Everett, county should participate in state shelter program

There is a little secret that seems to be forgotten when we talk about homelessness. The secret is that we wouldn’t — and no one else would — choose to be out on the streets in the cold without a hot meal wondering where’s a safe place to get through the night.

Too many in our community are without a warm, safe place to rest and to prepare for tomorrow. We can make a difference. Yet, the Everett mayor has said no. Gov. Inslee has a way to provide housing that would give a warm place, a break in the homeless cycle (“Snohomish County lacks shelter capacity to participate in state program,” The Herald, Nov. 15). A reach out that could provide a way off the streets and receive the means to move to healthy living.

Providing more housing in our community will make our community safer for everyone. Choose to make a difference. It’s within our power in the city of Everett, and in Snohomish County to make a difference, using what we have available now, to provide more housing for those who are on our streets.

Allis Alexander


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