A struggling young adult shelter at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center will likely stay open next year after the Seattle City Council’s budget committee voted unanimously Monday to grant the shelter $130,000. The full council is expected to vote on the budget next Monday.
The contribution more than matches the $120,000 in funding the Metropolitan King County Council approved last week for the shelter. Combined, the funds will make it possible for the 15-20 bed center to stay open at least five nights a week next year.
The shelter, which serves young adults ages 18-24, started preparing to close earlier this month when it became clear a large grant would not be renewed and almost $1 million in federal funding it had expected would not be given next year. YouthCare is still hoping to raise about $100,000 in private donations to ensure the shelter can stay open seven days a week. Donations can be made online at its website.
“Last year, 268 young adults used the 20 shelter beds that will be saved by this funding from Seattle and King County,” said Seattle City Council President Sally Clark, who submitted the budget proposal for the city’s shelter donation. “Keeping these shelter beds open means that young people will have a safe place to sleep and be connected to services that will move them off the streets and towards jobs, health care, and permanent housing.”