Heat advisory issued for this weekend; cooling centers available

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this weekend that remains in effect from noon on Saturday, June 25 to 11 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Snohomish County’s Public Safety Hub notes that extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, intense and dangerous in the Pacific Northwest. More very hot days are…

Snohomish County: 2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count shows increase in shelter capacity

Snohomish County on Monday released its 2022 Homeless Point-in-Time count, designed to provide a snapshot of households experiencing homelessness on a single night in Snohomish County. Among the results: The total number of individuals residing in a shelter, transitional housing and living without shelter is the highest it has been since 2012. From its low point…

Reminder: Sound Pathways holding Mother’s Day flower basket fundraiser

Sound Pathways, which serves those in Snohomish County who struggle with homelessness and substance abuse, has launched its annual Mother’s Day flower basket fundraiser. Last year, the organization — formerly known as Pacific Treatment Alternatives — sold 300 baskets and raised $10,000. This year, the goal is to sell 500 baskets. “Through our work with at-risk mothers…

Snohomish County taskforce continuing efforts to address housing crisis

The Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce (HART) is working to build upon the five-year plan and continue efforts to ease the housing crisis, the county said in an update Wednesday. The task force, chaired by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, met April 5, and HART members committed to continuing their…

Snohomish County invites public comment on draft Housing and Community Development Plan

Snohomish County released a draft affordable housing and community development plan for the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium that proposes spending over $6 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options and living environments for those in need. The draft 2022 Annual Action Plan is available for review and comment through April 22. A…

Comcast to build new digital lab at YWCA’s Somerset Village Apartments in Lynnwood

Comcast Washington and YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish on Monday unveiled plans to build a new Lift Zone Lab: Digital Community Learning Space, which offers free WiFi access, at YWCA’s Somerset Village Apartments in Lynnwood. According to a joint news release, Comcast is contributing free internet connectivity — a $76,000 investment — and a state-of-the-art technology makeover, to help build…

Volunteers of America Western Washington names three to board of directors

Volunteers of America of Western Washington (VOAWW) has appointed three new board members: Dr. Amit B. Singh, president of Edmonds College; Rochelle Lubbers, chief administrative officer for the Tulalip Tribes and Jinsik (Jay) Cho, a behavioral health social worker at Providence Regional Medical Center. Volunteers of America has been providing human services in Western Washington…

Snohomish County Council Chair Megan Dunn to host virtual housing informational panel Jan. 25

Snohomish County Council Chair Megan Dunn will host a virtual housing informational panel from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Panelists will share more about the county’s current status of housing needs, barriers to accessing affordable housing, and solutions moving forward. Participating panelists include: Jacque Julien, executive director of Communities of Color Coalition (C3) Beth Doglio,…

Habitat for Humanity program helps Brier family stay in their home with a new roof

Brier resident Dee Grayson, 77, a retired educator, and her husband William, a veteran, have medical conditions that make taking care of needed repairs on their two-story house quite challenging. However, thanks to the efforts of Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County and its community partners, the couple will now be able to remain in…

WSDOT seeks input on statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

A group of transportation experts and providers, social services organizations, tribes and other stakeholders have worked together to over the past three years to update the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Human Services Transportation Plan. The draft plan now is ready for public review and feedback. According to a WSDOT announcement, people across the…

Community Transit grants 12 surplus vehicles to local nonprofit groups through Van GO program

Community Transit awarded 12 surplus vans to local nonprofit organizations at its board of directors meeting last week. These groups will use the vehicles to provide transportation support for people all throughout Snohomish County. The Van GO program earmarks retired Community Transit vanpool vans or paratransit vehicles that are otherwise sent to surplus auction. The…

County council approves 0.1% sales tax to fund affordable housing, behavioral health

The Snohomish County Council Wednesday voted 3-2 in favor of adopting a 0.1% sales and use tax countywide to fund more affordable housing and behaviorial health services Beginning in April 2022, the county will collect $0.01 per $10 purchase. It is expected to raise approximately $116 million over the next five years. The five councilmembers listened…

Snohomish County proposes 0.1% sales tax increase to fund affordable housing

Seeking more funding for affordable housing, the Snohomish County Council is considering a proposal to raise sales tax across the county by 0.1%. The measure could go into effect by the end of the year. Last week, the Snohomish County Council introduced a plan to raise the countywide sales tax rate to pay for additional…

Northwest Neighbors Network named outstanding human services program

Northwest Neighbors Network, which works to help seniors age well in their own homes, has received an Outstanding Human Services Program award from the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA). Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN) serves residents in North King County (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park) and South Snohomish County (Edmonds, Brier, Woodway, Lynnwood and Mountlake…