Community Engagement

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: 
December 2018
December 2018

Through a Press Release and Media Event, CFH announced the preferred site in Eastgate, which generated press coverage.

January 2019 - June 2019
January 2019 - June 2019

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. 

September 2019 - November 2019
September 2019 - November 2019

CFH issued a press release announcing plans for the Eastgate Campus, which includes Inland and Horizon Housing Alliance. 

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.  

June 2020 - March 2021
June 2020 - March 2021

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 hosted community meetings on November 5, 2020 and February 4, 2021 to provide an open dialogue between the applicant, the operator, and the surrounding property owners. The city's notice of application (January 21, 2021 Weekly Permit Bulletin) offered details about the project. 

Summer - Fall 2021
Summer - Fall 2021

The Good Neighbor Agreement Advisory Committee met five times between May and September 2021. Each meeting addressed a specific purpose: to build community agreements; review the design; and review the operations of the shelter

The final Good Neighbor Agreement was presented to the Development Director in September. On Oct. 21, 2021, the Development Services Department completed its review of CFH's Conditional Use Application, issued a Notice of Recommendation and held a virtual public hearing on Nov. 4, 2021. A total of 32 written and oral comments were provided to the hearing, 100% in support. On Nov. 19, 2021, the Hearing Examiner rendered a final decision for CFH's Conditional Use Permit. Read the Hearing Examiner's Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision.

In November, CFH issued a press release announcing two recent $1 million gifts to its capital campaign for the project.

Winter 2022
Winter 2022

CFH begins its nationwide search for artists to complete the 3000 square foot mural on the public-facing exterior wall.

CFH restarts its Community Advisory Group by scheduling monthly meetings. If you would like to know more about CFH, our programs or the new campus, please reach out to Linda Hall at lindah@cfhomeless.org.