The City Council Vision priorities direct the city to “work toward an Eastside solution for a permanent location for a men’s winter homeless shelter.”
This priority echoes the council’s adopted 2014 Diversity Advantage plan. The plan includes an action item for “supporting the establishment of a year-round homeless shelter on the Eastside.”
These directive actions are consistent with Comprehensive Plan policies adopted in 2015 including:
- HO-35: Support regional efforts to prevent homelessness, and make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time when it occurs. Provide a range of affordable housing options and support efforts to move homeless persons and families to long-term financial independence.
- HO-36: Collaborate with other jurisdictions and social service organizations to assure availability of emergency shelter and day centers that address homelessness.
- HS-14: Support agencies locating human service facilities in Bellevue and, where appropriate, encourage efficiencies through agency collocation and collaboration.
- HS-18: Support an intentional local community response to homelessness with housing and supportive services provided to families, youth and single adults.
Recent Updates & Community Informational Meeting
- Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) has continued negotiations with King County on the purchase of the surplus King County Solid Waste site (13620 SE Eastgate Way) for a permanent men’s shelter and affordable housing campus, together called the Eastgate Housing Campus.
- CFH has now formally partnered with Inland Group, Horizon Housing Alliance and Plymouth Housing to develop the 9+ acre Eastgate Housing Campus site.
- More history on the site selection, partners and design process can be found at the CFH News web site section.
- Inland Group submitted a Master Development Plan Permit to the City of Bellevue for this site.
- CFH recently submitted a Pre-Application per Land Use Code 20.20.455 to the city for development and use of the Eastgate Housing Campus site.
- A virtual Community Informational Meeting was held Nov. 5, 2020, to review and collect feedback on the pre-application for development of the Eastgate Housing Campus site.
- The Community Informational Meeting provides an early, open dialogue between the applicant, the operator and surrounding property owners.
Winter Shelter History
Since the winter of 2008, Bellevue has hosted a low-barrier men’s shelter, located at interim sites in four different neighborhoods: Crossroads, Northeast Bellevue, BelRed, downtown and Wilburton. A day services center has also operated downtown.
Recognizing the challenges of a temporary shelter, the City Council set a goal to establish the shelter at a permanent location. As of September 2019, thanks to generous community financial support, the temporary shelter will be located at Lincoln Center in Bellevue to use until Fall of 2022.
Lincoln Center, 515B 116th Ave. NE.