Homelessness is a very complex challenge - both for those who become homeless as well as for communities in which they reside.
By coming together as a community we can make real progress in meeting this challenge. It will take the engagement and collective action of everyone in the community doing everything they can to address this crisis.
Implementing key recommendations of the Community Task Force on Homelessness which includes:
- Addressing public safety concerns raised by downtown businesses by deploying bike patrols.
- Engaging the community and increasing awareness.
- Expanding programming at the drop-in center for young adults.
Connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to resources through a dedicated Outreach Program.
- Following an initial pilot phase, Redmond hired a full-time outreach specialist to partner and coordinate with Police, businesses, non-profits, and the broader community.
- Services are provided through direct outreach 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.
Collaborating with King County, other Eastside cities—including police— in support of regional strategies and best practices for addressing homelessness in our communities.
- Offering services first, outreach works hand-in-hand with police officers when enforcement is needed.
- Sometimes, this means addressing personal items or camping in public spaces, as health and safety is our top priority.
Ensuring that anyone experiencing homelessness has access to shelter here on the Eastside.
- Friends of Youth - The Landing shelters young adults ages 18-24 here in Redmond.
- The Sophia Way and Catholic Community Services have established a year round 24/7 shelter for women and families in Kirkland.
- Congregations for the Homeless provides year round 24/7 shelter and day services to men experiencing homelessness. Plans to develop and build a permanent facility in Bellevue are underway.
Investing in programs that support people on a path out of homelessness as well as supporting the broad safety net of services.
- 2019-20 City budget increased its investment in human services by 18%, spending nearly $600,000 on programs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.