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100 Bed Enhanced Shelter to Open this Summer

We are excited to partner with the City of Seattle and Seattle First Presbyterian Church to help address the homelessness crisis in our community through a new enhanced shelter, Compass at First Presbyterian.

The City of Seattle has awarded Compass Housing Alliance a $1.3 million grant to fund the 24/7 shelter.

Seattle First Presbyterian Church is providing space to house this project in their building at 1013 8th Ave.

Photo: Brett Renville

These valued partnerships allow us to expand our proven, person-centric approach to shelter and support.

The Enhanced Shelter Model

We bring our 100 years of experience serving Seattle’s vulnerable populations to the table in driving this innovative model.

Rather than have people line up outside at night and return them to the streets early in the morning, the Compass at First Presbyterian shelter will provide access to services and support throughout the day and evening.

This model removes several barriers for people seeking shelter by enabling them to stay with their companions, providing room for storage and possessions, and welcoming pets.  As a result, people currently living in tents or encampments are able to move inside.

We provide on-site support services and intensive case management. This allows us to meet people where they are and connect them to the resources and support.

Most of all, we seek to build a supportive community to help people move toward stability.

We’ve had great success with this holistic approach in the four other shelters we operate as well as across our housing programs.

Summary: Compass at First Presbyterian

Starting this summer, Compass at First Presbyterian will serve our city by:

  • Providing 100 new shelter beds for individuals age 18 and older
  • Offering daytime and evening access to support services
  • Ensuring smooth and safe operations through an on-site manager

Because of our focus on building community, we encourage the neighborhood to get involved through service partnerships, meal service or preparation, basic needs drives, and more.

Learn more about the project in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Compass Housing Alliance offering ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare enrollment at Client Services Office in Pioneer Square

Reduced Fare program implemented by King County Metro Transit and Public Health – Seattle & King County to significantly lower costs for income-eligible transit riders

King County Metro’s ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare card provides an affordable transit solution for individuals and families with limited resources. Our Pioneer Square Client Services Office is partnering with Metro as a distribution site for the new reduced fare cards, which offer $1.50 fares on buses and light rail, a savings of up to 50 percent or more for income-eligible riders. The new effort will include on-site registration at our Client Services Office and an outreach effort to reach the many eligible individuals and families living in Compass affordable housing communities. We estimate that 75 percent of the households in our affordable housing portfolio will qualify for the ORCA LIFT card, providing a tangible benefit to the individuals and families we serve.

For more information about the ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare card, visit

Established in 1920, Compass Housing Alliance provides shelter, emergency support, self-sufficiency resources and affordable housing for men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness or living on very limited incomes in Seattle and King County. Recent affordable housing developments include Dekko Place in downtown Seattle, Nyer Urness House in Ballard and Compass on Dexter in South Lake Union. For more information about Compass Housing Alliance, visit