Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE) is closing its neighborhood indoor shelters, including a Green Lake shelter. The shelters’ last night of operation will be this Sunday night (October 9, 2011).
Homeless men first began using the Green Lake shelter in July 2010, following a tense community meeting. There has not been an organized public outcry against the shelter since the July meeting.
In January 2011, a resident of the shelter interrupted an attempted burglary at the church.
“SHARE’s money can go no further,” an email sent over the SHARE email distribution list this morning (Thursday, October 6, 2011) read. “The last night inside for the neighborhood indoor shelters is Sunday night, 10/9/11.”
“When one is denied a fair chance at the basics of life – food, shelter and clothing – in a land of plenty such as ours, it is only fair and just to stand up peacefully and ask for better,” the email continued. “That – and staying together and safe – is what we will be doing Monday night [at "World Homeless Action Day"]. We hope you will join us. The more of us who stand up to be counted, the sooner we’ll get back inside.”
Kathleen Anderson, Interim Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, said this morning that she was very upset to hear of the closure. The shelter inhabitants, she said, have patrolled the area and have kept the shelter clean.
Shutting neighborhood shelters, Pastor Anderson said, will only serve to make those with homes less aware of the plight of the poor.
Update, Saturday October 22: All 15 SHARE shelters have reopened.