Mayor Ed Murray said the facility will be modeled on San Francisco’s Navigation Center, a dormitory-style site with showers, restrooms, laundry machines, lockers and dining facilities.
Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order Thursday setting in motion the creation in Seattle of a special 24-hour service center for people experiencing homelessness.
He said it will be modeled on San Francisco’s Navigation Center, a dormitory-style site with showers, restrooms, laundry machines, lockers and dining facilities.
The Navigation Center provides clients customized case management, mental- and behavioral-health services and connections to benefits and housing, Murray said.
The San Francisco site prioritizes and accommodates groups of people living on the street in areas with public-health and public-safety challenges, the mayor said.
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Murray said the model is a good option for people living in areas such as The Jungle, a stretch of Seattle homeless encampments under and along Interstate 5, where two people were fatally shot earlier this year.
The new Seattle center will allow partners, pets and possessions, which are barred from most traditional homeless shelters, he said. People sometimes stay on the street rather than adhere to such restrictions. The site will host up to 75 people and will open by the end of the year, said Murray, who’s visited the San Francisco center.
Funding will come in part from a new $600,000 state capital-budget allocation and Seattle will open a fund for private donations, the mayor said. Within 90 days, the city will put out a request for proposals from organizations to run the facility.
“Every single person living in an encampment has their own story, their own dignity and their own set of reasons for how they got where they are,” Murray said in a statement.
“This kind of comprehensive, person-centered approach has been used successfully in San Francisco to help people move from the streets back into permanent homes. We want to duplicate that success here.”