A $4.3M state grant will help provide shelter for homeless

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A $4.3 million state grant will pay for new initiatives to provide shelter for about 90 homeless people in Snohomish County. It will chip away at a shelter bed shortage that officials say has swelled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The county plans to spend about $2.4 million of the grant on a new facility in the Everett area to house 50 to 60 people. That will open the way for officials to decommission an emergency shelter downtown. They plan to use a portion of the grant to build a community of about 20 low-cost shelter units known as “pallet shelters.”