King County Homelessness Emergency Response
"Throughout King County government, we are constantly asking: what resources can we leverage to help people off the streets. What innovations can we deploy? What new approach can we try? These questions become all the more urgent as the days become shorter and colder. These actions will help bring more people inside for the winter and provide more outreach to those living on sidewalks, and in doorways, and parks."
Dow Constantine, King County Executive
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined County Councilmembers, the City of Seattle and other regional leaders in declaring a State of Emergency around homelessness in November 2015. King County led with numerous strategies to increase the affordable housing supply, expand the crisis response system, and look to root causes of homelessness as identified by One Table. Shortly after that announcement, the Executive opened a homeless shelter with space for pets in the County-owned Fourth and Jefferson Building.
At the direction of Executive Constantine, every King County department has been charged with identifying surplus facilities and properties that could be utilized in the fight against homelessness. In 2017, King County converted a former Public Health clinic in White Center and a Sheriff’s Office facility in Kenmore into family shelters, operated by Mary’s Place. In 2018, the Executive announced additional new housing and shelter activities, including piloting modular construction. Several opened at the end of 2018 and others will open in 2019.
Hours of operation: 24/7 OPENS Summer 2019
# of beds/units 72 people
Program: Enhanced shelter with case management and a path to housing. Serving single adults. People will be able to bring a pet and some possessions into the shelter. Learn more about Elliott Modular Shelter.
Operator: Catholic Community Services
Hours of operation: 7:00 pm to 7:00 am Opened: December 21, 2018
Program: Opened as an overnight shelter and potentially ramping up to an enhanced 24/7 shelter in 2019. Serves single adults, both women and men. Pets are welcome.
Learn more about Harborview Hall.
# of beds/units 100 people
Operator Salvation Army
Hours of operation 24/7 Target Opening Date: March 2019
# of beds/units: 40 to start and expanding to up to 100 adults
Program: Temporary (at least 2 years) 24-hour enhanced shelter for single adults with onsite case management, housing navigation, connections to community services, meals (brought in), meeting spaces, storage for personal belongings, and showers. Learn more about the West Wing Shelter
Hours of operation:7 AM to 7 PM
Target Opening Date: January 31, 2019
Serving: 100 single adults
Program: Onsite case management, connections and referral to community services, housing navigation, employment services and other supports for people experiencing homelessness. Bathrooms available; showers coming online in 2019. Learn more about the Jefferson Day Center.
Operator: Salvation Army
Hours of operation: 24/7
# of beds/units 48 people in six dormitory buildings
Program: Bridge Housing serves as transition from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Provides a stable address to commute to employment or health care appointments, access to onsite services like case management, housing navigation and connections to community services, and serves single adults and couples. Learn more about the SODO Bridge Project.
Operator: Chief Seattle Club
Hours of operation: 24/7 OPENS Fall 2019
# of beds/units 20 Units for approximately 25 people
Program: modular construction of permanent supportive housing for single adults and couples. Learn more about the Studio Homes Project.
Operator: Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)
Hours of operation 24/7 OPEN Now
Program: Family shelter serving moms, dads, and kids. Learn more about Mary's Place Family Center in Northshore.
# of beds/units 80 people
Operator Mary’s Place
Hours of operation: 24/7 OPENS: Currently in Design phase. Opening TBA
# of beds/units 80-100
Program: Permanent supportive housing with onsite case management to ensure people are successful in their housing. A community health clinic with both physical and behavioral health services will open on the first floor of the building, open to residents and to the public. The building will also include meeting spaces and common areas. Learn more about the Shoreline Modular Permanent Supportive Housing Project.
Operator: Community Psychiatric Clinic (operator)
Hours of operation: 24/7 OPEN: Now
# of beds/units 70 People
Program: enhanced shelter, case management, housing and employment services, and transportation to service agencies are instrumental in serving families. Learn more about the White Center Shelter.
Operator: Mary's Place