Editor's Note: This article originally identified the area as being in the Queen Anne neighborhood, but a reader contended the site is actually in Uptown. King County, which is leading this project, identifies this as being in Queen Anne, so we will identify the project as being located as such from here on out. If people would like to argue over superficial boundary lines, send a letter to the editor at qamagnews@nwlink.com.

King County affordable housing planner Valerie Kendall will share the county’s plans to open a modular enhanced shelter in Queen Anne during a meeting at St. Anne Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

There will be nine dorm units that can each support eight beds on county-owned property at 531 Elliott Ave. W. Catholic Community Services will operate the modular congregate shelter, which will have a campus layout that includes a common building.

King County Executive Dow Constantine in August announced three modular housing pilot projects planned to provide more options for temporary shelter. The housing components are manufactured in a facility, and then assembled on site. King County executed a $4.5 million contract with Whitley Evergreen of Marysville to construct the congregate shelter and micro-dwelling units. The state provided $1.5 million in support.

The Queen Anne modular enhanced shelter is expected to serve 72 people experiencing homelessness, and will include a full kitchen facility, dining area, bathroom facilities, laundry and case management offices. The target population is people with behavioral health problems and those exiting homelessness, and will be used by singles, couples and people with pets.

King County is using the site to test the functionality of movable buildings to see if the model can be replicated on other public lands and faith-based properties.

The modular enhanced shelter in Queen Anne is slated to opening in summer 2019.

People can learn more about the new shelter and ask questions during the community meeting being held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1411 First Ave. W. People are asked to use the West Lee Street entrance. There will also be representatives from Catholic Community Services.

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