Group asks state for money for Casino Road area resource center
EVERETT - A group supporting Casino Road residents is asking legislators to fund a new community resource center.
The Casino Road Stakeholders Group wants to build a community resource center that would offer three things in one building: a family resource center, rooms for community events and a nonprofit services center for people to get help, Volunteers of America Western Washington vice president Bob Reese said.
Earlier this year, the VOA asked legislators for $53,000 toward the preliminary phases of planning the center.
The Senate included funding for the center in its capital budget, but the House didn’t, Reese said. Stakeholders are working on approaching House capital budget chairman state Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, to add the center to the House budget.
“Given the impact it would have, it seems it would be very effective” if funding was given, Reese said last week.
The $53,000 request would pay for the first steps of identifying sites, designing the building and creating a funding plan. The VOA would pitch in $20,000 toward this phase.
The center would be one more important resource for Casino Road residents, who live in one of Snohomish County’s lowest-income areas. The center’s location is yet to be decided but it will be located near schools, affordable housing and the low-income Community Health Center of Snohomish County clinic on 112th Street.
The project has the support of more than a half dozen groups including the South Everett Neighborhood Center, Molina Healthcare and the Mukilteo School District.
Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick wrote to state senators who represent the area that a center like this could reduce crime.
People such as Tyrone McMorris of Casino Road Ministries and South Everett Boys & Girls Club director Jake Marsh have been working to help youth succeed in the daunting, crime-ridden environment of Casino Road, which stakeholders say is being cleaned up in recent years.
The Casino Road Stakeholders Group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Horizon Elementary School during the school year, and at a nearby location during the summer months.
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