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.
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. In the interim, the Eastside Men’s Shelter is located at:
Lincoln Center, 555 116th Ave. NE.