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October 14, 2021
Kirkland Place Shelter for Women and Families
ABC member: Adept Mechanical Services
Location: 8045 120th Ave. N.E., Kirkland
Kirkland Place Shelter for Women and Families is a temporary and transitional housing facility for homeless women and families with children. This two-story building is comprised of one level for families with sleeping rooms and another for women with a dormitory-style sleeping facility plus a half basement. The facility includes restrooms with showers, two kitchens, laundry rooms, and offices for staff. It provides a safe space for those struggling with homelessness on the Eastside.
Since 2014, Washington state has seen a 21% increase in its homeless population. In 2018, reports put over 22,000 people homeless on any given night. Over 12,000 of those were reported in King County. Emergency shelters have been operating for years but it is not always enough due to the lack of permanence and stability. In 2018, the city of Kirkland purchased a parcel of land from Salt House to be used as the site for a new permanent, 24-hour shelter to be led by two programs: The Sophia Way and New Bethlehem.
The Kirkland Place project was a blending of these two programs to fill one goal: to provide a welcoming a space and supportive services to those experiencing homelessness.
One challenge faced during planning and construction of the facility was adherence to a strict nonprofit budget. Deacon was able to tweak designs and maximize the use of space to keep costs low. It was also able to use donated materials to save on costs.