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Chronically homeless individuals are often victims of crime and illness, and therefore often frequent utilizers of emergency systems, including police, fire, EMS, jail and the hospital. Their use of those resources is very expensive because those systems are ill-equipped to address their underlying social and health needs. Getting them off the streets and into housing reduces their impact on the community, and can provide the stability they need to begin seeking treatment and taking other positive steps.
Our community needs a range of housing options. This project focuses on the chronically homeless, those who have been on the streets for at least a year or without housing four times in three years.
The data below reflects the residents currently living in Catholic Housing Services’ scattered-site supportive housing program in Snohomish County and is reflective of the population that would live in the future supportive housing building.
Supportive housing facilities come in many sizes, from single, scattered-site apartments to controlled-access facilities with more than 100 units. We identified 70 units as an ideal size based on both the financial cost/benefit of developing the apartment complex and the efficiencies of service delivery and building a therapeutic community for the residents. Catholic Housing Services and Catholic Community Services have a long history of providing supportive housing and the expertise to scale services to this community.
Below are some examples of other similar facilities across the state and country: