Homelessness is not a new issue. It is a humanitarian crisis with many causes. These range from losing a job, losing a home, mental health or substance abuse, and more. The impact of homelessness is a growing challenge that presents its own issues in the broader community. Obtaining treatment for mental health or substance abuse can be difficult, finding housing for individuals is lengthy, and getting people off the streets can be a process. Below you will find questions and answers and resources for helping those who need it. 
What is the City doing to address homelessness?

In April of 2017, The Monroe Police Department established a community outreach team comprised of Sergeant Ryan Irving and Social Worker Elisa Delgado. 20 hours a week they focus their time on making contact with homeless individuals who are in need of services. The goal of the program is to consistently contact and engage individuals and to address their short and long term needs to assist them with getting off the street. Often this is accomplished by substance abuse treatment and clean and sober housing. This team also regularly responds to complaints and patrols problem areas associated with illegal camping. 

In 2017, the community outreach team assisted 84 clients; 23 of these clients completed their chemical dependency assessments and several continued on to Intensive Outpatient Programs. 6 clients completed detox and 7 graduated from inpatient treatment. 7 clients are now housed in clean and sober housing and 7 were referred to the YWCA housing program. 2 clients received assistance with fares to travel to stay with their families.  

Monthly Community Outreach Activity:

January Activity

  • Completed chemical dependency assessments – four (4)
  • Entered Detox – four scheduled, three entered, one completed
  • Inpatient Treatment – five scheduled, three entered, one left early
  • One client provided a motel voucher for two nights, waiting for open bed in women’s mission

February Activity

  • Entered detox – One (1) and completed
  • Treatment – Two entered, two others graduated
  • Medication Assisted Treatment – One started
  • Housed – Four (4) total
    • One through YWCA
    • One through Everett Housing Authority
    • Two in Clean and Sober housing

March Activity

  • Eight (8) new clients started engaging in services
  • Chemical Dependency evaluation – one completed
  • Inpatient treatment – Two entered
  • Medication Assisted Treatment – One started
  • Housed: One housed, One referred to YWCA
What do I do when I see an encampment?

The City of Monroe has actively been working on and with property owners to have encampments and the surrounding areas cleaned up. The areas include Monroe City Parks, US2 bypass, BNSF Railroad property, WSDOT property, as well as other private property in the area. Our Monroe Parks & Recreation Department continue to monitor and clean up City properties on a weekly basis. If you see an encampment call 911. 


Helpful resources 

211 - Health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to help individuals.

Cocoon House - Non-profit outreach for homeless and at-risk youth in Snohomish County.

Housing Hope - Affordable housing including emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable rent units, and home ownership opportunities. 

Monroe Women's Gospel Mission - Temporary emergency shelter serving the homeless population including but not limited to , releases from hospitals, crisis beds and inpatient treatment centers, domestic violence situations, and those living in situations no fit for human habitation.

Take the Next Step - Local community resource center for services and guidance to help meet the basic needs of people.

Snohomish County Health District Opioid Information - Information pertaining to opioids and clean needle exchange program.

Sky Valley Resource Guide - Handout with local resources, support information, and treatment centers.