Rushing is pleased to support the design of Cocoon House Homeless Youth Housing in Everett, WA. Rushing is providing expertise in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Full Design services as well as LEED for Homes Energy Modeling and 2015 WSEC Component Performance Compliance.

Cocoon House will consist of a 35,000 square foot facility on 3 floors. The mixed-use development will include approximately 40 housing units for homeless youth, a day/drop-in center and office space for staff. The project will provide 23 dorm-style beds for homeless youth (16 for youth 15-17 yrs old; 8 for youth 18-24 yrs old) plus 17 units of permanent supportive housing for youth 18-24 yrs old. All residents will have access to wrap-around services in a safe living environment. Cocoon House staff will help residents engage in school, prepare for employment, and access community services on and off site. The project is pursuing LEED for Homes Certification.

From the article by Eric Riddle:

Homelessness is an isolating experience few can imagine, and for a young person, it can be even more so, but in Snohomish County, there is a place they can go besides the streets.

“At Cocoon House our mission is to help empower young people, families and the community to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing, and prevention,” said Joe Alonzo of Cocoon House. “Since Cocoon House was founded in 1991 we have served over 32,000 young people and their families. We have five different locations that we do our work in, four housing programs around the county, two shelters and we have two long-term programs.”

For clients like Sara, the program provides a lengthy list of services that help young people like her get their lives back on track.

“It was hard not knowing where to turn not knowing what to do,” said Sara. “I come here and they constantly help, they are always helping with something. They are amazing cause they are down to earth, they’re at your level, they understand.”

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