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Public input meeting Sept. 9 on homelessness, street issues

EVERETT — The city is holding a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 9 on street and homelessness issues.
The public is invited to provide input to the city’s Community Streets Initiative task force at a public hearing from 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the fourth-floor Weyerhaeuser Room of Everett Station, 3200 Smith Ave.
Mayor Ray Stephanson convened the task force to look at street-level social issues in Everett’s commercial cores and develop recommendations aimed at fostering a safe, vibrant and healthy community. The group is comprised of service providers, business owners, community members and representatives from city and county agencies.
Attendees will each have three minutes to speak at the Sept. 9 meeting, and comments will be shared with the entire task force of two dozen members.
The public can also provide feedback to the task force on the city’s website: www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2205
“We’ve had great community turnout at our meetings thus far and we want to provide an opportunity for the public to share their observations and personal experiences,” said Sylvia Anderson, task force co-chair and chief executive officer at Everett Gospel Mission.
“As we begin developing our recommendations, we want to hear from residents and other community members about ideas and options we might consider,” said Chris Adams, task force co-chair and attorney with the firm Adams & Duncan.
The task force’s first three meetings have been devoted to panel discussions and presentations on topics such as Everett’s demographics, current systems and services, Everett’s commercial cores, criminal justice and street outreach.
In the coming weeks, the task force will learn more about what’s being done in other cities and around the country, as they prepare to begin developing recommendations in October.
  The task force meets every other Thursday from 3-6 p.m. in the fourth-floor Weyerhaeuser Room of Everett Station, 3200 Smith Ave.
The next regular task force meeting is Thursday, Sept. 4.
All meetings are open to the public and are recorded and broadcast on the city’s cable channel and the city’s YouTube video channel at www.youtube.com/user/TheCityofEverett
The city’s cable channel is channel 21 for Comcast subscribers and channel 29 for Frontier subscribers.


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