Homelessness in Bellevue
Over the past several years, the number of unsheltered people have steadily increased on the Eastside. In 2015-16, over 1,200 men, women and children received temporary shelter and other services. The “one night count” of homeless on the Eastside increased from 134 in 2015 to 245 in 2016.
People get help at The Sophia Way.
The city is engaged in multiple efforts to address homelessness, including:
- hiring a dedicated homeless outreach specialist;
- alliances with Eastside cities and King County’s All Home initiative; and
- supporting faith organizations and nonprofits that provide shelter and other services.
In addition, the city is striving to address root causes. The city is developing an affordable housing strategy.
The vast majority of people on the Eastside who struggle to find shelter are from the Eastside. For years, Eastside communities have been coordinating a regional response (It's Your City article). Redmond hosts a shelter for young adults, while Kirkland provides shelter for women and families. Bellevue supports prevention services that keep people out of homelessness, in addition to providing a shelter for adult men .
If you’re homeless or are in danger of being unsheltered, Washington State 2-1-1 offers a comprehensive database of community resources, searchable by location. You can also contact Danette at Congregations for the Homeless (425-296-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to help?
Residents, visitors and businesses interested in helping those in need can volunteer their time or donate to the following: