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May 17, 2022

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Friday Is Bike Everywhere Day In Everett

Click to learn more and how to participate in Everett’s “Bike Everywhere Day” this Friday at Everett Station.

This Friday May 20th from 7 AM – 12 Noon Everett Transit will be holding a series of special events for “Bike Everywhere Day” in Everett, Washington.

Everett Transit will host a Celebration Station at Everett Station that will include:

  • Bike balance box competition
  • 2022 Bike Everywhere t-shirts
  • Prize giveaways
  • Road cycling safety training
  • Bike checks courtesy of Bicycle Centres of Everett & Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop
  • Information about new bike paths and trails that connect you to Everett and beyond
  • Bike locker information and much more!
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    To learn more about bicycling and bicycle resources in Everett check out this website.



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    May 17, 2022

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    No Injuries In Early Morning RV Fire

    No injuries but a motorhome was heavily damaged in a fire early this morning. Shortly before 6 AM a motorhome in the 10200 block of 3rd Ave SE in south Everett was reported on fire.

    Residents tried to use an extinguisher to put out the flames, but they were not able to stop the spread out of the front end.

    The crew from Everett Fire Engine 7 arrived to put out the fire. No injuries and the cause is under investigation.

    The fire was reported just before 6 AM.

    Engine 7 responded to put the fire out.

    There were no injuries.



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    May 16, 2022

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    Rower Rescued After Boat Flips In Snohomish River

    This in from Everett Fire regarding the rescue of a rower who fell out of his boat in the Snohomish River this morning.

    Photo provided by Everett Fire.

    Just after 8:00 a.m., Everett Fire was dispatched to a water rescue for a male who capsized in the Snohomish River near the Dagmar’s Marina in the 1800 block of Ross Avenue.

    The victim, an 80yo male who is an experienced rower, called 911 stating his rowing shell had capsized. The subject, who stated he was not injured but was cold, floated down the river for a few minutes until he made it to a wood pylon near the shore, where he waited to be rescued.

    Everett Fire launched their drone to assist with aerial coverage for the search and rescue on the river, while Everett Fire’s Marine Team launched their Inmar boat to rescue the victim. The victim, who had been in the water for approximately 30 minutes, was safely moved into the fire boat and brought to shore for medical evaluation.

    Medic 5 and Aid 2 transported the patient to Providence Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for hypothermia. He has since been released from the hospital.

    Firefighters were able to secure the rowing shell.

    Everett Police also responded and assisted on the scene.

    This incident is a good reminder to the community to wear their life jackets when on the water.

    In 2021, Everett Fire received a grant of $47,393.00 from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund that allowed us to purchase two drones to be used in emergency operations. This resource has proven to be a valuable tool for aerial operations on incidents such as this call. Everett Fire would like to again thank the Tulalip Tribes for their generosity with this grant.



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    May 16, 2022

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    Over Height Truck Strikes Northbound 529 Bridge To Marysville

    This will have a major impact on the evening commute north out of Everett.

    2:45 PM Update: Those headed to Marysville from Everett, Washington on 529 are being detoured after an apparent over height semi struck the bridge over the Snohomish River. Traffic northbound Broadway is being diverted to E. Marine View Drive. Current option is to take the northbound I-5 onramp at Everett Avenue to get to Marysville.

    A bridge inspection crew from WSDOT has been dispatched but already there is gridlock in the area.



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    May 16, 2022

    Comments Off on Point In Time Count Shows Increase With Those Living Unsheltered In Everett And Snohomish County

    Point In Time Count Shows Increase With Those Living Unsheltered In Everett And Snohomish County

    Today Snohomish County issued the latest edition of their annual Point In Time Count that tries to get a snapshot of those living unsheltered in Everett and Snohomish County. The Pandemic has limited collection somewhat but the numbers put together show another uptick in the number of people experiencing homelessness. Here’s a press release out today with the numbers they have.

    Snohomish County’s Annual Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) count, designed to provide a snapshot of households experiencing homelessness on a single night, was conducted on February 22, 2022. While PIT counts traditionally occur in January, this change from previous counts was the result of a COVID-19 related extension granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This survey was supported by the efforts of 204 volunteers, county personnel, and partnering agency staff. The unsheltered PIT count was not conducted in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 count identified 1,184 people in 953 households residing in shelter, transitional housing, or living without shelter in Snohomish County the night of February 21, 2022, the highest number since 2012.

    “There are far too many members of our community who have no home and are traumatized daily by their lack of shelter,” said Director of Snohomish County Human Services Mary Jane Brell Vujovic. “This count allows us to quantify this community challenge and give us a better perspective on what is taking place across the county. We are committed to doing all we can to relieve suffering and help our neighbors transition to a more stable and sustainable life.”

