This page is part of the Peace Heathens' Seattle Crisis Resource Directory.
Women-and-Family Shelters (no men) |
Family Shelters (men allowed as part of family) |
Youth Shelters |
Pierce, Snohomish, and Skagit County Shelter Resources |
Link to "safe houses" for for women escaping domestic violence. |
More transitional housing resources under Housing / Utilities.
Homeless shelters in Seattle are usually at or near capacity, especially in cold weather. We strongly recommended that, if possible, you phone to ask about openings instead of showing up on the doorstep of one shelter after another. You will be less stressed out, and so will they. The Community Information Line (first listing here, just dial 2-1-1) is generally the single best source of information on which shelters currently have space.
Community Information Line
Besides being a generally good entry point to the social services system, the Community Information Line has daily updates on any available bed space in women and family shelters. (Also a good entry point for men seeking shelter, but this information is not updated daily.)
This is a daytime-only, non-emergency number (M-F, 8am - 6pm).
hours, this phone transfers to the Crisis Line
or you can call the Crisis Line direct (206-461-3222, 1-866-427-4747).
Nighttime drop-in center at 302 14th Avenue South (between Yesler & Jackson on the corner of 14th and Main). Open nights, not days. Screening and referrals done every night starting 9pm until midnight. Please do not arrive early.
Single men who wish to use Operation Nightwatch must be referred by Downtown Emergency Service Center (a.k.a. DESC, 517 Third Ave) or the Bread of Life Mission (97 S. Main). Please check with these agencies for distribution times and availability. Referrals are not required for women.
Age 18 and over only. Operation Nightwatch no longer is able to assist families with children.
Provides emergency and transitional shelter for women and men, 18 and over. Please call for information regarding admission or for more information.
Downtown Emergency Service Center
Women age 18+ (no minors), men 60+, men 18-59 if severely disabled, mentally ill, physically or developmentally disabled, medically/physically compromised, chemically dependent (and working with a counselor).
Do not telephone for shelter availability. They are rarely able to answer phone, and do not return calls regarding shelter.
Screenings for 15 shelters for adults (some shelters are co-ed, but there are no family or couples facilities, men and women sleep separately). All screenings take place at the Josephinum, 1902 Second Ave. Screenings are at the following times:
SHARE also operates Tent City (which has had to move periodically).
Contact the Community Information Line (206-461-3200 /1-800-621-4636) for the current location of Tent City.
Saint Martin dePorres Shelter
Free shelter for older, homeless men (age 50+). 212 mats, day respite
program, clothing and housing assistance. Must catch bus at 416
Second Ave Extension S., 6-7 p.m.
Union Gospel Mission
Shelter for men, no fee, following chapel at 7 p.m. 110 mats available.
William Booth Center
Men's facility. Breathalizer, drug test required. Several options:
Other Shelter Resources for Men
Other Shelter Resources for single women
Salvation Army Women's Shelter
Shelter for single women age 18+.
Noel House Women's Referral Center
Women only shelter, 18+, 40 beds, referrals to other shelters. Evening
meals. Doesn't turn away women with
mental/physical disabilities or addiction issues. Open registration
nightly 6-8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Shelter
Shelter for families and single women 18 & over. Families
or 2-parent) with children 13 and under. (Single fathers with
YWCA Emergency Shelter
28 days emergency shelter for women with or without children. Meals
Call for screening.
Hope Place: Union Gospel Mission Women and Family Shelter
Single women & women with children (including male children up to age 18.) They say "Many we serve suffer from years of drug and alcohol abuse or physical abuse and are in need of long-term care."
Solid Ground Family Shelter
Up to 3 months shelter for single-parent and 2-parent families. Can accommodate families with large numbers of children, including older teens.
Solid Ground is the former Fremont Public Association.
Seattle Indian Center
Hostel for single working men, $15 per night
Compass Center's Family Support Program
Emergency shelter program for all types of families that include at least one 18+ year-old adult with legal/physical custody of 1 or more children 18 years or younger. 5 apartment units, with a stay up to 120 days. Program includes case manager and community referrals.
Only reachable by phone. The best time to call is Monday or Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seattle Emergency Housing Services
Call Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1-4:30 p.m. No walk-ins. Shelter for
(households of 4 or more with children 17 years or younger. Children have
to be in school.).
$28 a week if able to pay.
Hopelink Emergency Family Shelter
9-unit shelter in Kenmore provides up to 3 weeks shelter for
Greater Seattle and Eastside families seeking permanent housing.
YWCA South King County Family Shelters
YWCA South King County operates 28-day family shelters in Kent, Renton,
and Auburn for families with at least one child under 18. Call for screening 425-255-1201. Might need to leave a return phone number for call back, or at least leave name to get on list for shelter.
Other Shelter Resources for families
Roots Young Adult Shelter
18-25 yr olds welcome. Open 7 nights a week. Show up 8:20-8:30 pm to get on the list. First come first served. Doors open 9:00 pm. Referrals, etc. available, but no strings attached. ID may be required (especially if you look near the high end of the age range).
Every night at University Methodist Temple, 15th NE and NE 43rd
La Ba Te Yah Youth Home Community
Transitional housing for homeless young adults ages 18-23. Part of the
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. Call for
info. All races welcome.
Other Shelter Resources for youth
Pierce, Snohomish, and Skagit County Shelter Resources
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