Mayor Durkan Announces Plan to Increase Seattle’s Bridge Housing and Shelter Capacity by 25% to Bring More People Inside and Into Safer Places
Seattle (May 30) – To help people experiencing homelessness get into safer places where they are more likely to access services, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced a new plan to increase the number of bridge housing and shelter units in the next 90 days by 25% to serve an additional 522 people every night.
Pending final approval by City Council, Mayor Durkan’s proposal would increase the number of bridge housing and shelter units in the next 90 days by 25%. Her plan would serve an additional 522 people every night by:
• Expanding enhanced shelter capacity to serve an additional 180 people;
• Creating bridge housing at Haddon Hall to serve 100 people through a master lease;
• Expanding City Hall’s basic shelter serving 120 people each night;
• Supporting Whittier Heights Women’s Village, a tiny home village serving 19 chronically homeless women; and
• Opening 54 tiny homes in South Lake Union and 30 new tiny homes at 18th and Yesler following community engagement and site approval. These tiny homes would serve approximately 103 people.
In addition, Durkan’s plan will provide funding for 163 basic shelter beds set to close at the end of May. Currently, the City of Seattle operates 2,032 shelter beds. This includes 1,185 enhanced shelter beds, 259 units in tiny home villages, and 588 basic shelter beds. However, the City-funded shelters and sanctioned encampments are at or near capacity; they are at least 93% full every night…
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