Since the pandemic began, Central Lutheran Church (located next to the former YMCA building) has experienced an enormous increase in the amount of human waste that homeless people have left on our property. This is the result, of course, of the closure of public restrooms at city buildings, fast food places, etc..
The homeless people of Everett are indeed residents of Everett, but their needs are not being met. The rest of us have homes with toilets but they do not. Providing toilets for the homeless is a city service similar to street lights, a fire department, parks, etc.
It’s possible to tell a person to stop smoking, stop drinking, stop doing drugs, etc., but it’s not possible for a person to stop defecating.
They need a place to take care of that human need. The city should provide it to those who have no alternative. Such a basic human service is long, long overdue.
Trygve Anderson, congregation president
Pastor Jeremy Fuerst
Central Lutheran Church