We are currently working with Catholic Housing Services/Catholic Community Services to build a permanent supportive apartment facility with on-site services and case management for 70 chronically homeless individuals, many of whom struggle extensively with mental illness and addiction.
SEPA review: The City and Catholic Housing Services filed their land-use and short-plat applications on Friday, Dec. 30. To review the documents and provide formal comment, visit the Planning Department's project page.
The City Council passed a resolution on Nov. 9 designating the Berkshire property as the preferred site for the supportive housing project.
Why is Everett building a supportive housing facility?
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 a 3-year period. Many also struggle with addiction and/or mental illness.
According to the 2016 Point-In-Time count, the City of Everett’s homeless population accounted for 47% of households experiencing homelessness in Snohomish County. The PIT count found 231 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the county, including 114 in Everett.
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. The "Housing First" model has successfully been used by other communities in Washington State and across the country to house and support the chronically homeless, including in Utah.
Where will the facility be located?
City staff evaluated a number of privately and publicly owned sites throughout Everett, including some locations where a new facility could be built and others where an existing facility could be converted into supportive housing units.
In May we announced we had identified a 1.4-acre site on the east side of Evergreen Way at Pecks Drive – part of a larger parcel currently owned by City of Everett Utilities and also used by Everett Fire. This site is close to transit and services, including grocery stores and health care providers. The proposed facility will not impact other City operations on the site.
What will the facility offer? How will it be managed?
The facility will be a modern apartment complex, with parking for staff, guests and residents, and a common outdoor space. Residents will be actively supported by case managers and resident support staff from Catholic Community Services. Residents will have access to treatment for mental illness and addiction recovery services, as well as help with job searches and other training. There will also be a full-time property manager, a business manager and full-time maintenance technicians to enforce lease and house rules, and oversee the financial operations and physical needs of the property.
The building will have a secure entrance with access for tenants, professional staff and pre-approved guests only. This is an apartment building, not a treatment center; services offered at the facility are for residents only.
Site review and design: May - December 2016
Community meetings/tours: Fall 2016
Permitting: November 2016 - September 2017
Construction start: September 2017
Construction completion: October 2018
Leasing begins: October 2018 - January 2019
*Please note that this is a projected schedule and is subject to change as the project progresses.