This new development will provide Seattle’s aging homeless population with housing and health care

As King County’s homeless population ages and grows, shelters, service providers and hospitals are becoming overwhelmed by both the number of clients they serve and the increasingly severe medical conditions those clients face. In response to this problem, a combination clinic and housing project is being developed. The project, Hobson Place, is led by the Downtown Emergency Service Center in partnership with Harborview Medical Center. It will contain 177 permanent supportive housing units — with wraparound services geared toward people who have long struggled with some combination of homelessness and disability — and a clinic capable of serving 10,000 low-income clients per year. The project will be unique in its ability to combine physical and mental health care and to bring those services directly to clients.