Redmond & Its Partners
The City of Redmond, along with its partners, is doing many things to address the issue of homelessness. But more needs to happen. Learn how YOU can be part of the solution.
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 human services 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.
- Bringing together Redmond community members to work on this issue. We have developed a Task Force on Homelessness to address concerns and plans of action.
- 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 than 30% of household income) and by supporting A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH).
- Hiring a Homeless Outreach Coordinator and collaborating with the Redmond Library (PDF) to provide outreach services in the community.
Many faith communities are actively involved in meeting needs, in both big and small ways.
- The Salt House in Kirkland, along with Catholic Community Services, currently host the Eastside emergency shelter for families.
- Lakeside Christian Church in Kirkland, along with The Sophia Way, currently host the Eastside emergency shelter for women.
- Open Kitchen is community meal program hosted by Redmond United Methodist every Wednesday evening.
- Overlake Christian Church in Redmond currently operates a safe car lot for individuals living in their car or RV.
- St. Jude's Catholic Church in Redmond hosts a safe parking program in Redmond and will also host Camp Unity in the near future.
- The Muslim Community Resource Center provides care for people struggling to find a place to live or food to eat.
- Many other congregations in Redmond have hosted homeless encampments in the past.