Back in April, the office of Mayor Ed Murray announced his plan to partner with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to open a 100-bed shelter in a city owned building. Late last month, the mayor’s office announced their selection of a location in Lower Queen Anne at an old City Light building at 157 Roy Street. The location is currently vacant.
The Queen Anne View blog shared the press release about the selection announcement, which noted that the shelter will open in two phases this fall. Each phase will include the addition of 50 beds, for the eventual total of 100 beds. It will be available to homeless men who are either disabled or 60 years of age or older. Each resident will be screened and referred from the DESC location downtown (and given bus passes to travel to the shelter). This referral-based method is intended to hopefully prevent any lines or loitering outside the shelter in Lower Queen Anne.
When it opens, the overnight emergency shelter in Uptown will be open only from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., with daytime access limited to janitorial and shelter staff.
According to Mayor Murray, “These encampments will provide a safer community environment than sleeping under a highway overpass or on a park bench. Residents will have improved access to services and we hope to open the door to permanent housing as quickly as we can.”
A petition is currently going around to ask Mayor Murray to allow public discussion and votes before making the decision on this shelter final.
If you have questions or concerns relating to this or other shelters or encampments, contact Human Services Department representative Kim von Henkle by email or call 206-615-1573. A community meeting will be held to discuss this shelter on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m. at the Seattle Center Armory, Loft Room #2 (305 Harrison Street).
Featured photo source: MidCenturyMundane.wordpress.com.