Snohomish County working to buy Days Inn in Everett to expand shelter space

The purchase agreement was submitted to the district council for review.

EVERETT, Wash. — Snohomish County leadership is looking to buy a Days Inn in Everett to expand its makeshift shelter.

County Executive Dave Somers announced that the county will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to purchase the 74-unit development.

The purchase agreement was submitted to the district council for review.

The facility would serve vulnerable adults and offer assistance such as B. the provision of food, employment services, legal services and services for mental health and drug use. It would have 24 hour staff.

“This one-time federal funding gives us the opportunity to make transformative investments in our housing system. By increasing our bridge housing capacity, we can provide safer places for vulnerable residents, create stability to support the overall health and well-being of communities, and make Snohomish County an even better place to live, work and play — for everyone,” said Somers. “We heard the community loud and clear: now is the time to make significant, creative investments to increase the housing supply in our county.”

Last year, the county estimated that 120 people received emergency accommodation at the Days Inn through motel voucher transfers, according to the county.

Housing and housing capacity has been identified as a priority through the Office of Recovery & Resilience efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county council will publicly comment on the plan on August 17.

The county plans to acquire additional land with the approval of the council.

“Providing shelter to those in need and significantly reducing the public safety challenges associated with chronic homelessness are top priorities for Everett residents. Snohomish County’s purchase of the Days Inn will provide shelter to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. This is a necessary action to keep all of our residents safer,” said Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett.

Snohomish County, along with most of the Puget Sound region, has a significant number of homeless residents in all of its cities and towns. In the 2020 point-in-time census, the most recent year before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the census, Snohomish County reported that 673 people reported being unprotected and an additional 459 people were living in temporary accommodation such as emergency shelters or transitional housing.

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