Welcome to SHARE / WHEEL

FUNDING CUTS CAUSE FINANCIAL CRISIS


Last week (11/13/14) King County Government announced the TOTAL defunding of SHARE--the County’s largest and most cost effective shelter provider--in 2015!


SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless people founded in 1990.  We facilitate the largest network of shelters in the Pacific Northwest.  We provide shelter, safety, community, dignity and empowerment for around 400 men and women every day! 


In order to run our 15 indoor shelters and two outdoor encampments, funding is needed to pay for operating expenses including basic utilities like garbage/recycling, phone/internet, gas/heat and organizing/administrative costs including staff salaries. The total annual cost for running all of our shelters and the two encampments exceeds $850,000.


We are currently $60,000 in debt. This is due to huge cuts in Government Funding and slight decreases in donations and grants.


Here are the two biggest examples of the Government Funding Cuts we’ve faced in recent years:


  • Two years ago, when King County took over the State ESGP Contract we’d held for more than a decade, they cut us from $55,000 to $20,000 per annum. We’ve never recovered from this cut, and now King County has cut us down to zero as of 2015! How do they expect us to survive?


  • Two years ago, ALL King County homeless shelter providers including SHARE completely lost annual Shelter Funding from the federal fund source, FEMA. While a smaller amount was available last year, this federal FEMA support has never come back entirely, and it looks like there will be no FEMA shelter funding next year, 2015. Five years ago SHARE was regularly receiving over $44,000 a year from FEMA! Meanwhile, SHARE’s expenses have increased by 10% in the last year. This week we couldn’t even meet payroll - necessary staff have gone unpaid!









We are in dire need of your help to survive the coming year in this time of financial crisis. Although we receive some funding from the City of Seattle, it is not nearly enough to maintain a shelter system of our size, which is the largest of its kind for homeless people in King County. New funding for encampments may come in 2015, but it is no done deal, and certainly won’t fill the entire gap.


We are depending on your donations this holiday season in order to continue keeping the homeless sheltered and safe. To end the year in the black more than $30,000 is needed in December.


Please support SHARE in making this goal by making a donation today by clicking the DONATE button to the left!















TEMPORARY DWELLINGS 

FUNDRAISER


for SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort)

We don’t want our dwellings to be temporary.   Help us pay the rent!!!  We need our community supporters and friends to help us pay down 2014 debt so we can start 2015 healthy and strong!

 

WHEN:  5-8 PM Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

WHERE:  University Lutheran Church   1604 NE 50th St

SHARE is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless people founded in 1990.  We facilitate the largest network of shelters in the Pacific Northwest, with 15 self-managed indoor shelters and two Tent Cities.  We provide shelter, safety, community, dignity and empowerment for more than 500 men and women every day! 


Our event will include light refreshments—soup and sandwiches—music, and a movie playing in the background about our first Tent City, called “Temporary Dwellings.”  A FREE WILL OFFERING WILL BE TAKEN.  We need to pay down around $30,000 in debt to end the year in the clear (and pay our rent).  PLEASE JOIN US!

For more info call 206-448-7889 or email shelters@sharewheel.org

Click on the DONATE button to the right if you can help electronically.  But, we’d prefer to see you at our event!


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S.H.A.R.E

PO Box 2548,

Seattle, WA  98111

(206)448-7889

October 24, 2014

 

Seattle City Council

600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor

Seattle, WA 98104

 

Dear Councilmembers:

 

Greetings from the men and women of SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort)!

 

As you are aware, homelessness is at its worse in our City – the amount of homeless people living unsheltered on our streets continues to increase.  Last year 57 homeless people died outside or by violence unsheltered.  This year the Women in Black have so far stood for 38 homeless deaths of the same circumstances.  Without Shelter People Die!

 

As you deliberate on next year’s budget we ask you to please prioritize the safety and survival of homeless people.  Consider practical and cost-effective solutions that would serve a lot of the vulnerable homeless people surviving on our streets.

 

We ask you to consider funding for the following:

  • $100,000 for encampments.

  • $120,000 for the WHEEL Winter Shelter to operate thru the summer.