    The PIT count is required by state and federal funders and is used in program planning.  It includes people residing in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and living without shelter. Because the unsheltered count relies on volunteer survey takers who visit encampments, food banks, community resource locations, and known areas where people who are unsheltered congregate, the previous methodology was prone to undercounting families experiencing homelessness.  Snohomish County’s continued commitment to increase the usability and accuracy of the PIT count data led to a change in methodology for locating homeless households in 2019 and included a new strategy to locate households experiencing homelessness. 

    Snohomish County continues to mitigate limitations by using the extensive data in the Coordinated Entry system to locate and actively reach out to obtain surveys from households that have been historically undercounted. Additionally, due to an expected decrease in volunteers this year due to the pandemic, the count utilized partnerships in the community with Law Enforcement Embedded Social Workers, First Responders, Tribal Service Providers, Social Services Agencies and Human Services employees.

    As with the last unsheltered count conducted in 2020, a service-based count was conducted in the six days following the initial count. The service-based count gave service providers an opportunity to survey individuals they contacted after the count about their situation on the night of February 21. Navigators in the Coordinated Entry system also contacted the households with whom they work to conduct surveys. Surveys were de-duplicated by the HMIS Data and Program Analyst team.

    The Data Behind the PIT Count

    Despite increased efficiencies and investments across the system which continue to assist more households each year, the total PIT count—including individuals residing in shelter, transitional housing, and living without shelter—is the highest it has been since 2012. From its low point in 2015, when 829 people were identified, the PIT count increased 42.8% to 1,184 in 2022 and represents an increase of 52 individuals from 2020 when the last complete count was conducted. Within that overall count, the number of people living unsheltered decreased by 13.2% from 673 in 2020 to 584 in the 2022 count.

    Conversely, the sheltered count (600) is a reflection of system capacity and is the highest it has been since 2013. This increase of 30.7% over the number in 2020 (459) is due to an increase in shelter capacity including cold weather shelters which were open the night of the count.

    The count varied in important ways from previous years. The number of households with children experiencing homelessness (92) did not change from the last full count in 2020, but the number of households experiencing sheltered homelessness increased 52.4% (168 to 256) while unsheltered households with children decreased 73.3% (116 to 31). There was also a decrease in the number of households with children experiencing chronic homelessness from 2020 (37) to 2022 (29). Households with only children also decreased by 50% (30 to 15). The total number of households without children experiencing unsheltered homelessness changed very little from 2020 to 2022, but there was an increase in households without children experiencing chronic homelessness (448 to 499). This means that more than 50% of all households without children experiencing homelessness in Snohomish County are chronically homeless.

    Of note, there was a decrease in the number of people whose race is Black, African American, or African from 11.2% in 2020 to 6.4% in 2022. In contrast, the number of people who are Hispanic/Latin(a)(o)(x) showed a slight increased from 10.6% to 11.23%. The number of households with a veteran increased from 41 to 46. The percentage of people having a gender of female or male remained relatively unchanged, but there was a slight increase in the number of people who are transgender, questioning, or who have a gender that is not singularly female or male (e.g., non-binary, genderfluid, agender, culturally specific gender) from .97% to 1.44%.

    While an imperfect measure, the PIT count is one of the tools used to inform priorities for federal, state, and local funding. It also helps identify trends and craft solutions for the needs of vulnerable individuals and families. The analysis and overall trend data are utilized by the Snohomish County Partnership to End Homelessness as one of many tools to track progress toward goals to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness. Additional historical Snohomish County PIT information can be explored at https://snohomishcountywa.gov/2857/Point-In-Time.

     



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    May 15, 2022

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    Starbucks Dedicates 10th And Broadway Store To EPD Officer Dan Rocha

    The Everett Police Department posted the following on their social media feed today and we wanted to pass it along here for those who may not follow on that platform.

    Photo courtesy Everett PD

    Photo courtesy Everett PD

    On the afternoon of March 25th of this year, Officer Dan Rocha went to his local Starbucks at 1010 North Broadway Ave. This was his Starbucks; he knew the partners beyond just their names, knowing their lives, sharing in their successes, and was part of their Starbucks family. In return, they knew Dan’s go-to order, his smile, and how he was always his authentic self.

    Shortly after getting his coffee that day, he was tragically killed in the parking lot while investigating a suspicious circumstance. Today, on National Peace Officer Memorial Day, the partners at Dan’s favorite Starbucks shut down the store to take time to honor him as an Officer and a key part of the community.

    They welcomed members from the Everett Police Department and Dan’s family to dedicate the store to his memory.

    Thank you Starbucks, the partners, and managers for the heartfelt dedication and your support in honoring Officer Dan Rocha.



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