Snohomish County, cities announce $9.6M for mental health, shelter

Projects span from Edmonds to Sultan. Each city is using American Rescue Plan Act money, with the county contributing, too.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118

EVERETT — Mental health and shelter needs are set for a nearly $10 million boost across Snohomish County, city and county leaders announced Thursday.

Projects span Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish and Sultan. Each city is using its federal American Rescue Plan Act money for the programs, with the county contributing some of its $160 million in ARPA funds as well.

In all, about $9.6 million will provide shelter for a few dozen people, keep at least 130 people in their homes or help them to find new housing, and fund behavioral health services through case managers and social workers, according to the county.

“Our unsheltered population is increasing and we need to act now to make sure we have shelter units to house the most vulnerable members of our communities,” county Office and Recovery and Resilience spokesperson Kelsey Nyland said.

Marysville’s purchase of two multi-family houses for transitional shelters is getting the most county money at $500,000. The city is matching that with its own $500,000 to provide housing for 16 people.

Edmonds’ Household Support Grants program is getting $250,000 from the county to boost the city’s $3 million allocation. Edmonds households earning 60% or less of the area median income can get up to $2,500 for owed rent or mortgage payments.

Another $250,000 will buy 20 more Pallet Shelter units to expand Everett’s temporary housing village. The city is spending $2.1 million on the program’s growth, which will double its units and pay for construction and site management.

The county also is giving Everett $250,000 for its case management program to connect homeless people with social services.

“Increasing shelter capacity is an absolute necessity as we address the increased unsheltered population throughout our county,” Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin said in a statement.

The Volunteers of America of Western Washington rapid rehousing program in Lynnwood is getting $500,000 split by the city and the county. Earlier this year, 3,500 households waited for help on making rent with the nonprofit.

“The need is still there,” Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith said. “Just because we’re headed out of COVID doesn’t mean the problems have dissipated.”

The rapid rehousing program provides money for rent over a year that decreases every few months, with each resident covering a larger share over time. It also has case managers who work with the residents to get mental health support, enroll in benefits programs and find workforce training. The federal money will pay for two full-time case managers.

“A lot of individuals end up there from all reaches of Snohomish County as well as north King County,” Smith said. ”It’s needed everywhere and we’re grateful to be able to do it in Lynnwood.”

Monroe and the county are each putting in $250,000 for a grant program that employment, housing support, mental health and substance use disorder service groups can apply for.

Sultan partnered with Monroe for over $120,000 on another VOA-run mental health program. A mobile mental health and dispatch service will operate out of the Sky Valley Community Resource Center, Smith said. That money will pay for a mental health professional.

The city of Snohomish is using $250,000, plus another $250,000 from the county, on mental health for students in the Snohomish School District. That money will pay for two clinicians for middle and high school students, as well as one social worker for elementary school students. Those staff members can provide counseling for students and support for their families. The city also is adding a community navigator for students not in the Snohomish schools to help them with health and housing issues.

In a similar fashion, Lynnwood is using $150,000 plus a matching amount from the county for homeless students. According to the county, there are 139 homeless students in Lynnwood who could benefit from counseling, food, hygiene, clothing, career services, mentorship and system navigation support offered by Washington Kids in Transition, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless students and their families in the Edmonds and Everett school districts.

Mukilteo is getting a Compass Health mental health professional to pair with a police officer for $130,000 split by the city and county.

Bothell is using $10,000, plus a matching amount from the county, to secure food, warm clothing, bus tickets, ID replacement, bottled water and other basic needs for people in the city’s Community Court. People in the program have committed low-level offenses.

Ben Watanabe: 425-339-3037; bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @benwatanabe.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)
Providence nurse’s tearful plea shines light on short-staffed ER

The nurse described an overwhelmed emergency department, as staff have pleaded with the Everett City Council for hazard pay.

FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. A leading doctor who chairs a World Health Organization expert group described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
Snohomish Health District hiring full-time monkeypox task force

The county is gearing up for more cases. The outbreak will be evaluated weekly to decide if a four-person team is merited.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Body found in impounded car in Lake Stevens

In June, Bothell police impounded the vehicle. Last week, a Lake Stevens business found a body inside.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
California woman dies after motorcycle crash west of Lake Stevens

Kimberly Moore was the passenger on a motorcycle Friday morning. She died the next night. She was 53.

A view of the proposed alternative station location to Everett Station located east of the current BNSF rail tracks in downtown. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Could light rail station under Pacific Avenue and over railroad work?

A group representing people around Everett Station wants Sound Transit to study the idea.

State Representative Robert Sutherland, left, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on July 22, in Lake Stevens. Sam Low, right, talks with seniors on July 20 in Lake Stevens. (Sutherland photo by Ryan Berry / The Herald, Low photo by Kevin Clark / The Herald)
In GOP battle of Sutherland vs. Low, Democrats may tip the scale

The state lawmaker and Snohomish County council member are vying for a House seat. Democrats make up roughly 40% of the vote.

Food forum
Chocolate peanut butter Incredibles

These chocolate peanut butter bars are, as the name suggests, incredible.

SnoTown Brewing’s Frank Sandoval in 2019. (Aaron Swaney)
SnoTown Brewery owner charged with child molestation

Frank Sandoval conceded his conduct with a girl at his brewery was inappropriate, but he denied touching her sexually, charges say.

Everett
Head-on crash in Everett leaves man with life-threatening injuries

A two-vehicle collision in the 11600 block of Evergreen Way shut down southbound traffic Monday morning.

Most Read