The Everett City Council ordinance making it unlawful to sit or lie or distribute goods around Smith Avenue is inhumane (“Everett City Council passes ‘no sit, no lie’ law in 5-1 vote,” The Herald, March 18). The council does not get to choose what population of citizens they do and do not serve.
This ordinance would displace a large population of Everett citizens that are in desperate need during a global pandemic. Increased policing in this area is not the answer. Using tax dollars to put up fences is not the answer. Anti-homeless structures such as spikes which can be seen outside of the Everett Public Library are not the answer.
The solutions are shelter and food security which the city of Everett claims to be committed to, but this bill prohibits resources that nonprofits provide. How can we expect citizens living in poverty to pay a $500 fine and/or spend 90 days in jail. Why are we letting the Everett City Council criminalize homelessness and dehumanize a population of Everett citizens?