Protesters continue demonstrating against homeless shelter expansion in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood

King County wants to expand the shelter that currently serves 270 people. The county plans to add additional resources so that an additional 150 people can receive help.

SEATTLE – King County’s plan to expand a shelter near Seattle’s Chinatown-International will provide additional space, a wake-up center and behavioral health support.

However, some people who live nearby say there isn’t enough outreach and they have a lot of questions for the county.

In the downtown Seattle area, about 750 people are sleeping outside each night, and the county plan will help bring more people inside, according to the county.

Another week brought another protest with one over the SODO shelter-in-place expansion plan. Last Tuesday, community members gathered in the King County Council Halls, and on Monday people protested in front of the shelter.

The shelter currently has 270 beds. The plan is to create space for an additional 150 people. Part of the expansion involves adding pallet houses.

Protesters say they want to know the county’s public safety plan is to protect people in shelters and surrounding neighborhoods.

“They have said it and I agree with it, people experiencing homelessness are not dangerous,” said Leo Flor, Director of the Department of Communities and Human Services. them, I can’t think of a better way to make people experiencing homelessness safer than bringing them inside instead of letting them out to prey on them. “

According to Seattle police, data shows that in Chinatown-International, the number of violent crime reports has increased from 175 in 2020 to nearly 250 in 2021. This year has seen more than 200 violent crime call.

On September 21, in an interview, Director Adrian Diaz talked about the fact that there were at least ten places offering shelter and, or services within a 30-minute walk from the SODO website.

“Maybe we should just take a step back and really assess what the service level is like in one area because another can really make an impact, almost permanently damaging the environment.” neighborhood,” said Sheriff Diaz.

Flor said the county is continuing to plan for the shelter.

“At SODO here, we will continue to chat with the community about how this facility can contribute to a safer environment for residents here and for those in and around the shelter.” Flor said.

The county provides security at the shelter now. As the county looks to expand, Flor said it will work on the public safety plan with the City, the Regional Homeless Administration and community members.

Clock: New details on SODO . homeless plan

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Edmund DeMarche

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