County unveils enhanced men's shelter attached to King County Jail

County unveils enhanced men's shelter attached to King County Jail

SEATTLE — King County unveiled a new homeless shelter attached to the King County jail.

The county converted a former work release space at the King County Correctional Facility to become a 40-bed men's shelter.

In addition to providing beds, the property will provide counselors, housing navigators and health care professionals, according to King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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On Thursday, Constantine acknowledged that a shelter connected to a jail was unconventional and that some people sheltered there will have had encounters with police.

“We know those interventions do not work to solve the cycle of homelessness, but an enhanced shelter like this -- 24-hours a day secure with services -- that can.  It is a place to break down the isolation of homelessness,” said Constantine.

This summer, the city will also open a modular housing project in the SoDo district to house people transitioning out of homelessness.

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