Snohomish County to spend $5M on housing options

Public comment welcome on housing/development plan
Apr 14, 2013

Snohomish County has recently released an affordable-housing plan that proposes spending nearly $5 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options for those in need.

The draft action plan, which will be used by the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium, is available for review and comment through April 29. Public hearings will be held April 25.

The plan includes spending more than $4.8 million in federal grant funds for affordable housing and community development in Snohomish County.

The spending plan includes estimated awards of $2.4 million for affordable housing, $1.2 million for public facility and infrastructure improvements, $600,000 for service programs, and $670,000 for grant planning and administration.

“The steps proposed in this housing plan will primarily benefit low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods in our community,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “These projects will help us reach our goals of finding housing for all individuals and families and keeping them there.”

Funding recommendations for projects were made by a Technical Advisory Committee and follow policies created by the Housing and Community Development Policy Advisory Board.

Projects selected for funding are sponsored by cities, towns, nonprofits and public agencies.

The draft action plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for receipt of grant funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) programs.

To read an online copy of the report, go to http://bit.ly/14RrvQz.

Paper copies of the report also are available at the Everett Public Library and Snohomish County branches of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, at local city and town halls, and at Snohomish County’s Office of Housing and Community Development, located on the Fourth Floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

Written comments are welcome and will be accepted until 4 p.m. April 29. Send comments to Sue Tracy at sue.tracy@snoco.org or at the Snohomish County Human Services Department address listed above.

Two public hearings on the draft plan will be held April 25 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Snohomish County campus. The hearings will take place in Public Meeting Room 2, located on the first floor of the Snohomish County Robert J. Drewel Building.

The hearing facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

To request a reasonable accommodation such as large print or a sign-language interpreter, or to request a language interpreter for the hearings, please contact Sue Tracy at sue.tracy@snoco.org or at 425-388-3269 or at 711 for TTY users.

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