Client Spotlight: Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Closes Funding for Homeless Shelter in Kirkland, Wash.

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We congratulate client Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW) on closing the funding for the first permanent homeless shelter in the city of Kirkland, Washington. The 19,000-square foot, 100-bed shelter, which will be open 24 hours to house women and families, is expected to be ready for occupancy by summer 2020. The approximate cost of the shelter is $10 million.

The building, where assistance will be available to obtain medical, mental health, employment and other services, will house two organizations, The Sophia Way and the New Bethlehem Project. The former will move its emergency winter shelter and day center operations to the site, and the latter, which is run by CCSWW, will relocate a day center currently housed in a nearby church.

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington is an outreach organization of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. It provides assistance and housing for individuals and families in need; specialized services for veterans, immigrants, refugees and others; seniors and in-home care; and services for mental health and addiction recovery.

The Stoel Rives deal team was led by Sallie Lin and included attorneys Hunter Jeffers, Chauncey MacLean, Joseph McCarthy and Colm Nelson; and paralegal Marrji Padden. The team assisted with negotiation of funding contracts, a ground lease with the City of Kirkland, and easements with neighboring property owners.

Media coverage of the new shelter can be found at Organizations helping homeless women, children find new home on Eastside, Kirkland to get new shelter for women and families, as Eastside homeless population rises and Construction to begin on Kirkland homeless shelter.

Key Contributors

Sallie Lin
Joseph P. McCarthy
Colm Nelson
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