Everett Hopes Signs Stop Direct Giving Near Mission

March 22, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

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Will this sign stop people from donating directly?

Direct giving of food, clothes, blankets and other items to those in the area of Smith Street north of the Everett Gospel mission has been going on for years. Church groups, neighborhood groups and individuals have been passing things out directly to the people on the sidewalk. The City of Everett has now posted signs asking people to not give directly but to go through the city’s website or by calling 2-1-1. Here’s a press release issued from the City of Everett explaining the signs.

We recently posted signs at Smith Avenue to encourage community members to donate to organizations serving the homeless, rather than directly to those on the streets. Drop-off of food, clothing, bedding and furniture on Smith Avenue leads to unsanitary conditions and an excess of trash and debris along the roadway.

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A look at Smith Street Tuesday afternoon.

“We are so grateful for our generous community members who want to help those in need in Everett,” said Chief Dan Templeman. “Unfortunately, these efforts can have the unintended consequence of creating unsafe buildups of garbage on our streets, which also has a negative effect on nearby businesses and residents.”

City of Everett Public Works currently deploy crews twice a week to remove piles of trash and wet and dirty items that were intended to be helpful, but have been left in public areas with no one to dispose of them.

For those wishing to provide support, the City encourages community members to donate to organizations providing services to those on street, rather than directly to individuals. A list of organizations is available on our website. In addition, we have established a Streets Initiative fund to provide immediate assistance for the chronically homeless who are transitioning into treatment, housing or other services.

The signs also provide information for those looking for help with rental assistance, job training, food, shelter, or support services. Volunteers of America manages the 2-1-1 information and referral line, which is available 24/7 to connect people with resources in their community.




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