Stepping in to fill a critical need, the King County Yesler Building will provide a temporary home for King County’s Sobering Support Shelter beginning Friday evening, January 7. The shelter will be overnight only from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week, providing health-supervised shelter for up to 35 people per night. King County is in the process of finalizing a longer-term location and the Sobering Support Shelter will move to that site as soon as it is ready.
King County’s Emergency Service Patrol provides 24/7 triage and transportation services for people with substance use issues in the downtown Seattle area and will bring individuals needing this type of shelter to the Yesler Building. They will be available in the morning to help people connect to other services, including the King County Jefferson Day Center in the 4th and Jefferson Building.
Pioneer Human Services, the County’s long-time sobering support shelter operator, will continue to provide the essential onsite services needed for this specialized shelter during its temporary stay in the Yesler Building.
The County has been seeking a permanent location for its sobering support shelter since the original location in Belltown closed several years ago. For nearly two years, King County has operated the services in the Recovery Café in the SoDo area. The Café, closed during the COVID emergency, provided a temporary home for the sobering shelter but is reopening in January to resume their services in support of people in recovery from homelessness, mental health and addiction.
King County is grateful to both Pioneer Human Services and the Recovery Café for their support and partnership as we continue to work towards establishing a permanent home for our sobering services.