Can King County Keep Using Empty Hotels To Fight Homelessness?

JustCARE is one of a number of efforts that have emerged in the pandemic, determined to make the most of a dormant tourism industry on behalf of people living outside. Last March, King County purchased or leased five hotels. They included the Renton Red Lion, which houses around 230 clients from the Downtown Emergency Service Center, and a hotel in SeaTac run by Catholic Community Services and housing about 100 people. For its part, JustCARE is a separate effort, but with county funding, led by the Public Defender Association and in coordination with Asian Counseling and Referral Service and the Chief Seattle Club. The program also works with the organizations REACH and Wheeler Davis on outreach and community safety. About 130 people have moved into hotels thanks to JustCARE. Read more here.

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