Strong codes are needed
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