Our philosophy is that the communities we serve come first. The Office of Neighborhoods was created to fulfill two goals: 1) engage residents through outreach and events in a collaborative effort to make our neighborhoods safer and 2) identify and connect with our county's homeless population to foster long-term relationships and break the cycle of homelessness, mental health, and/or chemical dependency in our county.
The Office of Neighborhoods teams up law enforcement with social workers who go out into the field – literally – to identify, locate, and connect with homeless and vulnerable populations in the county. The goal is to foster long-term relationships and break the cycle of homelessness, mental health, and/or chemical dependency in our county.
Under the leadership of Sgt. James Chelin, the team includes Law Enforcement Embedded Social Workers (LEESWs) who help homeless individuals locate and navigate social and health services. Together, Office of Neighborhoods deputies and police officers and LEESWs with Snohomish County Human Services assist frequent jail utilizers, the homeless, and the mentally ill to find services they need and lessen the likelihood of re-offending, law enforcement contact, or incarceration.
The goal is to expand current crime prevention efforts (such as Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out). Community Outreach also includes: