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Reminder: Ballard Urban Rest Stop open house Oct. 1

Posted by Meghan Walker on September 30th, 2015

rest stopTomorrow night (Oct. 1) is the open house for the Ballard Urban Rest Stop (BURS), soon to open at Cheryl Chow Court, 2014 NW 57th St. This is the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) third hygiene facility for homeless individuals, and it will include restrooms, showers, washers, dryers, laundry folding area and a healthcare exam room. The open house, from 4 to 6 p.m., will celebrate the completion of the rest stop and provide the public a chance to meet staff and volunteers and learn how it will serve individuals in our community. There will be a brief program at 4:30 p.m.

“This attractive, newly constructed, energy efficient facility will provide hygiene services to homeless people, including men, women, children, seniors, veterans, and the many car campers who live in the Ballard area,” according to a statement from LIHI.

On Monday, Oct. 12 BURS will open to patrons at no cost. The hours will be Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are five private shower/bathrooms, separate bathrooms for men and women, five double stacked washer/dryer sets, and two additional dryer sets. Sharon Lee, Executive Director of LIHI, says they anticipate helping 75 individuals with showers each day, and expect to be able to run 40 loads of laundry each day. “If you are out and about near the Ballard Commons Park or the Ballard Library, please come and visit,” Lee says.

 

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27 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 darby // Sep 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    hi there, I am curious as to laundry detergent supply.. will it be included in the program and will it be the toxic brands? Are we allowed to donate better supplies?

  • 2 skipoar // Sep 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Darby, are you serious?

  • 3 phred // Sep 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    “Cheryl Crow Court”???

  • 4 Veronica // Sep 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    LOL phred!

    everyone knows it should be ‘Sheryl’– I hope they don’t spell it wrong on the sign.

    “All I wanna do is wash my bum until the sun comes up on the Ballard Commons drug bazaar”

  • 5 steve // Sep 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Projects like this are why Sharon Lee rakes in a salary of 180k a year.

  • 6 Social Justice Warrior // Sep 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    @1 I’m curious about the soap too. Will it be scented or unscented? Will it make their whites whiter? Will it remove the toughest stains but still be soft to touch? Will they be color safe and still leave clothes bright?

    These are important issues for members of our vulnerable communities.

  • 7 Erik // Sep 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I assume they meant Cheryl Chow Court?

  • 8 SendEmTo Ballard // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Unfortunately, facilities like this will only encourage sending the homeless to Ballard. I used to be for things like this, but now, after witnessing the mentally ill and drug addled homeless that have flooded Ballard, I have realized that these kinds of band-aid solutions are misguided. We need real, proven solutions like Housing First. We don’t need more people sleeping in the bushes, stumbling from the food bank to the rest station to the liquor store to the park. The political tide is turning; these half-assed measures only serve to attract more homeless and test the patience of all those formerly liberal-minded people (like me) who thought they were helping.

  • 9 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    A new hangout for the deadbeat criminals. The hopeless people are only looking for free handouts and don’t care about the community. Did you see how they trashed the former Seattle Times building on Fairview Ave? Boozers and losers aren’t needed in Ballard. How long before the first violent incident at the new urban restroom?

  • 10 skipoar // Oct 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Have a look at the latest camp set up on the NE corner of 11th and 45th near Fred Meyer. Lots of nice bicycles to go with their shopping carts and plastic bags. Do these guys look down on their luck?

  • 11 Bart // Oct 1, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Why is it that ONE guy who has lots of stuff in a very conspicuous spot is the poster-child for all homeless and is indicative that Ballard has gone down the tubes and the world is ending?

    Some of you need to get out more rather than basing all your moral judgements on a trip to Fred Meyer.

  • 12 30sballarddad // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Except that I saw 2 guys shooting up in full view on the SW corner of 11th and 45th last week. I called the cops to report it, but didn’t stick around to see if they showed up.

    There’s also enough trash strewn about alongside the burke gilman to fill a full size dumpsters for all of you that haven’t walked east from the fred meyer in a while. All of which has appeared in the last 9 months.

  • 13 skipoar // Oct 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Bart: I’m out all over Ballard, every day, and this is just one example. Last week I called in 10 vehicles parked on 14th between Market and 51st, many of them taking up two or three parking spaces and filled to the rim with CRAP. You need to help these people if you’re so worried about them. I want them the hell out of the neighborhood where I have owned a home for 18 bleeping years.

