Public Update On Homelessness In Everett Tuesday Night

October 23, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

The City of Everett is inviting the public to a community meeting Tuesday night to address what has been done over the last two years to address homelessness and related issues in Everett. Here’s the invitiation…


The community meeting is set for Tuesday night at the Historic Everett Theatre in downtown Everett.

Mayor Ray Stephanson and the Community Streets Initiative task force invite the community to join them for a free event on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic Everett Theatre (2911 Colby Ave).

Members of the Everett Community Streets Initiative task force will talk about positive actions that are being taken to address homelessness, mental illness and addiction in Everett and Snohomish County, and provide a look at next steps the community can take.

“As a City, we have made significant strides over the past two years to better understand and address these complex challenges, and we are indebted to our community partners and caring residents for their leadership, compassion and ideas,” said Stephanson. “This event is a chance for residents to learn about what our community is doing now to create lasting change, and what will be needed as we move forward.”

The event will include talks by Mayor Stephanson and several members of the task force, including Cassie Franklin, City Councilmember and CEO of Cocoon House; Ed Peterson, chief strategic officer for HopeWorks; Rev. Alan Dorway, pastor at Everett First Presbyterian Church; Captain John DeRousse with Everett Police; and Julie Zarn, regional director of Emergency & Critical Care Services at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

“Providence has always had a mission to care for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Zarn. “The partnerships and programs that have come out of the Streets Initiative process offer ways for us to be even more effective and innovative in how we accomplish that critical goal.”

The task force, a 23-member group comprised of business owners, residents, and nonprofit, faith-based and health care leaders, met for several months in 2014 to identify strategies for addressing street-level social issues in Everett. The task force issued their final report and recommendations in November 2014.

In September 2015, to further address actions recommended by the task force, the City of Everett launched the comprehensive Safe Streets Plan, with three main priorities of housing, diversion and outreach and enforcement. Learn more at

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be recorded for broadcast on the Everett Channel. For meeting details, visit For more information on the task force,


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11 Responses to “Public Update On Homelessness In Everett Tuesday Night”

  1. Maria Says:

    I ashamed to say that I live in the same city as all the previous replies.
    Are you all some of the white Privileged people who think you are better than
    anyone else?

    If you dislike the mayor, then why don’t you run yourselves and see what kind of thankless job it can be. The mayor does not make all the rules and regulations to everything that happens in town. He presents them, to city council, they vote etc…
    Why don’t you run for City Council? I mean really if you don’t like it, change it! Stop complaining if you are not going to really go and try to do something.

    As for low barrier housing, what is your beef about it? How far away are each and every one of us from losing what we everything we have? What would it take? A car accident? A house fire? Your employer downsizing or moving jobs to a cheaper state or country? I mean really look and tell yourself how far away you are? Granted some people don’t want help, sometimes it is a mental illness that put them in this position, other times it is drugs.

    What have you done for somebody other than your self lately?

    • Wa-fix Says:

      You are too naïve. I want to know, how many homeless people do you house per night? If your answer is less than 5, and I’m dead serious, you are in ZERO position to comment and tell others how to live and what they prefer.

      • Maria Says:

        As a matter if fact there have been times I housed more than 5. No they were not all related. I am not rich nor am I privileged, I was taught to always help those less fortunate than myself. I always have and always will.

        How many have you housed? Do tell me what makes you think I am naïve and you are better than I am?

  2. NordicMoxie Says:

    What? Everett has a mayor? Who knew!

  3. Mike N Says:

    Losing the next election won’t be enough. We need to stop his low-barrier housing scheme before it starts. Even if it doesn’t effect your neighborhood now, more are planned for the future, so you could be next.

  4. Eleanore Says:

    We need jobs and affordable housing that would help the problem

  5. Skankhunt42 Says:

    The event will include talks with the mayor. Niceeee. Will he skip out like a sissy when its its his turn to listen? Like the last time!

    What a joke.

    Elect skankhunt mayor. I will clean up these better than Mayor Goldie Wilson did for his town. It will include growth and development, not delays from developers. Wheres the farmers market??

    And I will enforce a no seagull hanging policy in this city. Nobody wants to deal with peta.

  6. Wa-fix Says:

    Totally pointless, the dictator… I mean mayor, who is going to lose re-election when his term is up, won’t listen to anyone. His liberal agenda is set in stone and no one will change his mind.