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Green Lake homeless shelter reopens

What do you think? (6 Comments) October 22, 2011 at 4:44PM

A Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE) shelter at Bethany Lutheran Church (7400 Woodlawn Ave NE) has reopened, according to an email sent to the SHARE email distribution list last night (Friday, October 21, 2011).

Citing insufficient funds, SHARE closed all 15 of its neighborhood indoor shelters on Monday, October 10.

“We are reopening because the $44,000 that the National FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] Board had cut from our yearly budget was restored,” the email sent by SHARE last night explained. “We are reopening because the SHARE Shelter Board had a fabulously successful Auction last Sunday night, that resulted in a $25,000 check delivered yesterday to SHARE. [...] Also yesterday, the City of Seattle agreed to reimburse SHARE for all costs contractually incurred already in this month.”

According to the email, all 15 shelters were reopened last night. “We are happy to be going back indoors,” the email reads. “We thank all our friends ands allies for all their support.”

The author of the email specifically thanks members of Occupy Seattle, shelter hosts, donors, Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, and the security personnel at the Gates Foundation, where members of the group camped while the indoor shelters were closed.

FEMA funding and auction proceeds will enable the shelters to remain open for the rest of the year.

6 Responses to “Green Lake homeless shelter reopens”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Too bad about the check, I would have liked to see it stay closed. Hunger and cold (or fear thereof) is the best motivator.

  2. Georgie says:

    I would have liked the shelter to stay closed.  I read in the blog earlier that supposedly the homeless residents had foiled a break in.  I think its a bunch of baloney !  Who breaks into a church and for what?  Bibles?  I am a close resident to the church and have several times witnessed the homeless men pushing Safeway,  QFC and Whole Food shopping carts,  Harborview stamped wheelchairs and childrens bicycles into the church at night.  I believe this would be stolen property.  The only reason the homeless men maybe foiled a break-in at the church was so they could retain their own stolen property!  And why did SHARE close a church shelter because they were no longer being funded by the government?  Does the church charge SHARE?  Something is not right with SHARE and their shenanigans !  The residents of the church are suppose to be out of the neighborhood in the morning however I see the same people begging at the corner on 65th in their stolen wheelchair or at the library looking at porn on the computer for hours while students wait for them to leave.  

  3. Norge says:

    The City is succeeding in its plans to move the chronically homeless to our residential neighborhoods.  By opening the countless church shelters in our neighborhoods and giving these chronically homeless individuals bus passes to the shelters, these individuals have decided to stay in our neighborhoods.  A big thanks to Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and his wife, and City Councilmember Nick Licata.  I wonder how many sex offenders are at the church since SHARE/WHEEL won’t screen for sex offenders in Seattle. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Norge, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea that this organization refuses to screen for sex offenders when placing transients in a residential neighborhood. Furthermore, it is especially concerning as transient sex offenders often do not appear on a local search.

      Bethany Lutheran Church, it appears you are an irresponsible neighbor. Bethany Lutheran needs to be questioned on this poor policy – sounds like a good reporting opportunity for MyGreenLake.

  4. Pastor Meredith Dodd says:

    Thanks for your reporting on this good news, Amy. Your stories help me remember my commitment to love all of my neighbors — church folks, children, shelter residents and those with whom I disagree.

    Pastor Meredith Dodd
    Green Lake United Methodist Church