building a new shelter
A two-level 100-bed full-time emergency shelter and day center in Kirkland, for adult women and families with children experiencing homelessness. The New Bethlehem Project (a program of Catholic Community Services) will offer services, on the first floor, to families with children. The Sophia Way will offer services, in the second floor, to single adult women.
The shelter will meet people's basic needs for safety, warmth, comfort, hygiene, and nutrition.
There will be personalized and comprehensive housing and case management help along with support in accessing medical, mental health, employment, and other vital services.
There are more than 11,000 women, men, and families with children living in King County and experiencing homelessness every day. They are struggling to survive - afraid and without basic support. And until our communities can generate the will and resources to create adequate, affordable housing, we are compelled to put our expertise to help as many of those experiencing homelessness on the Eastside as we can.
We know how to alleviate the pain experienced by so many living the nightmare of homelessness. And we know how to help them begin to lessen the trauma that continually haunts them. Equally important, we know how to leverage all available resources to help find and place as many into housing as we can. The cumulative toll of human suffering and the increasing effects from the trauma hundreds of women and families are experiencing on the streets is why we must act now.
The proposed new shelter, a vital capital project, will alleviate significant levels of human pain while reducing some of the barriers that perpetuate our communities' homeless tragedy. The shelter will do more than take people off the streets for a night; it will provide a bed and private space with 24/7 access to housing and case management services to keep people alive, safe, and supported as they work to rebuild their lives.
Homelessness in King county: 2017
- 3,500 in shelters
- 2,700 in transitional housing
- 5,400 without shelter
- Over 1,440 children from Eastside schools
- 169 deaths on the streets
Sources: A Point in Time statistics; McKinney Vento reports for 2017; King County Medical Examiner