Bellevue supports regional efforts to prevent homelessness and make it 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 (from homelessness outreach coordinator, Bellevue Fire Cares and county Mobile Crisis Team), 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. Local service agencies operate shelters on the Eastside.
- 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.
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.