Nehring proposes to hold county hotel purchase until drug treatment ordinance passes
EVERETT, Washington, August 14, 2022 – On Thursday, August 12, Snohomish County Council Member Nate Nehring introduced an order that will compel tenants of the county’s proposed bridge and permanent supportive housing who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder ( SOUTH) to attend a drug treatment program.
The ordinance follows County Executive Dave Somers’ proposal to purchase the Days Inn hotel in Everett to convert into transitional housing for the homeless. Councilman Nehring requests that the county council postpone the vote on the hotel purchase until the drug treatment ordinance can be reviewed.
Focusing on addiction recovery for those housed in county-owned shelters is key to addressing one of the root causes of homelessness, according to its press release. According to data published in the National Institutes of Health Library of Medicine, more than a third (1/3) of people experiencing homelessness also suffer from an addiction.
“To address the root causes of homelessness, we need to take a compassionate approach to help those struggling get back on their feet,” said Council Member Nehring. “Warehousing people with addictions in hotels just to get them off the streets does not address the underlying causes of their situation and is not compassionate. My order would require these people to participate in a treatment program.
If passed, the ordinance would specifically apply to residents of county-owned hotels that have been converted to transitional or permanent supportive housing and would only apply to people with an alcohol-related disorder. substance use. The county council is currently set to vote on buying the Days Inn hotel in Everett at its Aug. 17 general legislative session meeting.e at 9:00 a.m.
The ordinance has been submitted and is awaiting assignment to a Board policy committee.