Homelessness

Note: The Homelessness Policy Advisory Committee will be holding a Community Meeting/Open House on November 14th at 6:30 pm on the City of Monroe campus.  A room is still to be determined.

The Homeless Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC)  


  

The purpose of the HPAC is to provide a forum for the coordination of information among local citizens and stakeholders to seek thoughtful, effective, and lasting solutions to the City’s homelessness crisis, and to facilitate assistance for unsheltered persons in the Monroe community. The HPAC will provide the Mayor and City Council with nonbinding advice and recommendations regarding issues related to homelessness.

For more information, go to the Homeless Advisory Committee page.


Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis with many causes. These range from losing a job, losing a home, mental/behavioral health or substance abuse, domestic violence 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, answers and resources for helping those who need it. 
 
Here is what the City of Monroe, at the direction of Mayor Thomas, is doing to address homelessness:

  • Lobbying our State Senator and two State Representatives to ask them to change laws and to make certain there are facilities to get people the help they should be getting - we encourage citizens to reach out to: Senator Wagoner at http://keithwagoner.src.wastateleg.org/contact-me/, Representative Eslick at Carolyn.eslick@leg.wa.gov, and Representative Sutherland at Robert.sutherland@leg.wa.gov to share your concerns about this issue in Monroe and across our State and to ask them to continue to defend the tools we currently have (a bill introduced in the last legislative session would have made it harder for us to address this issue from a law enforcement perspective, for more info: House Bill 1591), while also expanding the tools and resources local governments need to address these issues.
  • Expressing support for the City of Boise, which is headed to the US Supreme Court to defend their ability to enforce a sit-lie ordinance that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found unconstitutional.  For more info: Martin v. City of Boise.
  • Contacting other property owners in the City about how the management of their property affects our community. 
  • Officers often respond to calls reporting "aggressive panhandling" also known as "coercive solicitation" in violation of the City of Monroe MMC Chapter 9.35 REGULATION OF SOLICITATION which can be found through this link: https://monroe.municipal.codes/MMC/9.35.010If you encounter this type of behavior, please call 911.  
     
  • September 30, 2019 WA Department of Transportation, with the assistance of MPD Officers, cleaned up several encampments on DOT property behind the Walmart complex.  We continue to work with property owners to identify encampments, notify occupants to vacate, trespass violators, and clean the area.
  • September 24, 2019 a letter was sent to the Snohomish County Council members from the City of Monroe Council in support of the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Officer with their Innovative Justice Initiative.  
  • September 24, 2019 Judge Rozzano upheld the City's Stay Out of Drug Area (SODA) order.  This will allow the City Prosecutor to continue to request a SODA order on a defendant who has pending drug related charges.
Community Outreach Team
In April 2017, the City of Monroe in partnership with Snohomish County, established a Community Outreach Team which includes an embedded social worker, Elisa Delgado.  Social Worker Delgado is in the City twenty (20) hours a week working with Officer Justin Springer, making contact with homeless people who are in need of services.  The goal of the program is to consistently contact and engage people to address short and long term needs.  Often this is accomplished by substance abuse treatment and clean and sober housing.  This team regularly responds to complaints and goes into our City parks and other areas where encampments may be.  The Snohomish Tribune and Everett Herald recently wrote articles regarding the Monroe Police Department's community outreach program.  Click here to read the Snohomish Tribune article and here to read the Everett Herald article.

Community Outreach Team Statistics      2019 Highlights      Archive Statistics  

City Parks Department


The City Park’s crew is also active in addressing the problems created by illegal encampments in our City parks.  In 2018, parks personnel spent 308 hours removing 169 bags of debris and litter from 28 encampments.  Parks personnel are vigilant in conducting weekly checks of our parks to report to police any new encampments and remove any litter that may be left behind.  If you see an encampment call 911 or the non-emergency number at 425-407-3999.

Parks Homeless Response Data

 

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Resources

Here are some common available resources. If you have other resources that could be added, please email pamb@monroewa.gov with the link and a brief description of services offered. 

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

Beck's Place - Foster boarding that cares for pets while families access services that will allow them to achieve stability.

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 not 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.