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Volunteers of Lynnwood’s Hygiene Center clean up Gold Park

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 19, 2023—The Lynnwood Hygiene Center closed early on Thursday, May 18, to allow staff member Amberlee Bell, and nine other volunteers the opportunity to clean up neighboring Gold Park. From 4 p.m. until about 4:45 p.m. the crew collected four large bags of trash before reconvening at the Hygiene Center for a […]

Lynnwood’s Hygiene Center struggles to keep up with staggering numbers

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 10, 2023—Every Monday through Saturday morning, Amberlee Bell exits her on-site trailer to prepare the Lynnwood Hygiene Center for operation. The site provides access to private showers, restroom facilities, clothes, and food to people who are homeless and living in extreme poverty. Like many of the six volunteers that work at the […]

$15M property turned homeless village to be site of UPS distribution center

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LYNNWOOD, Wash., April 13, 2023—Last week Aaron, his friend Steve, and dog “Boo Boo” returned to an abandoned plot of land in central Lynnwood to pick up their remaining belongings. Although the two had called the parcel, located on the 18000 block of Highway 99, home for over a year, they didn’t have much – […]

Millenia Ministries, ending homelessness one woman, and one child, at a time

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EVERETT, Wash., February 16, 2023—Nineteen years ago, Leilani Miller, Founder and Executive Director at Millenia Ministries, followed a “Voice from God” that said Snohomish County, Washington, needed her services. At the time, she was helping homeless pregnant women find housing in California. On a whim, she packed up her life and left her sunny, hometown […]

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office of Neighborhoods is back!

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., January 19, 2023—Today, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office announced that after a six-month hiatus, the Office of Neighborhoods (OON) outreach team is back in the field helping Snohomish County residents. Founded in 2015, OON began as a part of the city of Everett’s safe street initiative, a multi-agency task force comprised of […]

County seeking feedback on Affordable Housing Business Plan

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 18, 2022—Today, the Snohomish County Human Services Department announced that their draft Business Plan to Fund Affordable Housing, Behavioral Health Facilities, and Related Services is available for public comment. The draft plan can be found here. According to the plan, “These investments will create 100 units of emergency bridge and permanent […]

BREAKING: County approves $20 million purchase of bridge-housing units


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 17, 2022 – After approximately 2 hours of public testimony, the Snohomish County Council with a vote of 3-2 today, will move forward with the agreement to purchase two hotels to significantly boost bridge housing with access to behavioral health services within the County. “The points of agreement between everybody that […]

Nehring proposes halt to County hotel purchase until drug treatment ordinance passes

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EVERETT, Wash., August 14, 2022 – On Thursday, August 12, Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring introduced an ordinance that will require tenants of the proposed County bridge and permanent supportive housing who have been diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) participate in a drug treatment program. The ordinance follows County Executive Dave Somers’ proposal for […]

Stories from Esther’s Place: A refuge for women in Snohomish County

Esther's Place

EVERETT, Wash., March 28, 2022 – Esther’s Place is a resource center for women and children in Snohomish County where individuals in need can connect to resources ranging from rehabilitation programs to life skills classes. Whether it be homelessness, addiction, mental illness, or all of the above, the resource center embraces women whatever their situation […]

Gov. Inslee’s 2022 State of the State Address

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OLYMPIA, Wash., January 12, 2022 – On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his 2022 State of the State Address in a legislative session at the Capitol in Olympia. His address outlined his proposals to increase spending in the housing, education, transportation sectors, and called on lawmakers to address inadequate housing and climate change policies.  He […]

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