Outreach teams from King County and the City of Seattle are on patrol around downtown and parts of Capitol Hill to help people on the streets get out of the cold. You can help by dialing 2-1-1.
The King County Emergency Services Patrol, funded by the county and the city, is “operating 24/7 during the weekend to help people who are living on the streets in downtown Seattle” and “out meeting with people who are experiencing homelessness to encourage them to come inside during the winter storm.”
But you can also help out by calling 2-1-1 to let the outreach teams know about somebody who may need help.
You can also call 9-1-1 but reports from some callers say that the emergency dispatchers haven’t treated the shelter shuttle calls as priorities.
The county and the city have increased available shelters and warming facilities through the recent storms and into next week. A roster of severe weather shelters is here.
The BIAs of Ballard, Chinatown/International District, University District, Pioneer Square, and SODO are collaborating in our efforts to engage with city, county, and state officials to address the increasing challenges our businesses are experiencing with drug dealers/users, public disorder, threatening behaviors and crime toward our customers and employees.
We want to invite you to attend a constructive conversation with our elected officials about the problems and solutions to our public safety concerns.
Questions? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Facilitator Introductions – 5 minutes
2. BIA Panel Presentation – 40 minutes
What BIAs are doing
Business, employee, and customer concerns
BIA request for action
3. City, County, State responses – 40 minutes
4. Public Comment – 30 minutes
The Emergency Assistance program helps families, single adults, seniors, and people with disabilities with a variety of emergency and basic needs. Services include:
Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
Utility Assistance and Shut-off Prevention
Information & Resource Referral
Short-term Case Management
Emergency Motel Vouchers (families with children under 18 only)
Food Bags and Cards (based on availability)
Bus Tickets (based on availability)
To access services please call the intake line for your geographic area for updated
information and eligibility.
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