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Director: Jennifer Johnson

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

More and more Skagit County residents say local housing issues have reached a crisis state.

Purchasing a home is out of reach for many families while monthly rents stretch household budgets. The local homeless population is increasing. There is a shortfall in area housing for people with a wide range of incomes. Many people who were once financially comfortable now struggle – taking money away from basics in order to keep a roof over their heads.


Early Notice and Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland

Skagit County is receiving written comments regarding the notice included below on or before November 5, 2020. Comments can be submitted by mail to:
                700 South 2nd Street, Room 301
                Mount Vernon, WA 98273-1071
                                or
                Via email to skjos@co.skagit.wa.us


Skagit County HOME Consortium Tenant Based Rental Assistance Notice of Funding Availability

Skagit County and the Skagit County HOME Consortium seek applications for HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding for the provision of Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) in Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. Please see the full Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for details:

Current subrecipients of Skagit County HOME Consortium TBRA funds should complete the following renewal materials:

Organizations interested in completing a new application for funding should complete a thorough review of the NOFA and contact Shelley Kjos, Housing Resource Coordinator, at skjos@co.skagit.wa.us, no later than October 16, 2020.


Skagit County Mortgage Assistance Program

On October 1, 2020, Skagit County will begin accepting applications for a new mortgage assistance program to help homeowners who are behind on their payments due to COVID-19. The program will provide grants of up to $6,000 to homeowners that are currently at or below 50% of Area Median Income and who have lost income due to COVID-19. Income requirements and other eligibility criteria can be found on the Application. Direct payments will be made to the applicant’s mortgage company on the applicant’s behalf, and can be used for mortgage principal, interest, and private mortgage insurance.

Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2020. Assistance is available on a first-qualified, first-served basis until available funds are fully spent or until November 23, 2020. Completed applications can be returned between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to Skagit County Public Health: 700 South 2nd Street, Room 301, Mount Vernon WA 98273.


Skagit County 2019 Homeless Housing Plan

The vision for the 2019 Homeless Housing Plan is that homelessness in Skagit County is prevented, and in cases when it does occur, that it is a brief, rare and one-time experience. Its purpose is to make clear the action plan of the homeless crisis response system over the next five years and to guide funding decisions on behalf of the County.

The plan was guided by a task force of community members and developed by assessing data collected through surveys, community meetings, focus groups, individual interviews, state specific tools and support from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Technical Assistance Collective (TAC). Objectives for Skagit County’s plan were determined by Commerce’s Local Plan Guidelines. If you would like to provide comments or have questions, email or call Sarah Hinman at sarahh@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1507.


Housing and Homelessness:

Skagit County Public Health partners with local cities and nonprofits to provide humanitarian response, emergency shelters, rental assistance and supportive services with the goal of improving access to housing and reducing homelessness [flyer]




Skagit County HOME Consortium
Videos
Homeless in Skagit County
Housing: The first step in healing

Measuring Local Homelessness & Our Response

Homelessness: FAQ's


Reports:

Skagit County Housing Action Plan

Skagit County Affordable Housing Needs
Local Community Housing Profiles

Recovery Housing and Employment Needs Assessment

Community Report: Housing in Skagit County

Housing Summit documents and presentations:

Building a Skagit County Housing Affordability Strategy
Updated Report: 2016
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.

Homelessness 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.
Skagit County: The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness [Pdf]