City: Stanwood can join affordable housing committee | City brief
Mukilteo is OK with Stanwood joining an interjurisdictional committee that helps meet affordable housing needs within Snohomish County.
Stanwood has asked to join Alliance of Housing Affordability to become the 15th member.
Eleven cities, Snohomish County and the Housing Authority of Snohomish County formed the committee to lead a cooperative effort to develop more low-income housing near jobs, transit and services throughout the county.
The cities of Mukilteo, Everett, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, Snohomish, Mill Creek and Granite Falls joined the committee in 2013. Arlington asked to join and was added to the committee July 1.
As with Arlington, in order to add Stanwood to the Alliance of Housing Affordability, all jurisdictions must sign an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) allowing it.
Mukilteo City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign an ILA to allow Stanwood to join the alliance.
If all members sign, Stanwood would join the committee effective Aug. 1.
The alliance is now working on a third agreement to allow admittance of new members without having to sign an ILA each time. That will also need to be approved by the council.
The jurisdictions have agreed to fund the committee for two years. It costs Mukilteo about $1,200 per year. The addition of Arlington, and perhaps Stanwood, does not affect this contribution.
The committee, with the help of a housing expert, provides a venue for interjurisdictional cooperation and outreach to meet housing needs in the county.