SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday announced up to $11.6 million in funding for shelters, day centers, and permanent housing to help pay for the costs of the initial phases of the coronavirus response.
The funding is also meant to help maintain higher-level services throughout the pandemic.
Officials said their ongoing efforts have helped create new shelters and temporary spaces that are designed to de-intensify shelters where large groups gather. The also said their efforts have helped the ongoing operation of day centers, and have allowed shelters and permanent housing to meet public health requirements.
With the funding, city officials said they expect to spend nearly $150 million in 2020 to support “Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.”
“Our city owes our homeless service providers a great debt. With our support they have been on the pandemic’s front lines, further protecting our most marginalized communities,” Durkan said.
The funding has been awarded to the following agencies:
Bailey Boushay House
Catholic Community Services
Catholic Housing Services
Chief Seattle Club, Compass Housing
Lake City Partners
Seattle Indian Center