The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has expanded emergency resources in response to the winter weather event that is impacting the Seattle region, opening over 550 emergency beds during the snowstorms.
HSD and King County Department of Community and Health services are coordinating with human services providers to deploy housing and supportive services at emergency shelters and warming centers this week. Services may include housing assessments, medical services and diversion funding. More details on resources and events to connect shelter clients to resources are developing.
The City strongly encourages all individuals living unsheltered to utilize these shelter resources during these storms. HSD has activated the following resources for people living unsheltered:
Shelter and Warming Resources:
- Ernestine Anderson Place (2010 S Jackson), which is operated by Low Income Housing Institute, has opened its lobby as an overflow emergency shelter. This resource will remain open through Monday, February 18.
- Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N) opened Monday, February 11 at 3pm and will operate as a shelter and warming center through Monday morning, February 18. This shelter will have space for 120 people.
- Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (301 Mercer St) severe weather shelter has been extended through Monday morning, February 18. No one will be turned away from this shelter. Medical services are available at the nearby Seattle Center Armory, which is serving as day-time warming shelter.
- Garfield Community Center (2323 E. Cherry St) has been opened as a warming and overnight emergency shelter for all populations including families with children, and people living in vehicles. This shelter will operate 24 hours a day through the morning of Monday, February 18. People may access shelter at any time. Referral forms are NOT required. Medical and case management services are being provided throughout the week.
- Mary’s Place Family Shelter (312 Dexter Ave N) Open 24 hours. Call the King County Coordinated Family Intake Line at 206-245-1026 or drop in at 312 Dexter Ave N.
- King County Administrative Building (500 4th Ave) is open for emergency overnight and daytime shelter for adults 18+ through the week. Please check here for updates on King County emergency resources.
Additional warming centers and emergency centers are open throughout the City. Please see the list for more detailed information on locations and contact information. If you are concerned about an individual living unsheltered, or in need, call 2-1-1 a resource line that can help connect an individual to resources. When the 2-1-1 line isn’t open, the 24-hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747 can provide information that the City provides on warming shelters.
Aging and Disability Services:
- HSD staff members and community partners are calling approximately 700 “high-risk” Aging and Disability case management program clients and their caregivers to ensure that they are safe, have access to a 5-day food supply and a back-up plan if their caregiver is unable to get there.
- All scheduled Meals on Wheels are being delivered to clients.
- Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank is open normal operating hours and serving meals at 8:20 a.m. and noon every day.
- Please contact Community Living Connections (1-844-348-5464) if you are an older adult, adult with a disability, caregiver, or concerned about an older adult in need of assistance.
Food Bank & Meal Service Status:
Below are food banks and meal services that are open today (Wednesday, February 13):
If it is an emergency, contact Seattle Police by calling 9-1-1. SPD has transport vans to take people to warming centers and shelters.
The City of Seattle’s Navigation Team and Seattle Police are contacting individuals living in unmanaged encampments throughout Seattle, connecting people to shelter. SPD has two large transportation vans and can bring people to shelter. On Tuesday, February 12, Navigation Team members and SPD helped 11 people travel to shelter and made 44 contacts people living unsheltered.
HSD will provide additional updates regarding Aging and Disability Services and food bank programs as information becomes available.