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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19 Responses to “Everett Hopes Signs Stop Direct Giving Near Mission”

  1. HannahOreally Says:

    Leave it to f***tards to bring anything political into this subject!!! Do you SERIOUSLY need a forum about a bunch of drug addicts being slime ball lazy idiots to pull out your soap boxes? Shows the true mentality of today’s politics. Its society that has failed to recognize it’s uncanny and ineffective ways of dealing with this problem. Just look the other way? Burying our heads in the sand is what we are taught to do……actually Everett is way worse than Seattle. On that one block you are subject to having crap thrown at you, watching people shoot up, etc.. I was homeless for 10 years and I NEVER would disrespect a place that I could hang out. In my experience and it is my opinion that the majority of homelessness is a choice.

  2. HannahOreally Says:

    Leave it to f***tards to bring anything political into this subject!!! Do you SERIOUSLY need a forum about a bunch of drug addicts being slime ball lazy idiots to pull out your soap boxes? Shows the true mentality of today’s politics. Its society that has failed to recognize it’s uncanny and ineffective ways of dealing with this problem. Just look the other way? Burying our heads in the sand is what we are taught to do……actually Everett is way

  3. Anon Says:

    And worthy of leaving trash and not using a garbage like the rest of society. They can’t even put garbage away. One of the simplest tasks of all time. I guess they feel the Earth owes it to them.

    Everything is free and available to them at their fingertips, they just need to clean up.

    Why stand up for someone who is literally committing a crime when they toss a gum wrapper on the ground? They use you for your money at intersections then drop out of sight. They who can’t obey the simplest of laws and use a crosswalk. City property doesn’t belong to you, get a place to live and pay taxes like the rest of us.

    Sure everyone does a little something against the law, like speeding. Speeding doesn’t create mounds of garbage that Hazmat suits have to come in and clean up. I’m a pretty compassionate person, but comes a time when compassion leads to being taken advantage of. And that’s exactly what they’re doing to the system.

  4. R Anon Says:

    Everett! You had side walk signs saying, “Don’t feed the homeless.” That didn’t work for them either.
    Trying to call those agencies for help puts you on a waiting list. Just WHERE do they think people are going to wait? How do THEY think it’s going to look while people wait? Too bad the city has to clean up after them at least some compassionate people are reaching out to let the homeless addicts know they are people and of value and worthy of clean dry clothing and a meal.

  5. Mike N Says:

    That picture does not even begin to do justice to the mounds of trash and filth I see there every morning, on my way to the transit center. I mean really, it’s freaking incredible how much waste is produced by 10-25 homeless individuals lying there overnight. I’ve seen less trash left behind at outdoor rock festivals and political rallies.

  6. Anon Says:

    I suppose it’s difficult to get a job when you live in a Dole Banana box.

  7. Anon Says:

    The Bourne trolls are most likely the same trolls living under the bridge on their cellular networks. Get off the internet and get a job!

    If you want to blame anyone for this mess, blame a democrat- They’re the ones in office. Trump isn’t even elected yet. It’s not his problem.
    Typical democrat spin. If it doesn’t suit your narrative, call them a bigot or racist- Smear the hell out of it until they look like the bad guy.

    Do you seriously not think there’s something wrong with people choosing to live off the grid, injecting themselves with all sorts of crap, and stealing from hard working people? When you ask a hard working person for a dollar, you’re stealing.

    And yet you blame trump. You probably should be sterilized so your stupidity doesn’t breed.

    • Mark Warren Says:

      thats funny ‘Anon’….

      seriously…

      suggesting that someone should be sterilized…

      OF COURSE YOU SUPPORT HITLER… I mean trump…

      Because Hitler said exactly the same thing about those he disagreed with…

      Just ‘sterilize’ them…

      of course you didnt mean it like that, just like trump doesnt mean the things he says… right?

      #DrMorq

      • Anon Says:

        That’s exactly right, I jokingly suggested someone sterilize themselves for the greater good of the country. Your Trump comparison to Hitler is Democrat fiction. The same way Black Lives Matter and hands up don’t shoot is fiction.

        You trying to make me feel bad for having a choice in a political candidate is exactly the politcal power Dems wish they had. They don’t want you to choose between two, they want executive power. A democrat in office in every position across the globe!
        I’m pretty sure Obama said he’d stay for a 3rd term if he could… and fourth. And I’m pretty sure there was someone named Adolf that wanted to stay longer too.

        Trump hasn’t even been elected for anything, he has never had any political pull besides his campaign donations. So to compare a man who has never killed anyone to someone who exterminated millions of people is the typical Dem spin I mentioned. If you don’t agree with someone, you protest them, or shout louder than them and kick them off the stage and call them bigots and racists to get votes.

        There’s been plenty of people that have compared Obama to many bad people too. If you’d like I can gladly list the comparisons. I’d rather not, because I don’t go to extremes and call people Hitler. Hitler is the worst person to ever have existed. And you suggest some business guy compares?! I’d like to know what other things you compare! Was your turd the size of 9/11? Did your fart blow the Hindenburg? I guess you listen to whatever MSNBC tells you.

        You words would matter if anything had any substance to them. But since you’re the typical Washington voter, bashing any Trump supporter- I’m assuming you voted for big O. But you have zero to back it up besides wasted programs and tax money.

        Also, did I mention Hilary lied and people died? She must be the Wicked Witch!

  8. Bourne Says:

    I am an idiot please repost

  9. Anon Says:

    Teach a man to fish…

  10. Anon Says:

    Look at them lovey folks just hanging out on their phones.
    Who’s paying for that? The people that give them money in the intersections.

    But they gotta keep in contact with their drug dealers and parole officers.

  11. Bourne Says:

    How about the city provides one-way tickets to the Seattle Homeless encampment(s) Let them become Mayor Murray’s problem.

  12. Tracy Owen Says:

    I like it. Being homeless does not give one a right to trash our environment.