Recently the Everett City Council placed a moratorium on the Housing Hope Norton Field project. Some residents express fears that this project will negatively impact the neighborhood, draining resources, increasing crime, overburdening infrastructure, importing undesirables and decreasing property values.
Current credible research suggests the opposite. Researchers find that supportive housing provides a stable environment, one of the key factors necessary to eliminate homelessness. It increases necessary resources thereby decreasing crime. This attractive development can be a good neighbor and provide useful services to the community, thus raising property values. Current research further indicates the perception that supportive housing has a sustained negative impact on property values and communities turns out to be just plain wrong.
Economic class prejudice expresses itself as exclusionary gentrification.This project comes at a crucial time in the city’s history. If Everett aspires to be a truly welcoming city, the City Council should approve this project.