Safe Streets Related Links

Below is a list of articles from the media, blogs, books, journal and magazine articles, expert opinions and web pages relating to the topics concerning the Everett Safe Streets Plan

Integrating Housing and Health

The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons provide 130 apartments and supportive services for some of Portland Oregon's most vulnerable homeless residents.  Since opening its doors in 2011, the building has housed just over 200 residents.  Five years later, Home Forward surveyed 99 residents of BCC to assess their experience living in the housing complex.  Read the health-focused evaluation of the Apartments Here.

The problem with the solution

NPR takes a deeper look at the unique approach to mental health care in Geel, Belgium.  Meet Mr. Kitt, who was able to get off the street, get clean, and become an artist thanks to a community housing nonprofit in New York.  Listen here.

Homeless in Bellingham Film Project

The City of Bellingham has created a video serices documenting the challenges the homeless face obtaining stable housing.  Watch the videos.

Year-long project gives voices to Seattle's homeless

I was having a conversation with our news director, Pat Costello, about a homeless man he met one day while walking to work.  One thing led to another and he finally said, "Why don't you take a year or so and so something on homelessness?" Watch Video

Point in Time count final 2016 report released

The annual Point in Time (PIT) count conducted by volunteers and County staff on January 28, 2016 surveyed 1,118 persons in 878 households who did not have a permanent place to stay.  Persons ranged in age from 44 days to 91 years old who were unsheltered, staying in emergency shelters, or living in temporary housing.  This year's report focuses on demographics, migration, causes of homelessness and historical trends.  Supplemental homeless survey data is reported on populations of interest such as military veterans and unaccompanied youth. Download the report here.

 A deadly epidemic and new rules for drug addiction

"Drug abuse" has long been criminalized, but drug addiction is now recognized as a medical problem, and it's taking a staggering toll.  Overdose deaths from opioids-prescription painkillers, as well as heroin--are breaking records.  Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have both been part of the problem.  They're also considered essential to finding the right solution, which recognizes the problem not as the consequence of a character flaw but as a medical condition.  Will new rules from the Obama Administration be enough to get the epidemic under control?  Listen here

Poverty in Snohomish County

Poverty is complicated, and its effects often compound its causes.  For example, if you can't afford housing, transportation, and child care, it is harder to get and keep a good job.  Although the high concentration of aerospace and manufacturing industries has led to considerable wealth in Snohomish County, the region's high cost of living keeps many families at risk of falling into or never escaping poverty. Read More

Waiting lists grow for medicine to fight opioid addiction

Burlington, Vermont- After more than a decade of getting high on illicit opioid painkillers and heroin every day, Christoper Dezotelle decided to quit.  He saw too many people overdose and die.  "I couldn't do that to my mom or my children" he said. Read more

How one city went "All In" to fight the opioid epidemic

In 2014, the city of Worcester, Massachusetts (population approximately 182,000), confronted this reality: nine deaths from opioid overdoses over the course of six days.  The overdoses, explains City Manager Edward Augustus, "were an issue that had been rippling through the community for some time."  The city of Worcester isn't alone.  The New York Times reports that in 2014, nationally, 125 people a day died from drug overdoses, 78 of them from heroin and painkillers, otherwise known as opioids.  Small towns, big cities, and rural communities are seeing the tragic effects of this addiction in the most public of places, and there's no sign of the trend slowing down.  Read more

Breaking Point: Heroin in America

Aaron Smith held up a needle he used to shoot heroin.  "More or less this is all you need, " the 22-year-old said. 
It's what he called a "tool of the trade."
Smith started using heroin only a year ago.  "It snowballed really quickly," he said.  "To the point where I'd get up every day and my number one task was heroin."  Watch video

Heroin in Snohomish County

Opioid Use, especially heroin use, is an increasingly serious problem in Snohomish County.  From 2011  to 2013, approximately one out of every five heroin deaths in the state occurred locally, in 2013 alone, heroin and prescription opioid overdoses represented two-thirds of the 130 accidental overdose deaths in the County.  Recognizing the need to move toward evidence-based practices, the Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Department of Human Services partnered to evaluate the statistics specifically for our community. Read more

Heroin & opioid addiction: In your own words

 As heroin and opioid abuse has surged in recent years, conversations about addiction have moved out of the shadows. In the lead up to our recent documentary, Chasing Heroin, we asked the FRONTLINE audience to share their experiences with addiction. Some were users themselves. Others helped people with recovery. Many lost loved ones to the epidemic. These are their stories. Read more

United Way of Snohomish County

Projects and Partnerships resource library.  Read more

Canadian City ends its homeless problem

 This City ended it's homeless Problem, and saved money, by providing houses for every single resident. Watch video   

Street View Podcast

Street View Podcast is a part of the Dallas Public Library’s ongoing Homeless Engagement Initiative aimed at increasing community awareness of issues related to homelessness and promoting the public library as a place of social inclusion. Listen here

Stop opening tent cities, homelessness expert tells Seattle leaders

A nationally known expert hired by Mayor Ed Murray to help Seattle deal with its homelessness crisis believes officials should stop opening tent cities. The consultant, Barbara Poppe, led President Obama’s homelessness work from 2009 to 2014. Read more

Chasing heroin

A searing, two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light -- telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime. Watch video