default image for post
Pioneer Square’s Homeless Shelter History
November 17, 2009  |  Homeless

As a quick follow up to the previous few posts and comments, here is a brief history of the homeless shelters in the neighborhood:

The Compass Center, 1920
Union Gospel Mission, 1932
Bread of Life, 1939
Chief Seattle Club, 1970
Downtown Emergency Service Center, 1979
Lazarus Day Center, 1990

There may be other shelters / homeless services in the neighborhood, but these are the ones I found in my initial google search.

For additional information, the city actually has a “10-year plan to end homelessness,” which is very ambitious of them. Although, as Paul mentioned, they started it in 2004, so time is running out. They also have a Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCC), including a One Night Count, where volunteers and members go out and basically do a census on the homeless numbers for each neighborhood.

On Seattle City’s websites, there are tons of shelters and services spread throughout many different neighborhoods, but Pioneer Square has had them around for quite a long time, mostly concentrated (as you can see in the map) within a few city blocks.

And silly me, I almost posted the map before adding the King County District Courts and King County Jail. I stopped before adding local drug hangouts. You’re welcome.



  1. The New Pioneer Square- Interview with Elliott Bay Book Co – Blog Title
  2. The New Pioneer Square- Real Change moving from Belltown to Pioneer Square – Blog Title

Leave a Reply