KIRKLAND, Wash. (October) –Earlier this month, the King County Department of Community and Human Services, Housing and Community Development announced approval of capital funding in the form of a loan of up to $2,000,000 to construct the shelter located in Kirkland for women and families with children experiencing homelessness.
In addition to capital funds, a conditional award of operating and services funding from the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy will be available for operation of the Kirkland Shelter for Families and Women of $500,000 per year up to a maximum of $2,500,000 for up to five years. When completed, the shelter, which will be located at 8045 120th Avenue NE in Kirkland, will provide up to 50 beds for families with children and 48 beds for women.
“Securing this funding was a vital step to moving this important project forward,” said Mayor of Kirkland Amy Walen. “On behalf of the Kirkland City Council and all of the parties that have been working tirelessly to make this project a reality, I would like to thank the King County Department of Community and Human Services for their support in making this shelter a reality.”
In addition to the support of the County, the City of Kirkland ($1.15 million), A Regional Coalition for Housing/ARCH ($1.224 million), the State of Washington ($2.35 million), and other Eastside Cities ($0.2 million), private fundraising efforts led by The New Bethlehem Project and The Sophia Way are well on their way to meeting their goal of $2 million.
In early 2017, the City of Kirkland entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and Salt House Church to secure a Kirkland site for a permanent shelter for women and families with children. The Shelter will be constructed by Catholic Housing Services, with the family services provided by Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Western Washington and the women’s services provided by The Sophia Way. The core component of the Kirkland Shelter for Families and Women is low‐barrier access in an environment that is welcoming to all. CCS and The Sophia Way will provide case management for clients, which will be focused on obtaining housing and addressing other areas of need — offering a path from homelessness to stable independent living. The City anticipates that construction of the Kirkland Shelter for Families and Women will be completed in 2020.