Strong codes are needed

The Daily Herald - - OPINION -

Ox­ford Houses are a good ex­am­ple of how to suc­cess­fully run tran­si­tional hous­ing. I en­cour­age Ev­erett City Coun­cil to take a good look at this model and in­te­grate best prac­tices into our city’s tran­si­tional hous­ing.

I own and re­side in a triplex lo­cated next to a mul­ti­ple-unit build­ing. Renters in that build­ing, over the years, have been the source of nu­mer­ous nui­sance com­plaints. In Novem­ber I went be­fore a judge in Su­pe­rior Court of the state of Wash­ing­ton be­cause that prop­erty gen­er­ated over 100 calls to 911, from Jan­uary 2013 to June 2014.

I also had an or­der of pro­tec­tion against one of the renters. I got a judg­ment filed in Novem­ber 2015. I will re­turn to court later this month with con­tempt of court is­sues. I am los­ing renters as a re­sult of the ac­tivist at this prop­erty. I am run­ning a busi­ness. Where’s the en­force­ment of ex­ist­ing laws and codes? Are there laws and codes to be en­forced in Ev­erett?

If a cit­i­zen can­not get a rea­son­able res­o­lu­tion through all the ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels to an on­go­ing prob­lem, how can we ex­pect the city of Ev­erett to im­ple­ment good poli­cies, with ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion when nec­es­sary, on tran­si­tional hous­ing? I rec­og­nize and ac­cept there’s a huge need for tran­si­tional hous­ing, but without strong codes and en­force­ment, it will be a nightmare for all.

San­dra Kramer Ev­erett

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