New homeless shelter to be run by Mary’s Place approved for White Center

A new homeless shelter will be managed in White Center by local non-profit Mary’s Place, and located at the old King County public health clinic at SW 108th Street and 8th Ave SW, organizers announced at a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24

The new facility may open as early as this spring.

Mary’s Place says its mission is “empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.”

Mary’s Place says they raised $4.5 million dollars over the last 30 days for this project, and King County will add about $350,000.

“Thank you, King County, for this amazing building that will soon become our next Family Center!” they said on Facebook. “We love our new White Center neighborhood, and neighbors!”

Organizers are currently seeking the public’s help and have put a call out:

  1. We need LOTS of twin blankets and sheets!
  2. Join the work party (outdoor) on Saturday, Feb. 11 starting at 9 a.m. Email [email protected] to sign up!

Here’s a video courtesy KING5:

The idea for a homeless shelter in White Center met with a lot of resistance last year – here’s a video courtesy Pat LeMoine that shows reactions of residents at a hearing held Nov. 10, 2016:

Here’s the Nov. 10, 2016 public meeting:


4 Responses to “New homeless shelter to be run by Mary’s Place approved for White Center”
  1. Mary's Place says:

    Thank you for sharing this story! We are excited to be joining the White Center community and have been overwhelmed by the support and warmth of our new neighbors, thank you!! And BIG thanks to King County for making this space available to bring families experiencing homelessness inside to warmth, safety, and stability!

    Just to clarify that Mary’s Place is not building, we will work with the County to make some improvements to the site and hope to begin moving families in by March 1. We will hold an Open House Celebration and invite all our neighbors once we are in and settled, we hope you will all come! In the meantime, if you can join us on February 11 for our work party, we would love that and look forward to meeting you!!

    We are so grateful to all our amazing donors and supporters who contributed $4.5mm during the course of our No Child Sleeps Outside campaign over the holidays! The funds will be spent to open shelters across the County, including this one!

  2. Wondering says:

    I’ve been praying that this would happen. Mary’s Place has a lot of experience so it is a great resource.
    Thank you!

  3. Joanne says:

    We live just up the hill from the proposed site. While I understand that many people don’t want this in their neighborhood they need to realize that homelessness is already ramped all around us. This is so needed to help out homelessness in our area. Many of those kicked out from the jungle have just moved this way. They did not receive the help they need. Now maybe they will. Or at least we can know that there is one more service available that may save someone’s life.

  4. Mary Duffy says:

    Interested in volunteering sometimes. Experience downtown.
    Need to find where shelter is located.

    May God care for all. Mary

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