Snohomish needs more low-income housing

Regarding Norm Colbert’s letter in the Aug. 1 Herald, “Snohomish good site for SHAG”:

I agree with Mr. Colbert that the Snohomish County-owned site shouldn’t be sold to a commercial developer for hotels, bars, restaurants, theaters and retails shops.

However, I disagree with his proposal to site “SHAG type” (seniors only) housing at this location.

Snohomish already has an urgent need for housing to serve very low income folks of all ages, not just those 55 and older.

Pilchuck Ridge Apartments at Sixth and Pine formerly served low-income folks of all ages, but was sold last year to a developer who evicted the tenants and converted the complex to market-rate housing.

The City of Snohomish offered no help to these folks as it has a “gentrification” agenda. Mayor Kartak in a message in the city’s summer quarterly magazine warns city residents not to hire the homeless and addicts to do “side-work,” claiming it just perpetuates the problem.

The county Public Works Department should sell its nine-acre site to the county Human Services Department, which received a $5 million HUD grant to help very-low income and homeless folks with addictions. Human Services could then partner with local non-profits to develop the nine-acre site to really do something for all the very low-income folks in east Snohomish County.

Morgan Davis

Snohomish

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