Rotary announces $100K donation for low-barrier housing project

EVERETT — The Rotary Club of Everett has announced a $100,000 donation toward plans to build low-barrier housing in Everett.

The money is going toward Catholic Housing Services, a partner with the city on the housing project. The announcement was made June 22. A presentation to the City Council took place Wednesday.

Catholic Housing Services has proposed a four-story apartment complex with 65 units along Berkshire Drive, near Evergreen Way. The idea is to provide safe homes for the most vulnerable people, including those living with mental illness or addiction. Construction could start in the fall.

The grant will fund a meeting room in the building, city officials said Thursday. It will be named in honor of past Rotary President Steve Saunders and his wife, Jo, whose estate funded the donation.

Rotary is celebrating 100 years in Everett, and this gift is one of several planned during its centennial.

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