We all know or see people living on the streets, in encampments, squatting in vacant houses, RVs, cars, trucks, vans, storage sheds, couches of friends and family, campsites, vacant lots...
When you are tired and have nowhere to call home you sleep where you lie your head. Sometimes that leads you to jail.
A home is currently out of reach for many people due to the shortage of housing. Rent and housing prices continue to increase and make it harder to achieve for anyone working full time with an income less than $30.46 an hour for a 2 bedroom apartment. So a single mom or dad with kids needs to make at least this to afford a 2 bedroom apartment without assistance.
Currently, a full time job at minimum wage of $13.69/hour qualifies for rent of $790/month. In Snohomish County you are lucky to find a room for rent at this price for an individual, often required to share a room. And, if you have any additional family members you will not find anything.
Shelter beds are needed to offer people the opportunity to move forward. Without a safe, secure place to sleep, store personal items, take care of personal hygiene, and an address to give employers, it's difficult to move off the streets and toward permanent housing.
A variety of shelter options are needed for individual adults, families with children, dad's with children, couples, places that allow pets. And with a shortage of housing, time limits for people in shelter need to be flexible with reasonable guidelines.
#Letsget2yes with shelter and housing solutions.
Whether you agree or disagree with this information and are interested in having a conversation, please reach out.