What Low-Barrier Housing In Everett May Look Like

June 2, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

low-barrier site

The site is on Berkshire behind the Peking Duck and Jiffy Lube east of Evergreen Way.

It seems certain…Low Barrier Housing is coming to Everett.

Wednesday night the Everett City Council approved an agreement for Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson to begin exclusive negotiations with Catholic Housing Services for construction and operation of a low-barrier supportive housing facility in Everett on city owned land near Pecks and Evergreen Way.

It’s not a go-ahead on the project, just the negotiation of a contract that the city council would still have to approve but it appears the council is in favor of the idea. Next week the city council will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the zoning code that would allow low barrier housing.

Catholic Housing Services was the only low barrier supportive housing operator to submit a proposal to the city. In their proposal they outlined their team information, development and operations experience, ability to secure funding for the project, understanding of the Everett service area and their development concept. You can click the link below to see their full Statement of Qualifications.

Statement of Qualifications by Catholic Housing Services RFQ 2016-048

This morning MyEverettNews.com made an unannounced trip to one of the facilities owned and operated by Catholic Housing Services. Patrick Place is located at 4251 Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. It is a housing development that serves single adults or couples with no children. It is permanent housing with 71 units so is very similar to what is being proposed for Everett. We wanted to show first hand what one of these developments look like and give you our impressions. After arriving at the facility we asked permission to take photos. That permission was granted by John Hickman who is director of finance and operations for Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington. His only request was that we didn’t take any photos of clients or staff due to privacy concerns. We were happy to comply. As far as first impressions…

  • The building was very clean and looked like a modern apartment building on a major street
  • The exterior was well kept with plenty of on-site parking
  • The building was secure with a receptionist at the front door
  • The lobby, computer station, physical fitness room and common meeting areas were clean and neat
  • The hallways were neat and well maintained
  • It was quiet in the building and living areas, no noisy folks or loud TVs or other signs of disturbance
  • The studio apartment was neat, clean and had all of the basics one would need
  • The rooftop lounge area was nice with a spectacular view of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle
  • The neighborhood was clean and we didn’t spot any people hanging out, crashed out on lawns, etc.

One thing that was stressed is people live here. They aren’t coming and going with shopping carts full of stuff. They have secure housing and a sense of safety. There have counseling and programs for the residents but don’t have people coming and going like you might see from a treatment center. Again we didn’t announce our visit and just dropped in. Here are photos of the inside and outside as we found things today. Click photo to enlarge.


Main entrance

low barrier

View from across the street.

View from the north

View from the north


View from the south


Lobby artwork

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Common room


Exercise room


Computer station


Rooftop deck


Living area hallway on 4th floor


Exterior of a room


View into room




Bed and sleeping area


Bathroom with shower

We hope this gives you an idea of what the Everett low-barrier facility may look like.

Under the timeline that is currently being proposed…(if a contract were to be approved by the Everett City Council)

  • Design, Financing and Permitting from now to September 2017
  • Construction would start in September of 2017
  • Construction would be completed in October of 2018
  • Occupancy and lease-up between October 2018 – January 2019

The City of Everett has a website dedicated to explaining low-barrier housing.

You can also contact Coordinator Julie Frauenholtz by phone at 425-257-7122

or by Email: JFrauenholtz@everettwa.gov for more information.


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17 Responses to “What Low-Barrier Housing In Everett May Look Like”

  1. Ferret Says:

    They have plenty of property by the waterfront on marine view drive where they tore down Kimberly Clark.

  2. Ron Patterson Says:

    Ok let me get this straight City Everett Housing Making People move from Baker Heights cause they selling and demolishing 250 plus homes but city is willing sell property to Catholic housing services but not Build on their own property for people they making move in next year or 2 that are disable and elderly.. people need to understand what going on before comment its all about money not homeless people if that a case City would build a new shelter for them or work with an agency that will on south end of town but no they will make almost 250 family’s homeless if they don’t fine housing..

  3. Kelly Says:

    Gee Robert,
    I respectfully and sincerely hope that for your sake, you are always in the best of health, and no insurmountable obstacles come your way.

  4. Bourne Says:

    Yes! I wish I had a game room and a home gym like the ones depicted. It’s like a spa for the indigent.

    What’s the over/under on when the first graffiti appears on the property?

  5. Robert Says:

    Those are pretty comfy looking living conditions. Where do I sign up??? Personally I’m tired of paying for a place to live. If someone can send me a link or something I’ll go ahead and quit my job right now, stop paying my mortgage and go find some dope to shoot up. Sounds like a jolly old time… and it’s free. Then I can spend some quality time watching free TV and laugh at all those fools who have to work and pay taxes.

  6. Bourne Says:

    The form of the building has a an appeal– in a Nikita Khrushchev sort of way.

  7. Anon Says:

    Why can’t we sell the land to a private developer and let them build rich or middle class homes?

  8. Mike N Says:

    I didn’t see anywhere in the article that this is “low barrier” housing, just that it housed single and coupled adults.
    And didn’t the city council’s mouthpiece already exempt them from having to follow their own zoning laws?

  9. Zach Says:

    Statistically speaking, this will save taxpayer dollars, decrease crime rates, decrease drug overdoses, clean up our streets, and–by extension–raise our property values and attract new businesses, but this comments section is sure to be full of miserable, small-minded people that can’t stand the thought of housing the homeless.

    • Donkey Hotay Says:

      Importing homeless to my neighborhood from north Everett will not raise property values, decrease crime rates, overdoses, or attract business. If that’s small-mindedness, I’ll leave the brainstorms to you and your Marxist ilk.

      Incidentally, the unit that Mr. Dart “randomly” chose to showcase opened in January of 2014. Catholic Housing Services has 2,100 units in 50 properties in western Washington but I’m sure it was just chance that Mr. Dart chose their newest and best to write a fluff piece about.

      • Buddy Says:

        They’re not importing “the homeless” into your neigh orbood. They’re helping people get homes. Which makes them not homeless. It’s an easy concept.

      • Ray Says:


    • anon Says:

      Believe everything you hear, why don’t ya? While we are at it, Roswell did not happen and area 51 is a giant green house facility that does nothing top secret.

      Your sense of government taking care of our problems is scary. There is no reason to involve government in your personal life. It’s what they want so they can have control of you.

      It’s a smoke screen to pretend like they are doing something for you, or your neighbors. They want your vote, the more free crap you get from them keeps you chained close to their legs, and keeps you down.

      If they cares about improving lives, this deal wouldn’t have been done in practically secret terms so people who love in said area can express their concerns.

      Secondly, don’t rag on the writer. He provided the means in which you get to complain, and probably if it wasn’t for him you’d be looking at a new apartment complex wondering who lives there.

      • Zach Says:

        I’m not ragging on the writer, and I don’t even know how you got that from my comment. I’m ragging on conspiracy theorists like yourself.

    • Ray Says: