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:
- We need LOTS of twin blankets and sheets!
- 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: