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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