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Geoduck Resource Guide: Shelters

A comprehensive list of community resources relevant to Evergreen students at both Olympia and Tacoma campuses.

Shelters

 

If you are concerned about and/or need shelter immediately, please contact the 24hr Thurston County's Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing hotline at 1-844-628-7343. Thurston County shelters utilize the Coordinated Entry System unless stated otherwise. This system screens individuals and families who are homeless, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, and places those in available shelters or other housing resources in Thurston County. 

 

Information on low-income government subsidized housing such as Public Housing (colloquially known to as "[the] projects") or the U.S Housing and Urban Development's program Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), can be found under "Government Assistance Programs and How To Apply For Them." The process of applying for and receiving government subsidized housing, which can take as little as a year and up to five years, is less emergent than the housing listed here, which are intended for emergency shelter and simply require a walk-in appointment or to contact the Coordinated Entry hotline.

  

SafePlace 

521 Legion Way SE Olympia, Wa (this address is for walk-ins, shelter location is intentionally hidden)
(360) 754-6300 24/7/365 

Contact SafePlace's helpline if you are experiencing domestic abuse. SafePlace provides a 24hr helpline, walk-in advocacy for people in need of sexual/domestic violence resources, housing programs (rental assistance, housing placement, etc.), as well as an ADA accessible domestic violence shelter for high risk adults and children.


Interfaith Works

Owns several shelters in Olympia area

(360) 918-8424 

Also provides a mailing address for all houseless people among other resources. Service animals and companion pets are okay, sobriety is not required, no ID is required for bed placement. Single adults and couples without dependent children are prioritized.


Community Youth Services

(360) 943-0780

Provides shelters, housing and rent services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24 in Thurston and Pierce counties.

  • Rosie’s Place  (360) 943-0780 ext. 186 

    520 Pear St. SE Olympia, WA 98501
    Overnight Shelter (9p-8:30a)
    Provides a drop-in safe space for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24 to socialize, get food, clothing and hygiene supplies, talk confidentially with outreach workers, get crisis counseling/intervention, and access resources. Also doubles as an overnight shelter from 9pm to 8 am on all days, including federal holidays.

  • Young Adult Housing (360) 480 -1064

    • "The Young Adult Housing Program is a comprehensive program for young adults and families in Thurston County, Washington State, ages 18-24, who are homeless, living in unsafe situations, exiting an institution or have been in the state foster care system. Our role is to provide safe and stable housing for young adults and families who are facing challenges, along with support, advocacy and guidance in helping them achieve their goals." Residents can stay in assigned housing for 18mo-2yrs. 
      • Application process is filling out an eligibility form and either mailing said form to listed address or emailing housing@communityyouthservices.org. If you would like to speak with someone before you apply, or are needing emergency shelter, contact the Admissions Case Manager at (360)480-1064 or stop in at Rosie’s Place drop-in center during their business hours, to talk with a Case Manager or Outreach staff about resources.


Hans K. Lemcke Emergency Lodge - Salvation Army

Overnight Shelter  Visit Salvation Army office Mon - Fri between 8:15am - 10:30am for bed availability

(360) 352-8596 

For single men and women, the Hans K. Lemcke Emergency Lodge provide a warm bed and a clean shower to those in need. 24 men's beds and 16 women's beds. 


Family Support Center of the South Sound
(360) 754-9297 ext. 200 3545 7th Ave, Suite 200 Olympia WA 98502 
Only houseless families and pregnant women qualify. If you and your family are currently experiencing homelessness (sleeping in a tent, car, shed, or other location not meant for habitation), please contact FSCSS’s Homeless Family Services Program at the number listed.


Olympia Union Gospel Mission Overnight Shelter

360.709.9725 

413 Franklin Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501


Drexel House
Combined emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing. Serves homeless men and women who first screened through SideWalk’s coordinated entry and are rated as the most vulnerable members in Thurston County.
Qualifications

  • 18 years and older
  • Currently homeless
  • Screened through Coordinated Action Council’s coordinated entry, call the Community Action Council at (360) 438-1100

Housing Authority of Thurston County
(360) 753-8292
1206 12th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Families with children can apply for very limited funds to stop evictions and prevent homelessness. Operates 4 units of emergency housing for families with children. Provides 30-90 days of shelter. 


For an up-to-date, constantly updated list of shelters and halfway/transitional houses in Olympia, visit shelterlistings.org under "Olympia", call 2-1-1 / visit wa211.org, or contact 1-844-628-7343. 

Daniel J. Evans Library - MS: LIB2300 - 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NE. Olympia, WA 98501 - 360-867-6250