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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

Cold weather shelters open in Snohomish County

Mill Creek homeless landscape impacted by surrounding cities


Last updated 12/29/2020 at 1:51pm

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Cold weather shelters are open in Snohomish County for a homelessness problem that is measured with a Point in Time Count, every January.

As the temperatures drop, the levels of homelessness become more evident and more dangerous, for the unsheltered.

In 2019, just under 600 people in the county were "unsheltered," meaning they lived in an abandoned building (22), in a vehicle (280) or on the street (297). That number is up from year's past. The Point in Time count usually occurs in January, and is coming up for Snohomish County. It is not yet clear how it will proceed, with COVID-19 restrictions. The Beacon has requested information on the PIT status, during COVID-19.

PIT is a process where interviewers visit people who ar...

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