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Everett has new plan to keep homeless families off the streets

The Everett Housing Authority is planning to build an 82-unit townhome facility that would favor homeless families with students in the Everett School District. (Photo: KOMO News)

EVERETT – The Everett Housing Authority is planning to build an 82-unit townhome facility that would favor homeless families with students in the Everett School District.

“It’s a step in the right direction, and what a homeless child needs most is a home,” said Cynthia Jones, Director of Categorical Programs for Everett Public Schools.

According to Ashley Lommers-Johnson with the Everett Housing Authority, seventy-five percent of the housing would be dedicated to homeless households whose children are enrolled at nearby elementary, middle, and high schools.

The four nearby schools include Hawthorne Elementary, Garfield Elementary, North Middle School, and Everett High School.

Jones said in the 2016-2017 school year, there were 1,050 homeless students enrolled in the Everett School District.

For the rest of the housing units, homelessness would not be a pre-requisite.

Initial plans of the $27 million project include social services and a preschool on site.

The project is awaiting federal tax credits, funds they’ll apply for in June 2018.

The application process was held up in January due to the state’s delay in passing a capital budget.

“We aim to have an impact on generational poverty for these households. It simply makes sense for us to make this commitment now,” said Lommers-Johnson.

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