In the last three weeks, King County has done more to expand and humanize our shelter system than we’ve seen over the past four years of the “homeless state of emergency.”
We’ve reduced the intolerable overcrowding in our shelters, created capacity to move vulnerable people into hotels, and opened the respite beds that sick homeless people have desperately needed all along.
In a matter of weeks, 1,900 shelter spaces have been created. While most of that simply spreads existing shelter beds over more space to reduce contagion, 95 of those beds are new.
Read more in the Apr. 1-7, 2020 issue.