DCHS developing 5 enhanced shelters for homeless individuals, families 

Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter  


Liz McDaniel of Mary’s Place was thrilled to accept 30 sets of sheets from the employees at King County Department of Community and Human Services for the tuck them in sheet drive.

The first of five enhanced shelters for homeless single adults and homeless families opened in March, and two more are moving forward!

White Center – The Family Shelter at White Center operated by Mary’s Place is open and providing safe, temporary housing for about 30 people (parents and children), which is the current capacity. Thanks to the Evergreen Aquatics Center, additional shower capacity is available just a short distance away. Construction is currently under way at the site, including plumbing additional onsite showers. Once that work is complete, the shelter capacity will stretch to about 70 residents. The shelter is open 24/7 with onsite case management and a range of other services. Meals are provided and families have the privacy of their own space for sleeping, in addition to common spaces for eating, socializing, playrooms for toddlers and homework tables for school-age children and youth. The community remains involved in the shelter, with a community work group meeting taking place in May to talk about operations to date. A community open house will be scheduled for early June. This location will house homeless families for about two years while planning gets under way for the permanent use of the land, likely a combination of human services and permanent housing in conjunction with Communities of Opportunity.

Kenmore – A community meeting sponsored by the City of Kenmore, Mary’s Place and King County has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Northshore Fire Department Headquarters at 7220 NE 181st Street in Kenmore to discuss a proposed 24-hour resource center and family shelter. The shelter would be located on county-owned land, the vacant King County Sheriff’s precinct at 18118 73rd Ave NE in Kenmore. Representatives from Mary’s Place will talk about the services that Mary’s Place provides and how this shelter will help address the homelessness crisis in our region.

Bellevue – The Bellevue City Council voted on April 17 to move forward with planning for the Eastside Men’s Shelter and Supportive Housing project on land owned by King County near both the Eastgate Public Health Clinic and the Eastgate Park-n-Ride. The Council also agreed to a 45-day exploration period to determine the viability of two potential alternative sites for the shelter – the Lincoln Center office building at 515 116th Ave. NE and the future Eastside Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility at 1899 120th Ave. NE. At the council study session on May 1, the City Council will review and comment on a set of criteria for this exploration. Bellevue is committed to a new 24/7 homeless men’s shelter with permanent housing above. Some Bellevue residents have voiced strong opposition to homeless men and the siting of a shelter in the proposed neighborhood.

Two more enhanced shelters are in the discussion and planning stages. Stay tuned!

For more information, contact Valerie Kendall with DCHS’ Housing and Community Development team at 206-263-9076 or valerie.kendall@kingcounty.gov.

To learn more about what DCHS is doing in our community, read the most recent issue of the Touching Base Newsletter (on SharePoint).