Overnight shelter for adults, pets opening at historic Harborview Hall

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SEATTLE — King County is opening a new homeless shelter in a vacant building on Seattle's First Hill.

The historic Harborview Hall building at 326 Ninth Avenue, across from Harborview Medical Center, will be available to as many as 100 adults and their pets for overnight shelter starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

The shelter is on part of an unused space on the first floor of the building and will be operated by the Salvation Army, which will use a bed reservation system to reduce the number of people having to wait outside.

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The shelter has storage for those who want to secure their belongings during the day and then return in the evening. The shelter is open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week.

Harborview Hall, which was built in 1931, was used to house nurses studying and working at the hospital.

Most recently, it was used as office and research space before being locked up about eight years ago.

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