Shelter and services for homeless families will begin in April at Mary’s Place. The Seattle Human Services Department announced on February 28, 2014 the award of $200,000 to Mary’s Place for a basic shelter for homeless families in Seattle. Mary’s Place was awarded the funding, which came from a City Council addition to the department’s 2014 budget, in a competitive “Letter of Intent” funding process. Up to 30 homeless families a month will be referred to the shelter from Family Housing Connection. Families will have access to hygiene services and meals at the shelter; space for the shelter has been donated by PEMCO. Services will start in April and continue through December 31, 2014.
Seattle and King County winter shelters offering beds for 215 individuals originally slated to close on April 15 will remain open for two more months through June 15. The City will extend 75 emergency shelter beds at City Hall and the winter shelter beds at Angeline’s Women’s winter shelter through June 15. In partnership with the City, King County will extend its 100 winter shelter beds at the King County Administration Building through June 15.The shelter extensions are possible in part due to an additional $150,000 in funding allocated by the City Council. A planning group convened by the Seattle Human Services Department, including representatives from King County, the YWCA, Operation Night Watch, Salvation Army, WHEEL and the Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness, met to discuss shelter needs and make recommendations on shelter extensions. For more information, see this news release.
HSD, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Animal Shelter conducted a highly successful emergency shelter exercise on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Yesler Community Center. As part of the City’s ongoing preparedness for disaster events, these City departments, along with Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Medical Reserve Corps, practiced activating a human shelter. Community members and city staff volunteered to act as shelter residents and participants included people with disabilities. This exercise also unveiled the City’s Pet Emergency Trailer-Seattle (PETS) unit, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The purpose of the exercise was to put employees and players in as a real a situation as possible to test how well prepared the City is for an emergency that would displace people and pets.
The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) invests more than $6.7 million annually from local and federal funding sources in emergency shelter programs for homeless people. This report, “City of Seattle Investments in Shelter Programs,” provides information on these investments, including a brief history of HSD investments, a description of the current funding sources and program services, and a look at populations served.