Connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to resources
The City has a dedicated, full-time outreach specialist who partners and coordinates with Police, businesses, non-profits, and the broader community.
Services are provided through direct outreach by meeting people where they are as well as through drop-in hours at accessible locations throughout the community such as the Redmond library, safe parking sites, and at the Together Center.
Using a compassionate enforcement approach
Offering services first, outreach works hand-in-hand with police officers when enforcement is needed.
Addressing personal items or camping in public spaces, as needed, with a focus on community health and safety.
Connecting individuals who are struggling with mental illness to the City’s Mental Health Professional, who is embedded within the Police Department.
Collaborating with King County, other Eastside cities in support of regional strategies and best practices for addressing homelessness in our communities
Participate and advise in policy conversations across the region, including the newly established Regional Homelessness Authority.
Ensuring that anyone experiencing homelessness has access to shelter here on the Eastside
Increasing funding support to offer expanded shelter and day center services to East King County nonprofit partners:
Friends of Youth - The Landing shelters young adults ages 18-24 here in Redmond.
Congregations for the Homeless provides shelter in Bellevue for men experiencing homelessness.
Co-located in Kirkland, Catholic Community Services – New Bethlehem Place serves families and The Sophia Way – Helen’s Place serves women.
Investing in programs that support people on a path out of homelessness as well as supporting the broad safety net of services
In 2021, the City has invested over $1.8 million in human services, spending nearly $850,000 on programs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.