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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