Building a Skagit County Housing Affordability Strategy
Two out of every five households in Skagit County cannot afford the home they occupy. The attached report describes in detail the scope of our affordable housing shortfall and 12 recommendations to address this crucial issue.
in Skagit County
At any point in time, at least 957 people in Skagit County are homeless
(2011 Homeless Count). Throughout the year, hundreds more face the prospect
of losing their homes due to precarious financial conditions, domestic
violence, health crises, and chronic mental health and chemical dependency
conditions. Furthermore, the rising cost of housing and stagnant wages
increases the risk of people losing their housing, and makes it increasingly
difficult to find affordable housing.
County: The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness [Pdf]
with developmental disabilities and their families are valued citizens
of Skagit County. The Developmental Disabilities program strives to promote
individual worth, self-respect, and dignity such that each individual
is valued as a contributing member of the community.
- Represents Skagit
County's interests in mental health services
- Assures that a
full continuum of mental health services is available to eligible consumers.
- Maintains a county
presence within the five county North Sound Mental Health Administration
(NSMHA) to assure that Skagit County receives appropriate resources,
- Manages the County's
mental health program through the Skagit County Mental Health Advisory
on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens,
age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and
who are unable to prepare their own meals.
about activities and services at each of the Skagit County Senior Centers.
Web sites are maintained by senior volunteers at each center and sponsored
by Skagit County and its towns and cities.
Senior Nutrition Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to seniors
through a variety of services. Each meal distributed by the program is
designed to provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances
for people over 60 years of age.
Abuse Treatment and Prevention
County Substance Abuse Treatment Program assures:
- Adequate sub-acute
detoxification services are available to all in need;
- Sufficient outpatient
treatment services are available within Skagit County to minimize waiting
- Youth, pregnant
and parenting women, and ethnic minorities have access to treatment
- Subcontractor service
performance is monitored to assure accountability to the public funding