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Thu Aug 11, 2022, 02:21 PM

Where shelter space has been scarce, Lynnwood explores 'rapid rehousing'

LYNNWOOD — Jennifer Bereskin spent most of her childhood couch-surfing, in and out of shelters and affordable housing. She recalls writing more statements for police reports than academic essays.


“I went to the YWCA in Lynnwood,” Bereskin said. “And I went there every week. I would go in there and check and see if they had any spots. They had no spots at the shelter.”

The Lynnwood City Council agreed to accept $250,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Snohomish County for a one-year “rapid rehousing” program through Volunteers of America, so other families have an easier path than Bereskin did. The city will provide another $250,000 from its ARPA funds.

The money is slated to rehouse 30 unsheltered families in Lynnwood, offering rent assistance and case management to help people get into stable housing. The program provides for two full-time case managers.


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