Many changes in the air due to a bunch of reasons including our ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Seattle’s roller coaster economy but a big one going on right now affects Seattle’s oldest non-profit serving the LGBTQ community. Seattle Counseling Services has been an integral part of our community in its current form since 1969 (it’s also the oldest LGBTQ mental health agency in the world) and they’re moving from their longtime home on Capitol Hill to a new location a few blocks west in the area known as the Denny Triangle.
We’ve got some big and exciting news to share – WE’RE MOVING!
Our move dates are on July 25th & 26th, 2020 and we expect to be fully operational in our new space by the first week of August 2020.
We’re going to miss being on Capitol Hill but our new building is less than a mile away!
It’s our priority to to continue serving our community and with Telehealth there will be no lapse in service for our clients.
Thank you everyone for being with us as we go through this transition.
Seattle Counseling has been at their current location at 1216 Pine Street for the last 16 years but they’ve outgrown that space. Their new location at the Sixth & Lenora Building, 2033 Sixth Avenue will give them more space in a newly remodeled building. More poo including news they will have a presence back on Capitol Hill once the new senior LGBTQ housing and center on Broadway opens in 2022:
SCS and our greater LGBTQ+ community have a rich and important history in Capitol Hill. While we made sincere efforts to stay in the neighborhood, there were no spaces that could accommodate our needs within our budget. Like many LGBTQ+ individuals, families, and organizations, we can longer afford to stay – but that doesn’t mean we won’t stay connected, and we’re just down the street. We are very excited to announce that we will have a presence at Capitol Hill Housing’s The Eldrige providing counseling service to our aging LGBTQ+ population. This LGBTQ+ senior center providing affordable housing and services is scheduled to open Winter of 2022.
- More Space – There will be 11 more therapy rooms, totaling 34 compared to our current 23.
- Capacity – Because of more rooms, we will be able to see more clients, thus resulting in shorter wait times for new clients seeking service.
- New services – We will have testing facilities in this new building which will allow us to provide in-house med-management testing and eventually STI and HIV testing.
- Facilities – The Sixth & Lenora building was recently renovated in 2007 and provides more reliable infrastructure for our day-to-day operations. This means working elevators! The floor we will occupy, is being built out to suit our needs for privacy and confidentiality.
- Accessibility – The entire building and 4th floor which SCS will be occupying will be more wheelchair accessible than our old building.
- Transportation – Our new location is much more central to public transportation, making our services more accessible to communities in all areas of the Greater Seattle / King County area.