Snohomish County shelters brace for a cold, wet winter

Community groups are being asked to do more to help keep people safe and warm.

EVERETT, Wash. — Six winter shelters are opening in Snohomish County this week, a total of 157 additional beds. But with so many people in need, it’s being called a “stopgap” measure.

“We need more year-round shelter beds,” said Tyler Verda of Snohomish County Human Services.

Fifty-five beds are being set up at the Everett Gospel Mission.

Geoffrey Mulvaney will be sleeping there. He usually sleeps in a downtown doorway.

“It means everything,” he said. “It’s life and death out here.”

There are

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