A shelter for up to 20 men that was located in West Seattle until a year ago just moved back, according to a flyer received by neighbors (read a scanned copy of it here). The Calvary Lutheran Shelter, operated by SHARE, was at the church of that same name at 35th/Cloverdale from 1999 till last year, when CL sold the site to the former Gatewood Baptist Church (now Life Church). Now, as of last Friday, it’s located in the Church of the Nazarene building at 42nd/Juneau (photo left; map here), according to the flyer, which says there’s an informational meeting “for immediate neighbors” this Sunday night. The flyer includes info about how the shelter is managed and notes that the church has “temporarily hosted several other SHARE shelters in the past 5 years.” We have a message out to SHARE to ask a few followup questions; if you are interested in more information about the need for places for homeless people to go, the recent One-Night Count results are enlightening, as are pages from other groups such as the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. 11:18 AM UPDATE: Just talked with a rep from SHARE, and here’s what else we found out:
One e-mail we received wondered why the meeting for neighbors wasn’t scheduled until 9 days after the shelter moved in; SHARE says that’s just because they’ve been overwhelmed with other things and couldn’t get to it till now. They say the last time this church hosted a shelter was about a year ago; this type of shelter is very bare-bones – mats on the floor – so few people choose to use it on a long-term basis, but they are welcome to stay as long as needed, as long as they follow the rules and share in the work to maintain it – that also means places aren’t held for them if they don’t show up for a while; they are allowed to be away 2 nights out of 7 before losing their place. It is a night-only shelter, so every morning the men using it get two bus tickets, one to head out (usually to work – SHARE says West Seattle is a good location for that to be found), one to get back, and they have to be in by 10 pm; convenient bus routes are important when they are seeking shelter locations. As mentioned in the flyer, screening is done downtown, so men cannot show up to find out if there’s space. SHARE is a nonprofit that gets half its funding from the City of Seattle, by the way. Of its other 13 indoor shelters, the closest to this one is at Community of Christ in Highland Park.