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.
Skagit County Public Health is soliciting applications to increase community capacity to provide Recovery Housing to individuals recovering from substance use disorders. Please see attached Notice of Funding Availability for details, and feel free to forward to others who may be interested.
Housing Summit documents and presentations:
- Is There Enough Affordable Housing in Skagit County?
- Housing Summit Report (posted March 4, 2016)
- Press release (posted March 4, 2016)
- Introduction of local data and effective models
- Solutions and Strategies
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.
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]
Skagit County Home Consortium Tri-County Consolidated Plan
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