Citizens Can Now Donate To Everett Safe Streets Fund

March 4, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

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Instead of giving directly to people on the street and wondering if the donation was really going to help, you can now give to a fund administered by the City of Everett.

More good news from the Community Streets Initiative as the City of Everett has now made it possible for those who want to financially contribute to the Safe Streets program to do so in a way that offers tangible support to those ready to accept help.

“Through our social worker and CHART programs, we know that obstacles like lack of transportation or clean clothes can be major barrier for someone who’s ready to seek treatment,” said Julie Frauenholtz, coordinator for the Community Streets Initiative. “This is a way for our community to help fill those gaps at a pivotal moment in someone’s life.”

Here’s more information from the City of Everett about the fund and how you can donate…

Streets Initiative Flex Fund

We have established a Streets Initiative Fund to provide immediate assistance for our chronically homeless residents as they confront barriers while seeking solutions for the challenges they face.

The Fund will enable the City’s embedded social workers, law enforcement officers, and CHART team to offer a variety of simple but necessary interventions. This support can make the difference between a new start and more of the same, between homeless and housed, and, at times, between life and death.  The fund will help fill the gaps in services and financial obstacles our most challenged residents confront during that brief turning point when they are ready for help.

Examples of what the funds may be used for:

  • To transport (plane tickets, bus tickets etc.) an individual to medical appointments, detox, treatment, housing, or community/family of origin
  • To provide a long-stay at a hotel for a homeless individual awaiting housing, detox, or services
  • To provide groceries or vouchers for food
  • To provide an ID card at the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • To help clean clothes at the laundromat
  • To provide incidentals while in transition to treatment or housing, such as shoes, clothes, bedding, toiletries, or communication devices.


  • Donations are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code since it will be made for a public purpose.  The City’s Federal ID # is 91-6001248
  • Checks are made to City of Everett
  • Include your name and mailing address so a receipt can be mailed to you

Mail or deliver checks to:

City of Everett, Community Streets Initiative Fund
Julie Frauenholtz, Coordinator
2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 9E
Everett, WA 98201

Questions? Call 425-257-7122 or email


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13 Responses to “Citizens Can Now Donate To Everett Safe Streets Fund”

  1. DON Says:


  2. another idea Says:

    I would like to see those ready to make a change go to the men’s or women’s shelter and the like, where, if they abide by the rules, they can stay, and more programs be developed for the disabled, mentally ill and elderly.

  3. the truth is Says:

    Jessica, YOU sound judgmental. these other posters have the right to voice their opinions too. You DO NOT know the details of THEIR situation either, and a few one liners does not define their entire belief. I for one have had drug addiction and homelessness strike my family, and now the family members are on the road to recovery, I can tell you that every single person that helped them out had to worker HARDER than the recovering addict or homeless person did.

  4. Jessica Says:

    This is great news FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY READY TO MAKE A CHANGE, all of you people who have nothing good to say need to keep your mouth closed. It is a HAND UP not a HAND OUT, and it is for those who are already on the path to recovery and change. Are you without fault? Judgemental people who have never needed a hand up…..YOU NEVER KNOW THE DETAILS OF A PERSONS ENTIRE LIFE, SITUATIONS, or EXPERIENCES UNLESS YOU KNOW. THERE ARE SCAMMERS ALL AROUND, BUT THERE ARE ALOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN SITUATIONS THAT NEED A LITTLE ASSISTANCE, a HAND UP….if you want to give then give freely and if you don’t want to give then do not give but quit complaining, this is a work in progress and I believe wholeheartedly worthwhile. If you or someone you love have never experienced homelessness or addiction I am very happy for you, if addiction or homelessness has touched you and you are able to help someone with a hand up I encourage you to give as generously as you are able to do.

    • CT Says:

      I was homeless for years, along with my family, when I was a kid. We never took for granted anything given to us, and worked hard to earn our way back. I’m from the deep south where entitlements aren’t just given out like they are here.

      These addictions are results of choices made.

      I am particularly angry today because yesterday while walking to work downtown, I was followed at arm’s length by 3 junkies who were screaming obscenities so loud I’d swear they could’ve broken glass. In my 2 and a half years here, situations like this have happened to me many times. However right now I am expecting my first child. I have a visible baby bump, and these degenerates made me fear for my life. They blocked me from sidewalks and one circled me on his bike while calling me an a**hole. I can’t afford a car so I rely on the bus and on walking, but now I am afraid to do that. Where is my free stuff? I work while having pregnancy complications, and my husband works full time, and we still barely get by and don’t qualify for any assistance, but these people WHO DO NOT TRY TO HELP THEMSELVES do. I can’t tell you how many junkies I have seen with ipads and laptops and cellphones, all the while asking for money and angry that they aren’t getting more.

      Enough of feeling sorry for these people, and yes I am saying “these people” because they have no dignity. When you harass a pregnant woman and bring her to tears you deserve no sympathy. At my family’s lowest point never did we forget our dignity.

      It’s a shame I won’t be able to take my baby for walks downtown because of these situations. So when people like me see articles like this, it’s hard not to respond with snide comments because what else can we do? We are helpless as well. If you’re going to defend this, thicken your skin because many of us are fed up.

    • b Says:

      Thank you Jessica for taking the time to write what I was thinking! And Thank You for giving out the info for those of us who want to help the city clean up Everett’s drug problem and offer to help with a “Hand UP”.

  5. Bourne Says:

    Stick a needle in your arm and develop a sense of entitlement?

  6. Faded Paint Says:

    So, where can this broke, employed taxpayer get a handout like this?

  7. Surely Says:

    I had to work 7 days a week last month for my ‘communication device’ can I have one for free?

  8. Surely Says:

    Sure, I would love to get a long stay for free at a hotel. how do I sign up?

  9. Eleanore Says:

    More hand outs for drug addicts, nice. Meanwhile the working class is barely making ends meet and work for everything they have

  10. Donkey Hotay Says:

    Sure, I’ll donate to what amounts to a government slush fund. What could go wrong?

  11. Bourne Says:

    ‘To transport (plane tickets…’

    LOL. A free trip to Cabo would be nice.