For many months, all of us at Compass Health have waited in anticipation for the start of construction on our Broadway Campus Redevelopment project. Now, it’s officially underway as our CEO Tom Sebastian joined Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Rick Larsen and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin at the groundbreaking ceremony for our phase-one permanent supportive housing facility.
Phase one of the three-phase project is slated to open in 2021 and will include 82 new units of permanent supportive housing for people with chronic behavioral health challenges. This facility includes units available to military veterans and individuals transitioning to the community from Western State Hospital and will double Compass Health’s housing capacity in Snohomish County.
During the ceremony, Tom and our city, state and federal leaders addressed the importance of the project’s goal to leverage our approach to community-based care to divert patients from inpatient settings and ease the burden on local hospitals, law enforcement and homeless services.
In addition to supporting statewide initiatives, the Broadway Campus Redevelopment project will help lead the transformation fragmented mental health and addiction treatment systems—integrating care to promote whole person health.
As Tom noted in his remarks, the project will not only transform the entryway into Everett, it will create a central hub in our community that is dedicated to benefiting residents and businesses. And, as we put shovels in the ground, it wasn’t hard to imagine how Compass Health will revolutionize the currently underutilized block as we begin building the five-story, 47,000-square-foot phase one building.
In addition to aligning with the City of Everett’s Safe Streets program, the facility will include units for eligible veterans who are experiencing homelessness, under the Housing Authority of Snohomish County’s VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) Voucher program. Other residents will include community members experiencing homelessness referred by Investing in Futures, Snohomish County’s Coordinated Entry Process, and individuals transitioning back into the community from Western State Hospital and other treatment settings.
150 community leaders also heard about the second and third phases of the redevelopment. For the second phase, Compass Health is planning a behavioral health prevention and early intervention facility to replace the 70-year old Bailey Building on Broadway Avenue. Phase three, which is still in the early design stages, is projected to focus on integrating behavioral health services with a primary care clinic and pharmacy.
Standing on the site of our new facility, we couldn’t help but feel the importance of the event as we set the foundation for the first phase this project that will impact our community here in Everett and beyond. Helping make this vision a reality are our funding and development partners, which can be found here.
In the months that follow, you can find updates about our progress on the Broadway Campus Redevelopment project page: www.compasshealth.org/broadwayredevelopment.