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Temporary Shelter

The City of Seattle funds shelter programs that serve homeless single adults and families. Most shelters funded are enhanced shelters, meaning they not only provide a warm and safe place to sleep, but also offer on-site assessment and case management. Their goal is to help individuals and families immediately start working on making the transition from homelessness to more stable, long-term housing.

The City of Seattle started funding shelters in the early 1980s. City of Seattle General Fund and federal Housing and Urban Development allocations to nonprofit, community-based organizations are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department. Funding during funding cycles depends upon program performance and funding availability. The 2013 allocation is $6.5 million.

2013 Funded Agencies and Programs


For more information about temporary shelter programs for homeless people, please contact the agencies listed above or the 211 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

If you don't need temporary shelter but you have questions about Seattle Human Services Department program policy, call 206-684-0266 or e-mail


Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.