shelter serves up to 70 people. While improvements are underway at the building, residents will have access to offsite hygiene facilities.

 

Go to the Mary's Place website or call the shelter at 206-248-7837 to make arrangements to drop off donations.

Contact Valerie Kendall at 206-263-9076.

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White Center Community turns out to work and support the shelter.

Mary’s Place held two community work parties to get the shelter space ready for families.

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Dory is not the only one smiling!

Liz McDaniel of Mary’s Place was thrilled to accept 30 sets of sheets from the employees at King County Department of Community and Human Services for the tuck them in sheet drive.

Common Questions

The enhanced shelter model is proven to be more successful in helping people who are experiencing homelessness find permanent housing. The 24-hour model, case management, housing and employment services, and transportation to service agencies are instrumental in assisting people.

 A recent report from Focus Strategies, a national firm specializing in strategies to address homelessness, recommended that King County shift its shelter system to an enhanced model designed to connect homeless households to housing. The national best practice performance target for this type of shelter is an exit rate from shelter to permanent housing of 50 percent.

There are more than 100 people who are homeless in the White Center area and many more who are at risk of homelessness who have reached out for help via 211 and other venues. There are no other shelter options in White Center. Current estimates from the Highline School District indicate that there are over 70 homeless school age children from the district from over 35 families. 

Open letter from DCHS Director Adrienne Quinn discussing the genesis of the White Center Shelter, efforts to address homelessness, and community conversations about the shelter.

The old White Center Public Health Center is well laid out for a shelter, with separate spaces for eating and sleeping. It is adjacent to a food bank and is on a bus line that serves major employment centers. This building can be put to use bringing in White Center residents who are sleeping outside.

King County consulted with both the Food Bank and SW Youth and Family Services during site review. Both are agreeable to having the shelter join them at this location. DCHS and Mary's Place will work with both agencies to ensure communication and successful operations for all tenants.

Mary's Place works closely with the Highline School District, hospitals and other outreach workers who will provide direct outreach to people in White Center who are homeless. In addition, King County and partners will work with existing human services providers in White Center to get the word out that the beds and case management services are available.

More information

  • Contact Valerie Kendall at 206-263-9076.
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