Fall is officially here and with it, colder and rainier weather. This only intensifies the challenges of those who are homeless or underhoused. Everyone deserves a warm, safe place to call home. Our community has been making meaningful progress toward that vision, providing a range of supportive and transitional housing to our most vulnerable residents. This year I was proud to join Cocoon House and Clare’s Place to celebrate the opening of their new facilities, which are providing housing and supportive services to 105 homeless individuals, teens, veterans and young adults. This month, the new HopeWorks Station will open with 65 more units of supportive housing. I’m grateful to these and similar programs, which are helping people find pathways to stability and health.
Ensuring a safe community for all is one of my top priorities, and we are working hard to address not only homelessness, but also crime and other public safety challenges. The City of Everett continues to take a balanced approach of outreach, connecting people with diversion, treatment and services, and enforcement when people are breaking the law. We continue to work with our County, faith-based and community partners to address street level issues.