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County Seeks Feedback on Affordable Housing Business Plan

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August 18, 2022, Snomish County, Washington—Today, the Snohomish County Department of Human Services announced that a draft business plan to fund affordable housing, behavioral health facilities, and related services is available for public comment. Plans can be found here.

According to the plan, “These investments will create 100 emergency bridges and permanent support housing and 300 affordable housing units in the first five years to meet these critical needs in Snohomish County. It will have a huge impact on our collective ability to cope for years to come.”

If you are interested in providing feedback, please complete this survey and send it to Community members can also send general comments not related to the survey to her Comments must be submitted by September 15, 2022 to be considered in the final draft..

Earlier this year, Somers executives and the Snohomish County Legislature proposed a 0.1% excise tax ($0.01 on a $10 purchase) to be levied on affordable housing and behavioral health facilities, associated operating and maintenance costs, and An ordinance was passed to allow it to be used for services. Allowed under House Bill 1590. Human Services is seeking feedback from residents and her members of the community with the goal of preparing a final draft for consideration by the Snohomish County Council later in the fall.

“As we approve this new funding source, we will work with our community, city and tribal partners to ensure that these funds are used fairly and equitably to meet the needs of residents across the county. made clear.” Snohomish County Executive Dave Sommers said:“No one can deny that a housing affordability crisis exists, and no one can oppose the need to take bold action. We invite the public to provide their input and help shape this initiative.”

A copy of the 1590 business plan is available here. Interested residents can also review the 2022 tally summary, which provides additional information about homelessness in Snohomish County.

In addition to written feedback from the public, Human Services conducts seven outreach and engagement sessions with key partners, including the Housing Affordability Regional Taskforce (HART). Human Services also reviews and incorporates feedback on housing and behavioral health services provided during the Office of Recovery & Resilience (ORR) pandemic recovery efforts.

Information about the feedback process is also available in the “Public Meetings” section of the Human Services Department website: Community members may ask questions about the plan and/or process. You can email it to

The Snohomish County Human Services Department provides timely and effective human services and builds communities to help all people meet their basic needs and develop their potential.

Content source: Snohomish County Government Press Release