Eastside homeless shelters open

November 22, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The onset of dreary autumn weather and the approaching winter focused attention on the need for homeless shelters on the Eastside.

Issaquah municipal government, plus local governments in other Eastside cities, faith groups and nonprofit organizations joined to form a shelter for local homeless people.

What to know

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Men

  • 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. nightly through March 15
  • St. Peter’s United Methodist Church
  • 17222 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Women and Families

  • 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. nightly through March 15
  • Salvation Army
  • 911 164th Ave. N.E., Bellevue

Officials estimate about 300 to 500 people sleep outdoors on the Eastside each night. In order to offer homeless people a place to stay, the cities and other groups collaborated to open shelters in Bellevue.

Organizers planned to open the shelters Nov. 2 and continue to offer a place to stay for homeless people through March 15. The shelters also offer clients a meal.

“We want to first ensure the safety and health of all individuals and families in Bellevue and on the Eastside,” Emily Leslie, Bellevue human services manager, said in a statement. “By providing shelter to homeless individuals and families, we’re offering a lifeline and helping them take a critical step on their journey out of homelessness.”

In addition to the cities, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, The Sophia Way, Congregations for the Homeless, and other congregations and individuals came together to support the project.

Organizers created separate shelters — both in Bellevue’s Crossroads area — for men and another for homeless women and families with children. The shelter for men can accommodate up to 50 clients and the other shelter can house up to 15 people.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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