Month: December 2015

Shelter Expansion

In support of his declaration of a state of emergency for homelessness in King County, Executive Dow Constantine announced the opening of a new 50-bed homeless shelter inside the 420 Fourth Ave. building and expansion of the shelter inside the King County Administration Building from 50 to 100 beds – tripling the number of homeless shelter beds in county-owned buildings.

“Adding 100 shelter beds addresses immediate human needs and gets more people without homes off the street and out of the cold,” said Executive Constantine. “The new shelter will welcome pets – a critical accommodation for many who need to stay warm but understandably won’t abandon an animal companion.”

The county will open the new 50-bed shelter inside its vacant building at 420 Fourth Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 7 p.m.  The existing 50-bed shelter inside the King County Administration Building will be expanded to 100 beds on Monday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The City of Seattle is providing $225,000 to provide for additional oversight, staffing, security, and utilities.

Both shelters will remain open nightly through April 15. In both, the county is funding case management services to connect those in the shelters with housing resources. The Salvation Army will operate both shelters, with funds provided by King County and the City of Seattle.

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Coordinated Entry for All

All Home is in the process of developing Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) to ensure that all people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access and are quickly identified, assessed for, and connected to housing and homeless assistance based on their strengths and needs. It will use standardized tools and practices, incorporate a system-wide housing first approach, and coordinate assistance so that those with the most severe service needs are prioritized.

On Wednesday, December 16th, All Home, in partnership with King County and the City of Seattle, hosted a Community Meeting on Coordinated Entry for All (CEA). Thank you to all who were able to attend. Your input and regular communication are critical as we continue the efforts to refine and develop coordinated entry strategies that address the needs of all people experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Coordinated Entry for All please click here.