  • Full funding for the Urban Rest Stop

 

Encampments are viable and cost-effective interim solutions to the lack of shelter beds in our region.  Ours cost less than $3.00 a night per person.  They provide safety and community to not only single adults but also to couples, families and people with pets.  The Committee to End Homelessness in King County already acknowledges that Interim Survival Mechanisms, like encampments or Tent Cities, needs support as part of our Crisis Response in addressing the need of the unsheltered homeless population.  Encampments like Tent City 3 have been around for over a decade.  It is time for the City of Seattle to support them.

 

The WHEEL Winter Shelter, which officially has capacity for 25 women, has been providing shelter for 50 women each night.  This year, through collaboration with CCS and funding from Seattle HSD, it has remained open thru the summer.  We need to keep this low-barrier women shelter open year round to ensure a no net-loss of shelter beds in Seattle.

 

The Urban Rest Stop is another practical necessity needed for people in Seattle to survive homelessness.  It is an important service that caters to a lot of homeless people.  It provides necessities, like shower, laundry facilities and hygiene supplies, to enable homeless people get back on the right track.  URS deserves full funding.  Homeless people need more not less of the facilities and services like the Urban Rest Stop.

 

We urge the Seattle City Council to make these commitments to address the crisis of homeless in Seattle.

 









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 Around 3:30 PM Friday 10/17/14 SPD Posted TC3 with numerous warnings that they will be swept on Wednesday,      October 22nd - that's the day the Committee to End Homelessness Governing Board Meets, co-chaired by our Mayor, Meets.  Many folks from Tent City3 will be Marching to the Governing Board Meeting, leaving Westlake Mall Park at around 7:00 AM.  Please join us if you can - and consider posting this information on your Facebook Page or Email List.


This Week’s Key SHARE (and WHEEL) Dates:

1)  Tuesday October 21st Occupy CEHKC Sleep Out/Rally/March begins at 12 PM Westlake Mall Park

3)  Tuesday October 21st TRU March for Seattle METRO starts at 4:00 PM @ Westlake Park

4)  Tuesday October 21st Occupy CEHKC Rally @ Westlake Park 5:30 PM followed by Dinner and Sleep Out

5)  Wednesday October 22 D Date for SPD Sweeping TC3

6)  Wednesday October 22 Occupy CEHKC marches on CEHKC Governing Board Meeting (co-chaired by Mayor Murray.)  7 AM Wake Up In, or Meet up At Westlake Mall Park at 7 AM

The "Ask" of Mayor Murray is simple:  Let TC3 stay where they are until Seattle Pacific University can host them.  There may be churches that will take on the legal obligations that makes this kosher under the Seattle Religiouis Encampment Ordinance & it's what the CEHKC Crisis Response Plan says to do.

7)  Thursday October 23rd @ 1:00 PM  Mayors Unsheltered Homelessness Task Force holds first of a couple meetings (in secret.)  There are some good folks on this Committee, dominated by the usual sharks and wolves in sheeps clothing.

8)  Thursday October 23rd @ 5:30 PM.  City Council Budget Hearing.  Are you surprised there is no new money in the Mayors Budget for SHARE, WHEEL, the Urban Rest Stop or Encampments?

From our WHEEL Sisters::





There is one other shocking crisis facing our community in the coming week:  The WHEEL Winter Women's Shelter (for 50-60 women) is being displaced from its current home, Sacred Heart Hall (on lower Queen Anne) for one night next Saturday (10/25) and then likely permanently on November 1st.  We, WHEEL, have asked Mayor Murray and the Human Services Dept to allow our critically-needed low-barrier women's shelter to stay at the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center on 10/25 and during the months of November and December.  Please support our request!  This is what we (WHEEL) will be speaking on at Tuesday's Rally.

 

Contact Emails:  ed.murray@seattle.govhyeok.kim@seattle.gov, tc3@sharewheel.org

Phone Numbers:  Mayor Murray's Phone Number '684-4000 (voice mail usually full.) 

Citizens Service Bureau 684-2489.  SHARE 448-7889

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