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Budget crisis may mean no bus tickets for men in Green Lake SHARE shelter

What do you think? Comments Off July 31, 2010 at 10:43AM

SHARE, the organization that runs a shelter for twenty homeless men in Green Lake, is short on money.

The Green Lake shelter, which is located at Bethany Lutheran Church (7400 Woodlawn Ave NE), has been in operation since July 15th  of this year.  Many residents from the surrounding area have expressed concerns about the shelter.

A representative from SHARE sent an “emergency update” this morning to an email announcement list associated with the Nickelsville homeless camp.

“Next week,” the email states, “our cash flow will hit the wall. [...] Bus ticket purchases will be unaffordable.”

The men staying at the Green Lake shelter depend on Metro bus transportation to travel between downtown and the shelter every day.

When bus tickets are no longer available to SHARE participants, they “will ask the METRO Bus Driver if they can ride for free.  If the bus driver says yes, they go to their shelter for the night as usual. If the bus driver says no, the group returns to the SHARE Office.” It is estimated that SHARE’s reserve of bus tickets will run out on Thursday, August 5th.

An overnight protest is being organized at the private residence of Councilmember Tim Burgess.   Organizers would like Seattle City Council to allocate $50,000 to SHARE.

SHARE has put out a call for help.  If you can assist SHARE participants by driving them to and from the shelter, please call SHARE at (206) 448-7889.

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