Addressing Homelessness

The City of Everett follows the "Housing First" model by providing low-barrier supportive housing and shelter to people experiencing homelessness. Housing First offers shelter and housing as quickly as possible for individuals experiencing homelessness, and once that basic need is met, offers supportive services and connections to the community-based resources people need to address their needs.

Learn more about City of Everett and other local programs and resources below.

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Encampment Policy/ Procedures

Click here to learn about the City's encampment policy and procedures to address encampments in Everett.

Encampment Response Team

The City's Encampment Response Team includes representatives from parks, police, COET and public works. They respond to all encampment reports and work to connect people with services, clean up encampments, and take enforcement action when needed.

Report an encampment

Encampments in the city of Everett can be reported online or by calling the non-emergency number at 425-407-3999. If there is an emergency, call 911.

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Pallet Shelter Program

The Pallet Shelter Program increases shelter opportunities for individuals with barriers to other shelter options. Click here to learn more.

Cold weather shelters

Find information about cold weather shelters in Snohomish County. Click here to learn more.

Additional shelter information

To find more local shelter information, programs and resources, call 211 or visit

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We're committed to addressing student homelessness and help  “close the on-ramp” that leads to young people being unhoused, which can change the entire direction and destination of their life and help eradicate chronic homelessness in the future. 

At the request of Mayor Cassie Franklin, 24 homeless service and housing providers, students with lived homelessness experience, and key leaders from Everett's school districts and community settings, joined the Homeless Student Task Force.  

The task force learned about the reality of being a child, teen, parent, or family living without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and how difficult school success is because of it, explored successful programs and services and identified gaps for seamless care and support.

At the end of their study, the task force made recommendations around community education, advocacy, housing and shelter, and community, county and school district partnerships, for the City to consider implementing and supporting. These recommendations require strong partnerships between the City and those leading the efforts.  

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We work with our community partners to increase housing, shelter and resources through funding, policy and advocacy. Partners and programs include: