Permanent Winter Shelter – Community meetings to provide input
Sept. 29th and Oct. 27th, 7pm at Champion Centre Church (2649 145th Pl. SE, Bellevue)
Informal meetings about the proposed permanent men’s shelter and supportive housing project in Bellevue are being offered by the City of Bellevue. The public is invited to learn more, “ask questions, voice concerns and offer ideas to improve the services offered to homeless people on the Eastside.”
The Eastside Human Services Forum would like to offer the following information:
• The Eastside Winter Shelter for single men is a life-saving, low-barrier overnight shelter that provided a safe, warm place to stay for over 600 men last winter.
• Congregations for the Homeless offers a range of programs such as case management, access to health services, support for drug/alcohol assistance, and job search assistance. These programs are designed to provide a path from life on the street to stable, independent living.
• Last year CFH helped 82 men move on to permanent housing.
• Shelter is a point of entry on the path to housing. For many, the relationship building with shelter staff builds trust, leading some to seek to end their personal cycle of homelessness.
• Many of the men who accessed the shelter have an Eastside connection — with their supports being in this community, their jobs, and/or their former residence being here. In fact, about half of the men served at the winter shelter reported that their last known address was on the Eastside.
• Shelter providers receive many calls from community centers, libraries, churches, social services agencies, City Hall, and individual community members who have encountered the homeless and are trying to assist with finding safe shelter.
• Having a dedicated space for shelter, with adequate access to transit, also provides an opportunity to provide necessary day time services.
• Providing shelter is a shared responsibility of jurisdictions and community organizations throughout the Eastside.
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