The Office of Neighborhoods (OON), a collaboration between Snohomish County Human Services and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), was paused in June 2022 due to law enforcement staffing shortages.

In response, Human Services developed a new program, called Snohomish County Outreach Team (SCOUT), to ensure their social workers were able to continue to serve people in need. OON was relaunched in January, and the Partnership agreement between these agencies will allow for both of these programs, OON and SCOUT, to work simultaneously, providing additional opportunities to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community and improve public safety. The collaboration shows how Snohomish County continues to innovate and address the many issues associated with homelessness.

Happening right now, Dave Somers, and Adam Fortney, Snohomish County Sherriff are meeting with Snohomish County Human and Social Services Workers (SCOUT’s) to further this partnership in a commitment to address this issue countywide.