Operation Nightwatch provides both emergency shelter and permanent housing for several sub-populations of homeless adults. Operation Nightwatch firmly believes that no homeless person will become stable without safe shelter, whether that is emergency shelter, transitional housing, or a permanent affordable option.
Use of Best Practices
The Senior Housing Program at Operation Nightwatch provides permanent housing for 24 formerly homeless seniors. Support services and activities are designed to aid residents in maintaining themselves in stable housing, without a return to the street. This support also assists residents as they age in place, reducing reliance on institutional care, and improving health outcomes over those seniors living in shelters.
Partnerships and Collaboration
Operation Nightwatch serves as a late-night conduit between people in need and service providers. Nightwatch outplaces an average of 170 homeless people every night to shelter beds, including the 108 people staying in Nightwatch-funded shelters. To accomplish this, Nightwatch works closely with the Downtown Emergency Service Center, Angeline’s, Bread of Life Mission, Compass, Millionair Club, Noel House, Salvation Army Women, Union Gospel Mission, and Tent City 3, on a nightly basis.
Operation Nightwatch has maintained a very loyal and stable donor base of small but long term donors. Staff are skilled at telling the story of their work, and strong emphasis on cultivating long term relationships with supporters. Giving has continued to be strong through the economic downturn as Nightwatch receives little support from government sources.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$10,000.00||support general operating expenses.|