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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Mayor praises Council support of Downtown Service Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/28/2005  4:20:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Martin McOmber, 684-8358


Mayor praises Council support of Downtown Service Center

'This is a big step toward our goal of ending homelessness'

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels calls today’s Seattle City Council approval of a new hygiene and day center for homeless people a critical step toward his goal of ending homelessness in ten years.

'Last year I proposed building a place in south downtown where the down and out could get a shower, a meal and some help out of the cycle of homelessness,' said Nickels. 'I want to thank the city council for supporting this strategy and our efforts to end homelessness, one person at a time.'

Ten years ago, Mayor Norm Rice received a report on developing a downtown community and service center to help homeless persons. Years of additional studies and debate followed with little progress. Last fall, Nickels proposed funding to the city council to support a service center.

The new center, to open in the spring of 2006, will offer a variety of services including:

  • A night shelter
  • Restrooms
  • An indoor meal program
  • A center where clients can stay safe, warm and dry during the day
  • Eight showers plus toilets and sinks
  • Staffed laundry services
  • Intake, assessment and case management
  • Referrals to supportive services such as housing, health care, veterans’ outreach, job search assistance and counseling

'I look forward to working with the city council to make sure that this project is successful - that it benefits not only individuals who are homeless, but becomes a positive addition to the Pioneer Square neighborhood,' Nickels said.

For more information, visit the mayor’s web site at www.seattle.gov/mayor. Get the mayor's inside view on initiatives to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at www.seattle.gov/mayor/newsletter_signup.htm.

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