Everett has multiple homeless shelters, shelter assistance services, and transitional resources. This information is critical, as the current wait for placement into Seattle's affordable housing at almost 2 years. Links are listed below with a short description of each type of services. Note: most, if not all of these programs, are functioning at capacity and are often unable to provide immediate assistance. Most maintain long waiting lists. Please call these services for more information on available resources.

Please be advised: the Everett Social Services description pages listed in the Everett Helplink index do not constitute an endorsement by our website, nor are they a guarantee of the services listed on those pages.

Emergency shelters

There are a few types of emergency shelters that operate in the Everett area. An interview is usually required, and most shelters intake on a nightly basis. Some shelters maintain a waiting list when their program is full. Single adult Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) assessment appointments can be made through 2-1-1. Families experiencing homelessness who are parenting, pregnant, or in the process of reunification with their children, as well as families who are fleeing a domestic violence situation, can call 2-1-1 for a telephone screening and to receive information on eligibility. If eligible, an assessment appointment is scheduled for the family to meet with a Housing Specialist. 

Please be advised that: Most shelters serve either men or women, though a few shelters serve both men and women in separate areas of the same building. Some emergency shelters are for women or men who don’t have children, and serve clients ages 18 and older. 

Some men and women’s shelters will only offer open space and floor mats, whereas others may be dormitory-style. In dormitory-style arrangements, clients have a private space for sleeping while sharing common areas such as a bathroom and living room.

Everett Gospel Mission's current shelter facilities allow them to serve up to 166 men, and 75 women and children each night. They also offer provide overnight shelter for men, women, and children in need, please contact the gender designated shelter for more information. (This site offers a cold weather shelter).

Cold Weather shelter

Emergency cold weather shelters are typically open seasonally. Cold weather shelters are generally activated when overnight temperatures are anticipated to at or below 33 degrees.

The City of Everett does not operate any cold weather shelters. They stay in contact with various providers and will refer people to them. The Snohomish County Red Cross refers people to call 2-1-1 to find the nearest cold weather shelter. 

The South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network, which serves Lynnwood and Edmonds. Last year, the shelter was open 36 nights. A shuttle service transports people from Lynnwood City Hall and the Trader Joe’s near Highway 99 and 196th Street SW to the center. Volunteers from churches around south county cook guests a hot meal for dinner and breakfast. They also pack a sack lunch for each person to take in the morning.

Use the shuttle, as there are times when the location of the shelter changes. In the event that the senior center is rented out for an event, a local church hosts the shelter. For details about the South Snohomish County Shelter Network and its shuttle services, go to

Hands Together in Arlington also provides similar services. Last year, it was open 50 nights. They are able to provide bedding, dinner and breakfast for up to 24 people. The shelter relocated between different churches. Open only when the forecast calls for temps below 32 degrees F for 3 or more hours. Call for location, as it changes. call Arlington United Methodist Church at 360-435-3259.

For additional shelters located throughout Snohomish County, go to

The Everett Salvation Army's emergency cold weather shelter operates from 7 pm - 7 am on evenings when the temperature falls to or below 32 degrees for a consecutive 4 hours. Please call to confirm at 425-259-8129 ext: 235.

This is a facebook page that provides opening information for the Snohomish Cold Weather Shelter.

Special Shelters

Domestic Violence: These shelters serve women, and sometimes men, with or without children. Qualifying clients are fleeing an emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive relationship with an intimate partner. Domestic violence shelters have strictly-enforced policies to protect the confidentiality of their locations in order to ensure the safety of those who are accessing their services. In addition to nightly shelter, clients are connected with support services that may include counseling, legal assistance, housing, and more.

This organization provides free and confidential services: emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups, and domestic violence education.  For information, please call the 24-hour crisis hotline:  425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873).

Youth/Young Adult Shelters

Youth shelters generally serve adolescents ages 12-17. Some offer counseling, reconciliation, and other services for shelter residents. A parent or guardian may be required to provide consent for a youth to remain in a youth shelter program within the first few nights of their stay. 

Young adult shelters generally serve clients ages 18-24 (though some accept clients up to age 29). These shelters may provide additional resources and support services to help young adults find and secure stable housing. In the event a young adult shelter has more applicants than they do available space for the night, it may conduct random drawings to determine who will be served. 

