Homeless Students:

A Growing Need in Everett

Last school year, there were over 

1,300 homeless students in Everett.

We can solve this issue together.


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Neighborhood Advisory Committee:

Neighborhood Advisory Committee meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. For Zoom information contact updates@housinghope.org

Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting Notes:

February 26, 2020

January 28, 2020

May 27, 2020

July 1, 2020

July 22, 2020

August 26, 2020 

Concept Site Plan Summary as of June 2020

  • The site is divided into two portions, a) R-1 conforming single-family residences along Norton Avenue, and b) R-3 conforming multi-family construction adjoining Grand Avenue;

  • Vehicle access to the site only from Grand Avenue;

  • 44 total residential units provided through 7 single-family dwellings, 5 attached townhome units and 32 flats in three multifamily buildings.   

  • 53 on-site parking stalls as compared to the code required 29 stalls.  Also, four new off-site parking stalls are added on Norton Avenue to help accomplish neighborhood desire for traffic calming;

  • 3,400 square foot administration/resident services space provided;

  • Resident amenities include sports court, youth play structure, toddler play structure, picnic plaza, raised garden beds, companion animal run, a pedestrian pathway to Grand Avenue

  • 30+ foot view corridor running east-west through the site over an existing water line easement;

  • ADA accessible Public Pedestrian Path running from Norton to Grand Avenue along the North property line of the site;

  • Public Pocket Park near the NW corner of the site;









































Proposed 3D Renderings

From the West (Facing East)


Proposed 3D Renderings

From the North (Facing South)

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The elevation pictured above demonstrates how the multifamily buildings are screened from view from Norton Ave.


Proposed 3D Renderings

From the South (Facing North)

Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone.

More about this collaboration

The Issue:

In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 1,266 students in the Everett Public Schools experiencing homelessness. Nationwide, the number of homeless students has increased by 100% in the past 10 years. In our own community, these students are living in shelters, cars, or on the streets. This is a statistic that must change. Everett Public Schools and Housing Hope are collaborating to support these vulnerable members of our community with a new property in Everett.

The Solution:

Children born into poverty and those who experience significant traumas are more likely to raise their own families in the same conditions. Housing Hope has been working for over 31 years to break this cycle using stable housing, supportive services, and job training to help get families back on their feet. When a homeless student can live in safe, stable housing, their grades can improve. They can focus on studying and healing instead of where their next meal will come from. Once they graduate, children with high school diplomas are more likely to earn higher wages and break the cycle of poverty that they were born into.

The Site:

Nearly three acres of vacant land has been identified southwest of Sequoia High School. This land is owned by Everett Public Schools and leased to Housing Hope. Construction would begin in the summer of 2022 and would be completed in 2023, subject to the approval of a special property use permit and financing.

The Design:

The new construction will have 44 units and will be a safe, stable, and supportive place for families experiencing homelessness with students attending Sequoia High School and other schools within Everett Public Schools. The design will be reflective of the historic character of the neighborhood. 


The site is presently zoned R-1, with neighboring properties zoned R-3 and R-4. An application for Special Property Use Permit will be submitted to the City of Everett and a public hearing for community input will follow.

The Approach:

To break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, housing isn’t enough. The hallmarks of

Housing Hope programs include supporting parents by helping them remove barriers to employment and increased income. Children are supported in overcoming trauma and succeeding in school. Our goal is for families to achieve self-sufficiency and thrive.

Housing Hope in your community:

Housing Hope sites are safe, clean, and beautiful properties. We operate over 544 units of housing throughout Snohomish County, including 11 properties in Everett.

About Housing Hope:  Founded in 1987, we recognize that safe, secure, and affordable housing is only the first step in solving poverty for struggling families. The innovative concept to provide a full range of housing with housing-related support services is a hallmark of our mission.  Housing Hope combines affordable housing with tailored services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment services.  We also offer homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals of Snohomish County and Camano Island.

Opportunity for input: There will be extensive opportunity to provide input on this project. We will distribute information to the neighborhood, and post information on this website as plans progress. Please check back often, and contact updates@housinghope.org with any questions.