King County joins with Harborview Medical Center to open COVID-19 recovery site

From King County Executive press release on March 21, 2020 Summary King County has joined with Harborview Medical Center to repurpose Harborview Hall to serve as an 45-bed COVID-19 recovery site primarily focused on helping the most vulnerable in our community. Story In a continuing effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in…

Social Distancing: How It Affects Shelters and Day Centers?

Executive Constantine at a press conference on the morning of March 16 A New Local Health Order To curb the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Dr. Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directs public health actions effective Monday, March 16 which: Prohibits all gatherings with more than 50 people…

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Answering Questions about COVID-19 and Homeless Shelter Planning

Updated 02-28-2020 King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and its Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD) have been working closely with the City of Seattle Human Services Department and our partners at Public Health—Seattle & King County to coordinate regional COVID-19 planning and preparation for assisting people experiencing homelessness. Together, we…

Severe Weather Emergency Shelter Services Extended to January 16th

The King County Department of Community and Human Services is extending its expansion of 50 additional emergency shelter beds at the King County Administration Building in light of continued freezing temperatures and snow. King County’s Severe Weather Shelter will be open Thursday night, January 16th, with expanded capacity for 50 people who identify as men. …

Count Us In 2020

Written by: Felicia Salcedo, All Home The All Home team is hard at work planning Count Us In 2020, King County’s Annual Point in Time Count (PIT) of persons experiencing homelessness across King County. This year’s count will take place from 2-6am on Friday, January 24. The purpose of the annual PIT Count is to…

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How We Use Data to Combat Racial Disparities in Homeless Housing

Written by: Victoria Ewing, Evaluator, Homeless and Housing Understanding and Improving Coordinated Entry Prioritization Over the past year, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) has partnered with C4 Innovations to analyze the racial equity impact of homeless housing prioritization tools used across the country. C4’s report, published in October 2019, found that one…