A hotel that is part of King County’s Northern Seattle Health Through Housing initiative will be welcoming its first residents this week.
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The former Holiday Inn Express is reopening with a new purpose, according to a press release from the district board, “to provide a safe home for people emerging from chronic homelessness.”
The first 15 residents should move in by the end of the week, and around 100 should have moved in by the end of next week. This first group includes residents moving from a shelter in Renton and those without protection in the North Seattle area.
“When we announced these properties this summer, some openly questioned our resolve – but now people trapped in chronic homelessness are moving to a safe, dignified place,” said Dow Constantine, King County executive. “In just three months we went from shopping to opening doors and people resting their heads on their own pillows. And while we are setting an important milestone today, our work continues. Before we finish, around 1,600 people will be off the streets and on their way to better health, greater stability and a more promising future. “
There will be an on-site provider, DESC, who has a history of providing shelter, shelter, treatment and support services for people with homelessness. A meal service is provided for residents, along with 24/7 case management and a range of other services and support.
King County has seven other Health Through Housing properties that are currently in various stages of development. One of these properties – a former Extended Stay America in Federal Way – is currently serving as temporary emergency shelter for over 100 refugees from Afghanistan and is expected to continue to do so through the end of 2021. It will be a Health Through Housing location in 2022.
The new residents will be staying at the former Extended Stay America hotel, which was acquired in July as part of the #HealthThroughHousing initiative to accommodate people with chronic homelessness in King County.
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– Dow Constantine (@kcexec) October 26, 2021
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By the end of 2022, the district will have created up to 1,600 emergency shelters and permanent supportive housing units.
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