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Posted on: March 24, 2016

City’s first transitional housing for homeless opens April 1

Solving homelessness isn’t an easy task – but the City of Marysville is taking the first step toward addressing a growing problem by opening its first transitional housing unit on April 1.

The Marysville Extended Shelter House (MESH) will provide transitional housing for formerly homeless individuals who have successfully completed various rehabilitation programs and are ready to live independently. The house is part of a partnership between the city, The Everett Gospel Mission and local faith organizations.

“As a community, we wanted to do more than just find short-term solutions for a long-term issue,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring. “By providing a safe place for people to live, and offering them vocational and life-skills training, we hope that formerly homeless individuals can transition back into our community with the tools they need to be successful.”

People eligible to live in the MESH will have completed programs offered through the Everett Gospel Mission, will have an income and pay rent, and will have the opportunity to join in various volunteer and community activities that will connect them with neighbors and local faith-based groups. The MESH also allows the Everett Gospel Mission to free up beds for those currently homeless in Marysville.

The MESH will serve three men when it opens in April. If successful, the city and its partner agencies hope to expand the program by opening more homes in the city to serve more participants.

For more information about the MESH partnership, please contact Sylvia Anderson with the Everett Gospel Mission at sanderson@egmission.org, or Dan Hazen with Allen Creek Community Center at danxp.ac3@gmail.com.

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