Since 2018, CFH has worked to publicize our plans to build a permanent center for men experiencing homelessness, and we have invited—and continue to invite—the community to engage with the process. To date, these efforts have included the following:
Further press coverage, though primarily focused on the Lincoln Center Retrofit, often incorporated discussions/references to the proposed permanent shelter location.
We also continued communication with adjacent/nearby neighbors by meeting with neighboring businesses, walking the neighborhood with local representative(s), and providing collateral materials and offering to meet as needed.
Eastgate Campus representatives met with City of Bellevue Council members.
CFH, Inland and Horizon held a community meeting for local businesses and Eastgate area residents where we shared the current status of the Eastgate Campus Plan.
CFH formed a Community Advisory Group consisting of adjacent neighborhood & business representatives. We held six meetings, covering a variety of topics including our services model and our partners in this project.
CFH collaborated with Bellevue Public Safety staff and City Code enforcement, and held one-on-one meetings held with adjacent businesses, councilmembers, and community members.
We provided a range of written and verbal updates to other stakeholders, including Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, St. Louise Catholic Church, CFH volunteers, City staff, and the Wilburton neighborhood.
Our community engagement activities were effectively put on hold due to the Covid-19 crisis response needed. CFH periodically communicated with the Advisory Group, including sharing information about the City Council’s action being taken on the affordable housing parking standards and helping to coordinate a discussion between King County Councilmember Balducci and the Advisory Committee members regarding the Eastgate COVID response tents.
We held 11 Community Advisory Group meetings virtually and covered many topics, including an introduction to Plymouth Housing Group and Permanent Supportive Housing plans, and our plans for design.
We provided a range of written and verbal updates to multiple stakeholders, including City staff and City and County Councilmembers, Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, and Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council.
Inland Group submitted a master development permit application, triggering the first formal public meeting. Neighborhood area residents posted notices of the public meeting on social media platforms such as Nextdoor and the Eastgate Community Association Facebook page.
The Eastgate Community Association newsletters also shared information about the entire campus with their members.
CFH submitted our preapplication package, triggering the City’s need to begin formation of the formal Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Council.
CFH formally submitted its Process I Conditional Use Permit application to permanently locate a homeless shelter at 13620 SE Eastgate Way. The City of Bellevue published Notice of Application and notice of a Public Meeting in the Weekly Permit Bulletin, and the required public meeting for CFH’s Conditional Use Permit application took place to discuss the submitted application.