EVERETT — A new multicultural senior center with services for ethnic minorities is planned in Everett this spring.
The Snohomish County Council last week approved $50,000 to pay rent for a facility at 11627 Airport Road, Suite F.
When the facility opens in a few months, seniors will be able to eat meals and receive language translation services and citizenship information in their native tongue.
On Mondays and Thursdays, the center plans to serve Korean seniors. Latino seniors will be served on Tuesdays, southeast Asian seniors on Wednesdays, and Chinese and Filipino seniors on Fridays.
Operating hours are expected to be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The facility will allow Senior Services of Snohomish County to consolidate programs that now operate out of two church basements, one in the north part of the county and one in the south.
County Executive Aaron Reardon proposed spending the money last year. The council agreed but locked up the money so it could be used only at existing senior center sites.
That didn’t work, said Phil Sullivan, executive director of Senior Services of Snohomish County. Existing senior centers didn’t welcome a multicultural day, he told the County Council.
The council voted 4-0 last week to remove the spending restriction.
The council’s move to lock up the money “seemed overly restrictive at the time,” council chairman Dave Somers said. “This lets us get on with this important service.”
Reporter Jeff Switzer: 425-339-3452 or email@example.com.