Compass Health gets $4.5M for housing project in Everett

The downtown development would add 82 units to help address homelessness issues in the area.

EVERETT — Plans to build new affordable housing in Everett for people with chronic behavioral challenges recently received a big boost.

Big, as in a $4.5 million boost.

Compass Health, a major provider of behavioral health care in Northwest Washington, was given the funding from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.

The project in downtown Everett would add 82 units and house key services to help address housing shortage and homelessness issues in the area — particularly among those with chronic mental illness.

“The Housing Trust Fund really came through at the right time to meet a critical community need,” said Tom Sebastian, president and chief executive officer for Compass Health.

The new development is aligned with the City of Everett’s Housing First and Safe Streets initiatives, to help people transition out of homelessness by providing them with housing while they receive the other services. The complex would be staffed around the clock by Compass Health residential counselors.

Compass Health also received funding for the project from Snohomish County in the Fall of 2017 and will apply for additional public funding this summer. Once full funding is secured, Compass Health anticipates breaking ground in 2019.

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