Articles in the March 14 and March 21 issues of Real Change about a proposal to open a homeless shelter in downtown Kent said it would be the first "dedicated, year-round shelter" in South King County.
Jason Johnson, Human Services Coordinator for the City of Kent, called to say it wouldn't be the first.
The Multi-Service Center operates the Kent Family Shelter, which provides shelter for families using transitional housing, Johnson said.
We regret the error.
To find out more, I called the Multi-Service Center. The first thing the receptionist, said is that it's full.
"It's always full," said Shellee Hixon, adding that the waiting list is two- to six-months long. Once off the waiting list, families can stay for 28 days. Single men or women are not allowed.
"It's not like you could say, I'm homeless today, and tonight I need a place to stay," Hixon said.
Also in Kent, Catholic Community Services runs HOME, a shelter program for homeless men, but unlike the shelter proposed for downtown, it moves between eight Kent churches.
"It's kind of like tent city but indoors," said Anant Mehta, operations manager for Catholic Community Services.