Everett Announces Housing For First 5 of 60 Chronically Homeless

February 3, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

Just got word in that Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson got his birthday wish today with housing arrangements for the first 5 of 60 chronically homeless in Everett. Here’s more from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett…

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Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson speaks at a low barrier roundtable held on Monday with Gov. Inslee.

Mayor Ray Stephanson announced this week that the City of Everett is ready to house its first five chronically homeless individuals.

“Housing the chronically homeless is a major focus of the Safe Streets plan that I announced last September,” said Stephanson. “When Lloyd Pendleton came to Everett in November, he challenged us to accelerate that commitment and secure housing for five people by Feb. 1, and another 15 by the end of June. We are on track to meet those goals.”

Through the Chronic Utilizers Alternative Response Team (CHART) program, the City has identified the four men and one woman who will be housed first. Together, they accounted for hundreds of contacts with first responders and the criminal justice system over the past two years. All suffer from mental health and substance-abuse disorders, and each has been homeless for extended periods of time.

While the City is developing plans for a facility with 60 units, controlled access and on-site supportive services, the initial efforts will house individuals in existing rental units and deliver the supportive services using a “scattered-site” model. The City has partnered with the YWCA to secure housing and provide supportive services for the first 20 individuals, who will be housed in existing units throughout the City.

“We are incredibly grateful for the expertise and partnership of service providers in our community who have stepped up to support our efforts,” said Stephanson. “The YWCA already provides permanent supportive housing for 300 people, and has the knowledge and experience to help us meet our initial goal.”

YWCA staff is working with their network of landlords to secure units that will meet each individual’s specific needs.

“The biggest challenge we face is finding available units in our community, where we have less than two percent rental vacancy,” said Stephanson. “This is a unique opportunity to be a part of something truly life-changing for our most vulnerable citizens, and we encourage interested property managers to contact the YWCA.”

In the meantime, Stephanson has committed to ensuring that the five individuals have access to temporary shelter until the long-term units are available in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Safe Streets plan, visit everettwa.gov/safestreets.




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22 Responses to “Everett Announces Housing For First 5 of 60 Chronically Homeless”

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  2. Eleanore Says:

    I have mental health issues but I also have a job and pay my own rent

  3. Eleanore Says:

    The mayor is enabling drug addicts live rent free and do drugs, nice…what a joke

  4. Carol Gogarty Says:

    I believe these individuals, who made negative comments above did not attend the information sessions on low barrier housing, which have been held for the Everett channel.
    The individuals, who are being placed are the most vulnerable. These are individuals with mental health issues. They are people, who chronically use community resources like the ER and jail. What we are doing with them is not fixing their problems. Studies have shown care for these people can cost nearly One hundred thousand dollars a year rather than fourteen to fifteen thousand dollars. This is a more compassionate AND fiscally responsible way to care for this population.
    Get more educated on these measures, which will actually make our streets safer.
    I applaud Mayor Stephanson’s work and leadership in this city’s endeavor to address and limit the issue of chronic homelessness.

    • Mike Says:

      To quote the article and Carol Gogarty, “All suffer from mental health and substance-abuse disorders, and each has been homeless for extended periods of time.” “The individuals, who are being placed are the most vulnerable. These are individuals with mental health issues.”” This is a more compassionate AND fiscally responsible way to care for this population.
      I would rather see my tax dollars funding mental hospitals again rather than this effort.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Yeah, I noticed how Carol deliberately avoided acknowledging substance abuse and focused on mental health instead.

      • Bourne Says:

        Ditto. This is just another liberal program that keeps growing larger with no real solutions to the root cause problem(s).

    • hello Says:

      How about you foot the bill for the “vulnerable”. Bettet yet, how about you let the junkies live with you? There we go, let’s tell Lawaway Ray we found solution.

  5. Evcc Student Says:

    Ridiculous. I am so sick of dope sick drug addicts running our city. They have no respect for anyone or their property. Have a drug problem? Free housing. Go to school and work, take care of a household? Struggle to make it. Something is BACKWARDS.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    “YWCA staff is working with their network of landlords to secure units that will meet each individual’s specific needs.”

    Where are these units? City government subsidizing a rental to a chronic homeless person is relevant to the neighbors, in the same way a sex offender moving into the neighborhood is.

  7. Zach Says:

    Housing First has been proven to SAVE MONEY. What our city spends on housing for the homeless, it will make up for in savings in law enforcement, public sanitation, emergency healthcare, social services, etc. But you people are so goddamn ignorant and hateful, you’d rather spend the extra taxpayer dollar to keep them on the street.

    • hello Says:

      They could get off the street if they would quit choosing to use heroin. They seem to find money for that. Have you been to Brown Bear Car Wash lately? How about the bus station? Anywhere on Everett? Mall Way?

    • Anonymous Says:

      WORD BRU!!!! UGOTZ #GAMERTAG# BRU

  8. Bourne Says:

    Hizzonor needs to go.

  9. hello Says:

    Gotta love our liberal leaders! Unfortunately this is the new normal and Everett is going to have the same problems as seattle. The drug users are well aware that they will get taxpayers money to support their habit so they have no incentives to stop. There are no consequences for their piss poor choices.

  10. Eleanore Says:

    So you have a drug problem you get free housing….how much rent are they going to pay? or do they just get to sit around all day and not work and get everything for free? how do they pay for their drugs? oh wait, I know the answer to that they rob and steal from people…get these people jobs so they can pay for cheap housing

    • Anonymous Says:

      There is plenty of trash that needs picked up in Everett. Outdoor work with fresh air and exercise as a benefit. Never mind, just add on another TBD fee to my car tabs and forgetaboutit! Happy birthday Layaway Ray.

    • A Says:

      Exactly. We should all become chronic drug users and get free rent. Why work when everything is handed to you.