The City of Everett cares deeply for our residents. Like many communities throughout the country, some of our Everett residents face complex challenges related to poverty, affordable and available housing behavior health or substance abuse and unemployment. These challenges, among others, make it difficult to achieve a high quality life, and often times have unintended consequences that negatively affect our neighbors, businesses, public spaces, and our perceptions of safety.
As the largest city in the county, we have unique urban challenges that require innovative and tailed strategies to address. City Teams are deeply engaged in long-term collaborations with Snohomish County, human service and housing providers, treatment providers, and employment specialists to ensure our residents have access to the health and human service resources that are robust and available in our City.
Compassionate donations of food and clothing often end up discarded when they are not well matched with recipients. City workers spend many hours cleaning wasted donations up from public spaces. By giving responsibly, you can ensure that your donation will be directed to the places they're most needed. Support those in need by donating to local organizations.
If you would like to directly support the City's programs, the best way to do that is to donate to the City’s Flex Fund. This fund helps address basic needs of individuals working with COET’s police and embedded social workers while getting into treatment or housing.
Everett’s 2015 Community Streets Initiative Task Force ignited the conversation to address these complex issues that had been progressively growing in our city. Strategies focused on public safety through care, collaboration and accountability. The task force's final report resulted in programs, strategies, policies and partnerships that are now embedded and operating throughout Everett.
Safe Streets programs were developed to begin addressing these complex issues by engaging our community, aligning efforts with industry partners, advocating for resources and systems change, and providing education on root causes and reducing stigma. Today, the Safe Streets Programs are embedded and operating throughout multiple City departments.