Everett, WA

Everett apartment owner slapped for housing discrimination

November 05, 2015
The owners of an Everett apartment building have entered into an agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office to settle racial discrimination claims.
     The agreement, called an “assurance of discontinuance,” states Renton-based DSB Investments LLC admitted to engaging in unfair real estate practices and employed discriminatory terms and conditions in connection with its management of the Glacier View Apartments in Everett.
     As part of the agreement between the state and the company, the company’s admission of wrongdoing “shall not be considered as an admission of violation for any purpose,” and that no further penalties would be assessed if the company keeps its end of the bargain.

Neighbors object to housing plan for women recovering from addiction

July 28, 2004
Some south Everett residents are resisting plans to house 10 women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in their neighborhood.
     The Everett Housing Authority is buying the Timber Hill Apartments just east of I-5 near 75th Street SE, and plans to gradually convert the 30 units into subsidized housing for people with low incomes.
     Catholic Community Services will provide treatment and counseling to women who will move into 10 of those units with their young children.

Group calms housing conflicts

November 29, 2002
A 78-year-old Everett woman struggling to survive on monthly Social Security income of $892 received a notice that her rent was increasing from $525 to $650 per month. She lucked out and found a brochure at the Everett Senior Center that helped her out of her dilemma.
     She called the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish and Island Counties, a program of Volunteers of America that has been the counties' fair housing counselor since 1982. The tax-funded program provides free mediation assistance between landlords and tenants embroiled in disputes and helps many of them resolve their problems without having to go to court.
     An intake counselor determined that the landlord's notice of the rental increase fell short of the law's requirements, and notified the landlord. The landlord then set the increase to take effect a month after the original notice. The counselor also informed the woman of senior housing, and she was placed at the top of the waiting list, because her higher rent would be more than half of her monthly income. She soon got an apartment for $275 a month and is able to enjoy life more now. 
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