In addition to creating nearly 2,000 new spaces for the homeless throughout Seattle, King County has negotiated with three local hotels to serve as shelter locations for people experiencing homelessness.
The hotels will not be open to other guests, and are not considered isolation and quarantine facilities — they will only house those presumed to be well.
Once agreements are finalized next week, The Sophia Way will be moving 100 people from a shelter site in Bellevue to Hotel 116 in Bellevue.
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Catholic Community Services will be moving 90 people from shelter sites in Kent, Federal Way and Renton to the Quality Inn near Sea-Tac Airport, while the Downtown Emergency Service Center moves 200 people from its various Seattle shelters to the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Renton.
This action will allow shelters to stay open 24/7, and provide meals to those in need.