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Director: Jennifer Johnson










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 HOME Consortium Tri-County Consolidated Plan

Housing: The first step in healing

Measuring Local Homelessness & Our Response

Skagit County Veterans Assistance Fund Affordable Housing Development
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Skagit County and the City of Burlington are pleased to release this Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of affordable housing for veterans. Through this RFP, the County will provide $500,000 in grant or forgivable loan capital funding and the City of Burlington will provide siting and permitting support.

The full RFP can be downloaded here . Applicants should use the Washington State Combined Funders Application – Narrative and Forms in completing their proposal.  

Proposals must be submitted to: Kayla Schott-Bresler, Skagit County Public Health, 700 S. Second Street, #301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or emailed to no later than 3:00pm, November 21, 2018.

Public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Skagit County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Skagit County, as Lead Agency for the Skagit County HOME Consortium, is undertaking a review process prior to submission of a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PY 2017 CAPER is an annual assessment of the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program and describes the Consortium’s assessment of its annual performance in meeting its 2015-2017 Consolidated Plan priorities and objectives. The purpose of this hearing is to obtain the views of citizens and other interested parties on the report. If no comments are received that require revisions to the plan, permission to submit the plan to HUD will be requested.


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]

Skagit County Home Consortium Tri-County Consolidated Plan
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