The City of Redmond, along with its partners, is doing many things to address the issue of homelessness. But more needs to happen. Get inspired with these ideas to help you become part of the solution.
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City of Redmond
Government has a role to play in addressing this challenging issue. The City strives for a balanced approach that emphasizes safety and compassion for all. We do this by:
Investing in programs—such as adult education and job development services—that support people on a path out of homelessness as well as supporting the broad safety net of services. Read more.
- Bringing together Redmond community members to work on this issue. Read more about the work of the Task Force on Homelessness.
- Eastside collaboration of police and human services staff in support of regional strategies for addressing homelessness in our communities.
Promoting more affordable housing by requiring 10% of new construction be affordable (not exceeding more that 30% of household income) and by supporting A Regional Coalition for Housing. Read more.
- Hiring a new Homeless Outreach Coordinator and collaborating with the Redmond Library to provide outreach services in the community. Read more.
Social service agencies
Local agencies provide a range of services to individuals experiencing homelessness here on the Eastside. Learn more about their work: Catholic Community Services, Congregations for the Homeless, Friends of Youth, Hopelink, LifeWire, The Sophia Way, and YWCA.
Many faith communities are actively involved in meeting needs, in both big and small ways.
- Redmond United Methodist Church, along with Catholic Community Services, currently hosts the Eastside emergency winter shelter for families.
- Open Kitchen is community meal program also hosted by Redmond United Methodist every Wednesday evening.
- Overlake Christian Church currently operates a safe car lot for individuals living in their car or RV.
- The Muslim Community Resource Center provides care for people struggling to find a place to live or food to eat.
- Other congregations in Redmond have hosted homeless encampments in the past.
In response to providing more information on essential community resources, the library hosts Community Discovery Days, a monthly drop-in event 3-5 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Click here for schedule.
The library also hosts Redmond's Homeless Outreach Specialist every Monday and Tuesday from 10 to noon as well as the new Next Step Resource Center Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 to 3.
Many paths in, many paths out: Neomi's Story
My name is Neomi, and I live at YWCA Family Village Redmond with my daughters, Estrella and Kelly.
We used to live in Kirkland with my ex-husband. It was a bad situation for my daughters and me. He would hurt me every day. I wasn’t allowed out with friends.
I couldn’t go to school; I could only pay attention to him and the girls. My family lives in El Paso, Texas, so he was the only family we had. I had no idea what to do or where to go.
Sometimes, when the girls weren’t in school, they would see bad things happen. I didn’t want them to be around that, so I took a risk, and we slept in our car for three or four months.
We would go to the parking lot of a hospital to sleep. In the morning, we would go to the bathroom inside the hospital to brush our teeth and brush their hair. Then I would drop off my daughters at school. It was hard, but at least we weren’t scared anymore.
Then we moved into this place and everything changed for the positive. Now, we feel free.
There are parenting classes and job resources, computer classes for my daughters and a therapist and translator for me. I had no idea these kinds of services existed. To have the support of not just one person, but a whole team of people is amazing. Even though my family lives far away, I feel like YWCA is my family right now.
With their help, I got a job as a cashier and enrolled at Bellevue Community College. So far, I have earned a certificate in business communications and am working to build a career in health care.
All of the things that I do now are for my daughters. I want to show that if I can do something, they can do it too. When they see me doing my homework, they look at me and say, “Mom, we’re also almost done with our homework too.” It is a small moment, but it means everything to me. They give me the power to succeed, and inspire me to reach my goals.
I believe that out of something bad, you really can get something good.
photo courtesy: YWCA