Coronavirus Information

(Updated on 6/23/2020)

UHeights continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely. The safety, health and well-being of our community is our top priority, and with that in mind, we are officially closed to the public, based on the public health directives from Washington state. Events have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online, please check our Events page for updates. The use of hourly rental rooms is postponed indefinitely until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.


Please stay tuned to the phased approach planned for reopening and the risk assesment dashboard.

In this time of social distancing, it is important that we continue to connect with our most vulnerable neighbors. Phone calls, texting, and emailing are not a risk!   Let’s continue to strengthen the social fabric that makes our community center such a vibrant and impactful place. 

What We Are Doing:

Although UHeights is closed to the public except for vital services like daycare, we are doing all we can to remain connected to our community and are actively pivoting our programming and initiatives to continue to be a resource. This includes:

  • Ensuring the building remains clean and safe for our childcare-providing resident organizations to continue to serve 55 little ones, with plans to expand services for another 100 children;

  • Hosting an expanded schedule of NorthWest SHARE’s Free Vegetarian Food Truck, giving out free meals four times a week (Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun - 6 to 8 pm);

  • Hosting University District Street Medicine's mobile clinic on alternate Fridays from 6 to 8 pm;

  • Serving as a site for a Hygiene Station opened up by the City of Seattle on the corner of 50th and the Ave, so that people who are unsheltered can have access to clean running water and restrooms. The station includes two toilets (one is ADA accessible) and a hand washing station;

  • Hosting the City of Seattle's Mobile Shower Station on Sundays and Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm in our northeast parking lot every week for the next few months. The service includes showers, sinks, and toilets, and runs on a first come, first served basis. 

  • Serving as a site for the Seattle Street Sink, an inexpensive solution to providing the simple, but critical function of handwashing (Thank You to Jeff Hou & team for designing this, and Real Change for sponsoring). The Street Sink has been installed right by the bus stop in front of UHeights.

  • Moving online and expanding many of our programs, like Thursdays at 10, Zumba, children's shows with entertainers like Daffy Dave, and adding new programs like Bollywood Dance, Community Poetry, TIPS For Teens, Kindness Workshops, to help seniors and other community members stay connected and active;

  • Proceeding with the launch of our planned Safe Lot for people living in their cars. We have a couple of slots still open, if you know someone who needs help, please let them know; 

  • Rapidly mobilizing to provide rent and utility relief for our resident organizations and small-business hourly renters, many of whom are in danger of permanently closing. 

We are available to answer questions and address any of your concerns, please reach out to us. Stay tuned to this page for info on UHeights policies and updates.


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