Bellevue Cares

Bellevue supports regional efforts to prevent homelessness and make homelessness rare, brief and one-time when it occurs. In partnership with local community providers, the city supports a range of services, facilities, policies and enforcement, including:

  • Services to prevent homelessness – providing for basic needs, emergency financial assistance, counseling and treatment programs, medical care, employment opportunities, affordable housing.

  • Services for individuals experiencing homelessness – outreach, mental health resources, job retraining programs, housing assistance, and addiction treatment and counseling; life coaching, etc.

  • Facilities for individuals experiencing homeless – includes day centers, shelters and other facilities where homeless individuals can access the support they need to transition out of homelessness.

  • Policies - city policies provide the framework for Bellevue’s priorities and response. These policies are found in the Human Services chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.

  • Enforcement – Bellevue is committed to respond to behaviors and activities that don’t comply with existing city rules and regulations. This includes police and code enforcement response to unauthorized encampments on private or city-owned property, as well as any criminal activity.


Alex O'Reilly Human Services Manager



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Outreach to Homeless Individuals

Case Manager

In 2016, the city supported the addition of a case manager to provide direct street outreach to homeless individuals on the Eastside. 

Bellevue Fire CARES

When firefighters and police officers respond to incidents where needs are identified outside their scope of responsibilities, they can notify Fire CARES, which connects the individuals with community resources.   

Mobile Crisis Team

Bellevue Police collaborated with King County Community and Human Services to create a satellite office at the police station for staging field clinicians from the county's Mobile Crisis Team.

The MCT assists police officers in the field with persons experiencing a behavioral crisis. Once on scene, the clinicians provide triage, intervention, transportation and stabilization, and develop resource, referral and safety plans. 

Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness 

The Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness is composed of individuals representing religious congregations, religious organizations and secular organizations which work toward preventing and ending homelessness.  

Legal Constraints

Homelessness is a complex issue and local governments must tailor their responses to be in compliance with a handful of key court rulings. Below is a select list of governing case law. This information is not comprehensive and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

Search & Seizures

  • State v. Pentecost, 64 Wn.App 656, 825 P.2d 365 (Div. III, 1992)

  • State v. Cleator, 71 Wn. App. 217, 857 P.2d 306 (Div. 1, 1993)

  • United States v. Sandoval, 200 F.3d 659 (9th Cir. 1999)

4th Amendment unreasonable seizures & 14th Amendment procedural due process

  • Levan v. City of Los Angeles, 693 F.3d 1022 (9th Cir. 2012)

  • Russell v. City and County of Honolulu, No. 13-00475 LEK-RLP LEXIS 169114 (D. Haw. Nov. 29, 2013)

  • Martin v. City and County of Honolulu, No. 13-00363 HG-KSC, LEXIS 135071 (D. Haw. Oct. 1, 2015)

  • Acosta v. City of Salinas, 15-cv-05415, LEXIS 50515 (N.D. Cal. April 13, 2016)

  • Smith v. Corvallis, No. 6:14-cv-01382-MC, LEXIS 73205 (D. Or. June 6, 2016)

  • Ellis v. Clark County, No. 15-5449, LEXIS 126654 (W.D. Wa. Sept. 16, 2016)

14th Amendment substantive due process

  • Sanchez v. City of Fresno, 914 F. Supp. 2d 1079 (2012)

14th Amendment due process & vagueness

  • Desertrain v. City of Los Angeles, 754 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 2014)

  • Allen v. City of Sacramento, 234 Cal. App. 4th 41; 183 Cal. Rptr. 3d 654 (2015)

Fundamental right to travel

  • Pottinger v. Miami, 810 F. Supp. 1551 (S.D. Fla. 1992)

  • Veterans for Peace Greater Seattle v. City of Seattle, No. C09-1032 RSM, LEXIS 77040 (9th Cir. July, 24, 2009)

8th Amendment cruel & unusual punishment

  • Pottinger v. Miami, 810 F. Supp. 1551 (1992)

  • Davison v. City of Tuscon, 924 F. Supp. 989 (D. Ariz. March 13, 1996)

  • Veterans for Peace Greater Seattle v. City of Seattle, No. C09-1032 RSM, LEXIS 77040 (9th Cir. July, 24, 2009)

  • Bell v. City of Boise, 709 F.3d 890 (9th Cir. 2013)

  • Bell v. City of Boise, 993 F. Supp. 2d 1237 (D. Idaho 2014)

  • Martin v. City of Boise, No. 1:09-cv-00540-REB, LEXIS 134129 (9th Cir. September 28, 2015)

  • Smith v. Corvallis, No. 6:14-cv-01382-MC, LEXIS 73205 (D. Or. June 6, 2016)

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