Many of us who are homeless are seniors; there will be more

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I wish to extend a thank you to the Everett Police Department for clearing the night traffic congestion and cruising on Fulton Avenue in Everett. I would be able to look out my front window at night from where I lived for a little over two years and often see the over-loaded trucks and recreational vehicles of the homeless. Some people often would smoke meth in the middle of the streets at various hours of the night. Then the pandemic hit.

Only just recently, much to their credit the Everett police by making their presence known by patrols have forced many of the trouble makers out of the area. Many of those trouble makers I fed at the pre-pandemic regular Thursday community dinners at the United Church of Christ in Everett. I know these cluster of homeless vehicles and homeless encampments themselves to follow a cyclic pattern.

I am 66, one of the many homeless seniors living in their cars or unsheltered in Snohomish County. Most homeless seniors are not alcoholics or drug addicts. Homeless seniors are always financially under resourced, we are poor and we are hungry. A friend, 77, lives unsheltered in Everett.

Another friend, a woman 70 has a heart condition and lives in her car. She has had 911 respond to her in the car. Most respectfully, the Everett police check in on her regularly and have been honest to say, ”If you were an addict or an alcoholic we can get you housing funding, housing and food.“ She continues to live in her car.

The lifting of the moratorium of evictions at the start of 2021, if not sooner could induce a 45 percent increase in homelessness and 1 in 4 children will become food insecure. Thanks to all who have helped others during the pandemic.

Les Fetchko

Everett

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