YWCA Pathways for Women shelter seeking donations of household items

The YWCA Pathways for Women shelter in Lynnwood is seeking donations of household cleaning products and gently used bedding, especially twin/full sheets. These donations allow the shelter to ensure funds can be used to directly support clients. Also needed are other household items such as can openers, pots and pans, silverware, potholders, oven cookware, glasses,…

Housing Hope unveils plans for family apartments next to Edmonds Lutheran Church

  Edmonds residents got a new and detailed look at a small church’s big vision of how its congregation can help families in desperate need of permanent housing.   Housing Hope of Snohomish County unveiled new plans at its partner location, Edmonds Lutheran Church, at a Sunday public gathering. The group plans to build 52…

Informational meeting June 12 on Housing Hope project planned for Edmonds

Housing Hope is hosting an informational meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12 about a new family housing development planned for Edmonds Lutheran Church. During the meeting, Housing Hope will present the details of the project, designed for families in need. You can read more about it in our previous story. Space is limited, so…

Reminder: Veterans event at Edmonds Food Bank June 8

With the goal of connecting veterans and other community members, the Edmonds Food Bank is partnering with Operation Military Family to offer an educational speaker and refreshments on Wednesday, June 8. The event will be at the Edmonds Food Bank from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The speaker is Shellie Willis, a veteran, TEDx speaker and author, and…

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…

New report shows homelessness declining in Edmonds

The final 2022 report on the state of homelessness in Edmonds indicates there are fewer people who are homeless in the city. The homelessness assessment, conducted by Edmonds-based Koné Consulting, updated the report presented to the Edmonds City Council in 2019. The council received preliminary findings from the 2022 report in March. One of the areas…

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…

Council hears update on homelessness in Edmonds, reinstates salary commission

During a busy Tuesday night meeting, the Edmonds City Council approved an ordinance amending the already-approved 2022 city budget, reinstated the city’s  salary commission, heard a preliminary update on homelessness in Edmonds and received an assessment of the city’s tree canopy. The council also approved a $298,000 change order associated with stormwater mitigation for Civic…

Habitat for Humanity program helps family stay in 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…

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,…

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…