  • 14 He Hate Me // Oct 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    You people are upset that a non-profit organization has set up a place where poor people can take a shower and wash their clothes. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • 15 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    The sidewalk shufflers. I think the lazy slobs that are ruining Seattle should be ashamed. Shame on you! What would your parents think? The bums are so out of it, all they can do beg for $1.89 Hurricane malt liquor – a yummy 8.1% alcohol.

  • 16 Observant // Oct 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

    skipoar, sounds like we are neighbors. Thank you so much for reporting those vehicles. I’ve been doing that too. Nice to know I’m not alone. It feels so hopeless sometimes. On some blocks, especially near the Safeway, the cars and trailers and RVs filled with junk take easily 50% of the parking spaces.

  • 17 BallardRes // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    This poster summed up my feelings exactly.

    “Unfortunately, facilities like this will only encourage sending the homeless to Ballard. I used to be for things like this, but now, after witnessing the mentally ill and drug addled homeless that have flooded Ballard, I have realized that these kinds of band-aid solutions are misguided. We need real, proven solutions like Housing First. We don’t need more people sleeping in the bushes, stumbling from the food bank to the rest station to the liquor store to the park. The political tide is turning; these half-assed measures only serve to attract more homeless and test the patience of all those formerly liberal-minded people (like me) who thought they were helping.”

    People are finally starting to understand that the approach we’ve used for more than a decade is clearly NOT working. Even homeless supporters are getting it.

    The tide is definitely turning. It’s time for a new conversation about homelessness and how to address it. And if the city won’t start that conversation, the community will.

  • 18 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I could see a facility like this attached to a youth hostel for travelers. It should charge for services and pay for its self instead of taxpayers’ money going down the drain.
    The bums aren’t looking for work and this free restroom service will only attract more wandering lazy bums.

  • 19 Profile photo of Salmon Bay Salmon Bay // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    @BallardRes “We need real, proven solutions like Housing First.” Exactly, and we should be pushing our city do this.

    But in the meantime, let’s get some safer places for people to live, like a tent encampment and a place to shower and do laundry. People opposing these make it much more difficult, more expensive and a longer process than it needs to be. Let these things happen, and insist the city move on to a Housing First model.

    After all, the cure for homelessness is homes.

  • 20 BallardRes // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

    SalmonBay – what you and many other people supporting the tent encampment in Ballard probably don’t realize is that it will do nothing to help the people who are currently homeless in Ballard. Despite how the city has framed this (i.e. as a *new* encampment), the Ballard encampment will simply involve moving Nickelsville from its current location on Dearborn Street in the International District to Ballard because it needed to be out of there by Oct. 31.

    So if you were hoping that this would be an encampment that would help homeless people already living on the streets of Ballard, it won’t. It’s just moving existing campers from one area of the city to another.

  • 21 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Bum invasion? People moving to Seattle should be better prepared to pay the price of admission. A bunch of out-of-town slobs show -up we’re supposed to be excited about it? It’s sort like the hippies – anyone remember the hippies? Brother, can you spare some malt liquor?

  • 22 Profile photo of Salmon Bay Salmon Bay // Oct 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    BalardRes, I have fully realized that all along. I’m surprised that you and others didn’t know this.

    But this new piece of information for you doesn’t really change anything. It will still be a safer place for people without homes to live.

    Now let’s start pushing the city in the right direction. The solution for homelessness is housing.

  • 23 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I love the way some folks are so hot to spend taxpayers’ money “helping”. Isn’t 40 million dollars a year enough? Why is there still a problem after years of helping? I can tell you, it’s because more people arrive here looking for the free stuff. They aren’t working – they are bums!

  • 24 JM90210 // Oct 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I love the way some folks have no idea what they are talking about. LIHI, the group opening this Urban Rest Stop, are a not for profit agency. They have fundraisers so they can pay for things like this. Moron. Stop trying to tell people what they can do with their money.

  • 25 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    The LIHI receives donations from the state, county and city and those are tax dollars. Please don’t attract more bummy bums to Ballard.

  • 26 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Are those giant mothballs in the photo?

  • 27 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

    RID Lice killing shampoo is available at Walgreens on 15th NW.

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