Snohomish County continues to buy hotels for bridge housing | Washington

(The Center Square) – During the first half of August, Snohomish County channeled approximately $22.2 million toward the acquisition of 165 deck housing units.

The latest purchase was for the Americas Best Value Inn in Edmonds, which was announced Monday. This newly acquired hotel will be transformed into transitional accommodation with 55 time-limited accommodations for the homeless.

The county told The Center Square in an email that the hotel was purchased for $9.1 million, or nearly $165,500 per unit.

“The County’s purchase of the Americas Best Value Inn is a natural fit,” Shannon Burley, assistant director of parks and recreation for the City of Edmonds, said in a statement. “Many people who have stayed at this motel have used housing vouchers through various homelessness prevention programs.”

The 165 units the county has acquired so far in August represent a 26% increase in capacity for its system, according to Snohomish County.

Just like the Days Inn in Everett like Snohomish County bought last week, Americas Best Value Inn will provide full service access to homeless people residing on the property. 24/7 on-site staff and services include food, sanitation, employment services, legal services, and mental health and addictions services.

Residents of the City of Edmonds and its surrounding district voted to increase behavioral health services and affordable housing as priority issues during District 3 Recovery Roadshow which gave residents the opportunity to provide feedback on recovery needs.

“South County residents and service providers have made it clear that we need to increase local housing and mental health care options and we intend to continue to expand units and services for vulnerable communities in across the county,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.

Snohomish County Council will receive purchase agreements for Americas Best Value Inn and Days Inn for review on August 17. The county said it will also continue to offer residents the opportunity to provide feedback on the bridging housing and behavioral health services initiative.

In addition to the $22.2 million spent on bridge housing, the county funded $5 million for broadband expansion this month. A total of $27.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars was spent by Snohomish County in August.

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