Eligible youth/young adults are advised to call shelters directly for more information on application processes.

Cocoon House provides services to at-risk and homeless teens in Snohomish County. This program has two emergency shelters located in Everett and Monroe. They also operate a maternity group home in Arlington and transitional living center in Everett.

Friends of Youth's New Ground Transitional Living Programs provide safe housing, supportive case management services, life skills training, educational and employment guidance, counseling and parenting education for homeless young adults. The organization aims to assist clients in attaining self-sufficiency, financial independence, and long-term housing stability. 

ROOTS provides safe emergency overnight shelter for young adults ages 18-25 located in Seattle WA, near University of Washington. 

YouthCare provides short term shelter for youth and tries to support self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Unfortunately, this organizations resources are limited. As such they are able to put together a true continuum of care for only a fraction of the youth that walk through our doors

Family ShelteRs

Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington addresses the needs of families experiencing homelessness. There are no faith requirements to receive services, and no religious services are held. Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington provides short and long-term shelter services to families experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Mary's Place is a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives. Mary's Place opened in 1999 as a drop-in day center for single homeless women in downtown Seattle.

The Emergency Motel Voucher Program (EMVP) provides short-term assistance to individuals and families. Clients can apply for EMVP at select non-profit service providers in the community.  

Day Centers

Esther’s Place is a day center for women and children. It provides breakfast, lunch, personal care items, clothing, support groups, life skills classes, job training, haircuts, community resources, and medical and dental care. 

Recovery Housing

Listed below are housing programs that provide support to recovering addicts. Access to these services is offered though local clinical treatment centers and services. Most programs require clients to obtain treatment through an associated recovery program prior to receiving housing assistance.  

The Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting, and drug free home. The number of residents in an Oxford House may range from six to fifteen, and there are houses for men, women, and houses for women with children. (updated April 17, 2018), one of the Oxford Houses in Everett has 4 vacancies and potential clients are encouraged to check the site regularly or call the national number for information on the waiting list.

The Compass Snohomish County HARPS program provides clients with supportive housing services aimed at securing and maintaining permanent housing. The program primarily serves individuals discharging from psychiatric inpatient or substance use disorder inpatient facilities who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.


The agencies and services listed below are organizations that are attempting to address the needs of low-income clients seeking assistance in finding permanent housing accommodations, paying for rent or deposits, removing unfavorable rental history, and more. 

The is a free resource that attempts to provide information about affordable housing statewide for low-income families and individuals. This resource is updated by property owners and managers who post apartments or homes available for rent. Many of the listing in this database are for property's in the rental range range from as low as $700 and up to $2500 for the Everett area. Many of the locations listed for Everett are currently waitlisted, some of those have waitlist from 2-5 years. 

This agency is focused expanding the current supply of affordable housing for low-income persons residing in the Everett area. The Everett Housing Authority website provides information on existing low-income housing locations operating in Everett. Most of the housing featured on this site is for senior or disabled persons.

Shelter Plus Care provides permanent housing and long-term support services for homeless adults with a qualifying disability and for families with disabilities. Eligibility: Applicants for Shelter Plus Care must be connected to the program through Snohomish County Coordinated Entry. Individuals and families can enroll by contacting a housing navigator at one of the coordinated entry sites listed here:

Housing Hope offers a full range of affordable housing options throughout Snohomish County. Housing includes emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable rent units, and homeownership opportunities.

Mercy Housing properties has an independent leasing office and application process. Please call each property directly for more information on renting a low-income apartment. Property staff can answer questions regarding apartment availability, rent, income requirements or restrictions, and how to obtain an application for housing. Please note: Many of the properties are in high demand and have waiting lists or no availability. Contact the corporate office at 866-338-0557 for questions about low-income assistance.

Seattle Based Housing agency's

The Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington State. They also administer a range of supportive service programs to assist clients in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency


The Washington Homeownership Resource Center (WHRC) is dedicated to educating and empowering current and future homeowners in Washington State. We offer a website, hotline, and portal where you will find resources for first-time homebuyers, current homeowners, and homeowners who may be facing foreclosure. Through our portal, our agency partners within the state will be able to view a client’s profile in order to better assist them.