Permanent Men's Shelter

Shelter Preliminary Vision

Update (6/9/17): It's now anticipated that the councilmembers will discuss the proposed Eastgate LUCA revisions at an upcoming council meeting sometime in July. 

June 5 Council Meeting Update: The City Council approved, by a 6-1 vote, moving forward on the development of revisions to the Eastgate Land Use Code Amendment (LUCA) to potentially allow shelter use in this area. Included in the motion was the request to draft several other code provisions related to the shelter discussion. These include:

  • Provisions that would apply citywide to better define how shelter uses are permitted;
  • Prohibition of safe injection sites;
  • Options for stronger vehicle parking and camping in public places enforcement; and
  • Development of a public education campaign on panhandling.

Councilmembers also requested the city explore the Sound Transit Operations & Maintenance Facility: East property in BelRed as a potential site for the project. 

None of the council actions during the June 5 meeting amounted to a formal approval of the shelter project at Eastgate. Councilmembers could discuss the proposed LUCA revisions as early as June 26. 

Residents can email their comments about the project at any time to: EastsideMensShelter@bellevuewa.gov. All emails received at that address are provided to the City Council.

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Five Facts about the Proposed Permanent Men’s Shelter & Supportive Housing Project

  • The King County-owned site being studied is located at 14350 SE Eastgate Way, near the Eastgate Park & Ride.

  • Bellevue has hosted temporary low-barrier shelters in various neighborhoods since 2008.

  • In response to local Eastside need to address homelessness, establishing a permanent homeless shelter was formally adopted as a 2016-17 Council Priority.

  • The proposed project is a collaborative effort involving several regional partners. They include:

    • City of Bellevue - partner in developing an Eastside shelter serving single men
    • King County - property owner, operator of the existing public health clinic at the site and coordinator of regional funds for homelessness and affordable housing
    • Congregations for the Homeless - service provider and operator of shelters
    • Imagine Housing - service provider and developer of affordable and mixed-use housing projects

  • The proposed facility would include a 100-bed low barrier men’s shelter, the same size as has been operating at temporary locations in Bellevue in recent years. It would also include a day center and a component of permanent housing, along with an array of supportive services.

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