On Thursday, April 2, 2020, King County announced that it has negotiated with three local hotels – including one in SeaTac – to serve as temporary shelter locations for people experiencing homelessness.
The SeaTac hotel is the Quality Inn, located at 2900 S. 192nd Street (map below).
The transition will happen early next week, when Catholic Community Services plans to move 90 people from shelter sites in Kent, Federal Way and Renton to the SeaTac location.
The county says that this acquisition is part of a continuing effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and prevent the transmission of illness through the homeless shelter population.
However, “these are not isolation and quarantine facilities. The people who are moving are presumed to be well,” the county said in a statement.
This is another in a series of actions King County is taking to “de-intensify” the concentration of people in shelters.
King County is finalizing agreements with the three hotels, which will not be open to other guests during this time.
This action also will allow locations to stay open 24/7, and meals will be provided.
Onsite services and oversight will be provided by the shelter operators.
Other hotels include:
- The Sophia Way is moving 100 people from a shelter site in Bellevue to a hotel in Bellevue, at 625 116th Avenue NE.
- Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is moving 200 people from its Seattle shelters to a hotel in Renton, at 1 South Grady Way.