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.