JustCARE

A Human Centered Response

JustCARE is an answer to calls from neighborhood leaders in the Seattle neighborhoods of Chinatown International District (CID) and Pioneer Square, for a real response to problems posed by and in encampments – without law enforcement or displacement.

JustCARE Alliance Update On City Hall Park – August 12, 2021

“This is not a sweep. This is not a removal. This is not a clearing. This is the opposite: taking the time needed to make meaningful offers of shelter and support to people based on their actual needs and situation, while respecting individual self-determination.”

Read Our Latest Update Here

JustCARE Alliance August 1, 2021 statement regarding situation in City Hall Park

“The JustCARE field team has been quietly working for weeks to make those connections and show that we are operating differently. We are poised to complete this work as rapidly as possible once the resources we need are provided. Moving people out of the park to no clear destination will not solve courthouse or neighborhood safety, or address the situation of anyone currently living there. It feels like action–but it actually makes matters worse.”

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“Removing an encampment does harm if it uproots people’s lives…”

— Jesse Benet, Deputy Director of the Public Defender Association

As Seattle wrestles with the homelessness crisis, this model – non-siloed teams of JustCARE and the City working in concert – has been repeatedly proven effective, both humanely providing shelter services for those experiencing unsheltered homelessness as well as clearing public spaces for everyone.

UW Evaluation of JustCARE

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“The Trinity Bellwoods crackdown was not surprising. But there is a better way to respond to encampments”

An Op-Ed by Katherine Beckett – The Globe and Mail – Published 07/12/2021

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“A game changer for the pandemic…”

–Lisa Howard, Executive Director for Pioneer Square

JustCARE is a multi-agency, hotel-based intensive case management program actively responding to COVID conditions for the unhoused in support of individuals with complex behavioral health needs who commonly commit law violations or exhibit problematic behavior related to behavioral health conditions. The hotel-based model of care, developed by the PDA CoLEAD team, uses hotels as a temporary lodging component with intensive case management and residential on-site support.

Current JustCARE hotel-based programs include:

  • JustCARE encampment outreach and move coordination provided by the Evergreen Treatment Services REACH program.
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service hotel-based JustCARE program (serving an acute mental health population)
  • Chief Seattle Club hotel-based JustCARE program (serving Native and Indigenous individuals)
  • Public Defender Association hotel-based CoLEAD program
  • WDC Safety Team works with all JustCARE providers.
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