New report shows COVID-19 took a large bite out of Seattle shelter beds

A shelter with social distancing in place was temporarily set up at Seattle’s Exhibition Hall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter has since closed. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle lost around 300 shelter beds between December 2019 and 2020. The rest of the county lost even more — altogether, emergency shelter beds in King County dropped from 5,060 to 4,419 in a similar timeframe.

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