Everett’s Low Barrier Housing May Be At Risk

October 27, 2017

Everett Government

low barrier housing

Everett’s Mayor says the city’s low barrier housing project on Berkshire may be delayed by County “roadblocks”.

Yesterday Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson sent Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers a letter asking for help in getting the Snohomish County Council to approve an interlocal agreement to loan $1.6 million dollars to Catholic Housing Services for the Everett Safe Streets Supportive Housing Project. The project, (also known as low barrier housing) is planned on City of Everett property at Berkshire Drive east of Evergreen Way.

In addition to telling Somers Everett has run into “roadblocks” at the County Council, Stephanson also reminded the county executive that while on City of Everett land…the future residents, regardless of age, will come from the County’s Coordinated Entry list, and the 65 units will serve all county residents-not just those who are currently homeless in the city. Click link below to read the entire letter sent from the Mayor to the Snohomish County Executive.

10.26.17 Ltr from Mayor Stephanson to County Executive Somers RE – Relea…

MyEverettNews.com received the letter from a City of Everett Councilmember who apparently sent the letter to their personal email address from their official City of Everett email account and then sent us the letter as an attachment from their personal email.

MyEverettNews.com has reached out to Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and County Council Chair Brian Sullivan for their reaction to the Mayor’s letter. Executive Somer’s office sent us a copy of a memo this week sent to Sullivan regarding steps taken thus far. According to that memo the County Council members will be having an internal meeting to discuss the matter further and will arrange to talk with the City of Everett. The memo also noted that there is the possibility that the project’s other funding will be lost if the loan document is not in place by the end of the year.

Everett residents who have an opinion to express on the low barrier housing in Everett and if the plan should move forward may want to give their input to the Snohomish County Council during their meeting Monday morning at 10:30 AM inside the Snohomish County Administration building.


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