200 new apartments proposed for people struggling to pay rent

City planners are looking at the proposal, which includes 45 units for people living with disabilities.

EVERETT — It looks as if the Delta neighborhood could be getting a new apartment complex specifically designed to help people struggling to find shelter.

A proposal now under review by city planners could lead to construction of 201 apartments in the 1600 block of E. Marine View Drive, in the community’s northeast corner.

The plan, submitted by Riverview I, LLC of Bellevue, says that all of the apartments would be occupied by people who struggle to pay for housing.

In this case, tenants could earn no more than 60 percent of the median income.

A total of 45 of the units would be set aside for people who are living with disabilities, and in need of what the city describes as “supportive housing.”

The project aims to provide “service-enriched, affordable housing targeted to a spectrum of households in need, including homeless and other at-risk households, who may have other special needs,” according to paperwork filed by Bellevue-based HNN, which expects to manage the properties.

Partnering with organizations who work with people with special needs, the project would include space for “on-site social services for tenants, including service coordination, case management and education services,” records show.

Allan Giffen, Everett’s planning director, on Tuesday signed paperwork that spells out conditions the project must meet for a review that would not require a full environmental impact statement.

A public comment period is underway through April 13. More information on the project can be found at the city’s website for land-use projects. Search for “SEPA17-019.”

The proposal is one of several supportive or low-barrier housing projects under way in Everett, including the city’s project with Catholic Housing Services on Berkshire Drive, and two sites on Broadway, one by Compass Health and the other by HopeWorks. Cocoon House also is adding living units on Colby Avenue.

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