King County may buy La Quinta Inn as permanent supportive housing location in Kirkland

The city expects a decision on the potential purchase within days or weeks.

A Feb. 1 statement from Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett relayed that King County will potentially be purchasing the La Quinta Inn, located at 10530 Northup Way, as a location for permanent supportive housing in Kirkland.

“This is consistent with the Kirkland City Council’s longstanding commitment to actions to support those experiencing homelessness,” according to the statement. “These actions include investing millions of dollars for human services; funding Helen’s Place, the women and family shelter in Kirkland; investing millions of dollars for low-income housing preservation and construction; and more.”

According to Triplett’s statement, tenants would have connections to health and behavioral health treatment and services. Additionally, there would be 24/7 on-site staffing, as well as a case manager to assist with community programs.

“This site would provide a permanent home, including the stability of privacy, the same bed to sleep in every night, and one’s own bathroom,” according to the statement.

If purchased, future tenants would undergo a screening and referral process, and be enrolled in the Homeless Management Information System. This location would not act as a homeless shelter, or accept walk-ins, and it would not be a safe-injection site. Any unlawful activities would not be permitted.

“The city will require a robust community engagement process to ensure our community has a voice in issues related to the ongoing operations of the site,” according to the statement.

The city of Kirkland expects a final decision on the purchase to be made within days or weeks.

To learn more about Kirkland’s Health Through Housing Initiative, click here.