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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.

The Skagit County HOME Consortium is releasing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $92,577 in 2016 and $607,012 in 2017 HOME funding, totaling $699,589. The funding associated with this award process has a variety of eligible uses.

All funds must be expended in compliance with 24 CFR Part 92 and HUD Guidelines for the Use of HOME program funds.

The Consortium provides funding opportunities for Island, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties (excluding the City of Bellingham). If your agency is interested in seeking HOME funding during the 2017-2018 funding round, please read the attached notice and complete the application included in the NOFA. All interest parties must complete the relevant budget worksheets in the attached HOME Application Budget. All parties interested in applying for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds must also complete the CHDO Certification process. A description of the process and the CHDO application begin on page 11 of the notice.

Information must be submitted in hard copy to Kathy Ferris at 700 S 2nd ST Room 301 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. Please see details included at the beginning of the notice.

Please contact Kathy Ferris at or (360) 415-1526 with any questions.

2018-2022 Consolidated Plan Draft

The Skagit County HOME Consortium seeks comments on its 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan outlines how the Consortium's funding will be directed over the five year period. This comment period is designed to obtain the views of citizens and other interested parties on the housing development needs of the HOME Consortium service area. Paper copies of the plan are available for public review at the Skagit County Public Health office, 700 South Second Street Room 301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Please submit all questions or comments by April 20, 2018 at 4:30pm to Skagit County Public Health, attention Kayla Schott-Bresler, or

Housing: The first step in healing

Measuring Local Homelessness & Our Response

Your Input Helps

Skagit County Public Health is seeking community input regarding the use of local, state, and federal resources to provide solutions to homelessness and affordable housing needs in our community. In addition to the facilitation of key focus groups and community forums, Skagit County Public Health is soliciting responses to the linked survey. Responses to this survey will be utilized to inform the update of Skagit County’s Community Plan to End Homelessness, as well as the writing of the Skagit County Consortium’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan.

Please follow the link below and complete the survey, which is available in both English and Spanish. After you have completed the survey, we encourage you to forward it to your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. For questions regarding this survey, please contact the Housing Division of Skagit County Public Health at (360)416-1500.


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
Island, Skagit, Whatcom