Refugees to be housed in King County-owned Redmond hotel

Redmond’s Silver Cloud Inn was obtained in July 2021 by the county to help its everlasting supportive housing initiative.

REDMOND, Clean. — As western Washington prepares for an inflow of refugees from Ukraine as Russia continues its invasion, King County is scheduling to use the Silver Cloud Inn in Redmond as temporary housing for people fleeing to the U.S.

The resort, acquired in July 2021, is a aspect of the county’s Wellbeing As a result of Housing initiative, which appears to be to invest in lodges and apartment buildings to swiftly stand up supportive housing for the chronically homeless all over the location.

Even so, just as he did with a Federal Way property for Afghan refugees, Executive Dow Constantine declared Thursday that he and his office environment is pivoting the home to serve fleeing refugees quickly even though they get ready to resettle in the Pacific Northwest.

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The house will be operate in partnership with the state’s Business of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, the city of Redmond, the Worldwide Rescue Committee and other associates.

The resort will be open up to refugees through a referral system commencing the 1st 7 days of May well, the county stated in a release, incorporating that it expects to continue on housing refugees on the property by way of September 2022.

“No make any difference the storm overseas, King County will always be a safe and sound harbor. We welcome all who arrive from other nations, and we stand completely ready to support them as they make a new start off below in the United States,” Constantine claimed.

The county said that working with the home for refugees will not delay the implementation of the Wellbeing As a result of Housing designs. The resort will reopen as permanent supportive housing by the conclude of the year, according to the county.

As of Thursday, about 15,000 refugees have designed it to the U.S. since the commence of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24. 

Resettlement businesses in Seattle have also put out a contact for a lot more volunteers to open their houses to refugees whilst they await everlasting housing placement.

Meanwhile, U.S. officers say that the the greater part of the about 5 million refugees that have already fled the state wish to stay in Eastern Europe.

On Thursday morning, ahead of a scheduled journey to Portland and Seattle, President Joe Biden announced one more $800 million in armed forces aid for Ukraine, which carries on to set up rigid resistance to the militarily excellent Russian forces.