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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.


Skagit County Rental Assistance Program

Skagit County has received $8.9 million in funding through the Washington State Department of Commerce and funded by Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP). The intention of this emergency funding is to prevent eviction for households who have been financially impacted by the COVID pandemic.  Low income households living in Skagit County can receive funds to cover past due, current, and future rent as well as past-due and current due utility bills.

Funding is available for either renters or landlords who have lost income due to COVID-19 and are struggling to pay or collect rent. An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of an eligible household.

The county has partnered with a number of agencies to administer funds. Partner agencies will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 5th.

Additional information on eligibility and requirements and how to apply can be found here:

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SKAGIT COUNTY HOMELESS CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM

Skagit County seeks applications, no later than 3:00pm on February 12th, 2021, from qualified parties experienced in implementing projects to provide homeless crisis response services.
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Skagit County HOME Consortium 2021 Action Plan

Skagit County, as Lead Agency for the Skagit County HOME Consortium, is undertaking the planning process leading to the submission of the 2021 Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). [more information]


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]