FAQ

What ages does ROOTS serve?

ROOTS serves young adults ages 18-25

How many beds do you have?

ROOTS is a 45-bed shelter

Do you serve dinner?

ROOTS serves dinner every night, as well as breakfast every morning.

How do I get on the list?

Call (206) 632-1635 or arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 PM and ask to put your name on the list. If more than 45 people are trying to access shelter, then a random drawing is done at 8:30PM to determine who will be turned away. The doors open for sign-in at 9.

What is the maximum length of stay?

ROOTS requires individuals to put their name on the list every night they want to access shelter. There is no maximum length of stay.

Do I need an ID to stay at ROOTS?

ROOTS requires a government-issued photo ID within 5 stays OR a note from a case manager saying you are in the process of getting an ID.

Can I bring my pet?

ROOTS does not allow pet animals in shelter. Service animals are permitted.

Can I do laundry there?

ROOTS has laundry available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Can I take a shower?

ROOTS has shower facilities available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Can I reserve a bed in advance?

Reserving a bed in advance requires prior arrangements with staff.Guests may be able to reserve a bed in advance if working or attending school conflicts with shelter hours.

Do I need to be sober in order to access shelter?

No, as long as you can still follow shelter rules, respect others, and maintain safety. ROOTS is a low barrier shelter that does not turn guests away due to intoxication; however, NO drug or alcohol use ON shelter grounds will be tolerated.

Are there case managers available on site?

Support Coordinators from Teen Feed are available Monday through Thursday.

Can I bring my children?

Due to Washington State law, ROOTS cannot accept any person under the age of 18.

What other services do you provide?

ROOTS is an overnight shelter, and does not have day time services.