UHeights is proud to serve as a host site for Seattle Community Fridge. The goal of a community fridge is to fight food insecurity, along with food waste, by providing free food to those in need. Community fridges are accessible 24/7, and anyone is able to donate food. Take what you need, Leave what you can!
Free Vegetarian Food Truck
UHeights is proud to host NorthWest SHARE’s Free Vegetarian Food Truck that serves free hot vegetarian meals four times a week. They are serving the University District and Seattle community every week in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Service days and times include Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. Come by, stay for a while and enjoy a hot meal.
UHeights serves 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. Restrooms are cleaned frequently and regularly to ensure cleanliness.
We also serve as a site for the Seattle Street Sink, installed right by the bus stop (bus lines to UHeights include bus lines: 45, 73, and 373) in front of our building. This is an inexpensive solution to provide the simple, but critical function of handwashing. Designed by Jeff Hou & team, and sponsored by Real Change.
The U District Safe Lot is a program designed for people who are experiencing homelessness and using their vehicles as their primary residence. A safe lot provides them a safe and stable place to park their vehicles so they may remain compliant with local laws, have access to restroom facilities, and be able to regularly access social services.
UHeights is proud to host the overnight U District Safe Lot, which will serve up to five vehicles (no RVs). In Spring 2020, we opened our parking lot to people living in their cars, providing them a safe place to park, along with access to hygiene services and case management.
Subvert UD is a youth and student led club in which volunteers and club members come together to provide free hot meals for those who may want and need a free meal. Come by and enjoy meals at UHeights’ basketball court like quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, chicken based meals, and a variety of other recipes by the community, for the community. This free meal program is every Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 2pm or until food supply runs out!
University District Street Medicine
University District Street Medicine is a student-led group and organization dedicated to improving health equity amongst those who are facing houselessness and/or displaced people who are lacking reliable access to quality healthcare. UDSM’s mobile health van's goal is assisting those in need with health assessments & essential living items while establishing a connection with our local-area homeless community. Hosted on UHeights’ parking lot, upcoming service dates at UHeights: Fridays 5/28 and 6/11 from 6 to 8:30 pm.
Vehicle Residency Outreach
UHeights fiscally sponsors and manages this program that addresses legal issues such as excess parking tickets and impounding of cars that impact people who use their vehicles as their home. Five outreach workers do outreach throughout the City providing resources such as: connection to other social services and housing; vehicle repair; and gas/food gift cards.