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Op-Ed: Why are people leaving California and could it happen here in Washington?


Demographia has just published a study, authored by Wendell Cox, that compares the affordability of housing in the international marketplace. The conclusions show that while Washington State isn’t the most expensive, it is on its way to the top spot. What’s sad is it’s all avoidable with some simple changes to state policy. Currently Seattle […]

Snohomish County unsheltered count decreased from 2023 by 9.6 percent

Snohomish County unsheltered

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 20, 2024 —Snohomish County Human Services has released the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) unsheltered count, designed to provide a snapshot of households experiencing homelessness on a single night. This survey was supported by the efforts of 274 volunteers, County personnel, and partnering agency staff. The 2024 count identified 1,161 people in 945 households […]

Council heard from parties of proposed Garden Senior Village construction

Garden Senior Village

LYNNWOOD—Lynnwood City Council updated its Council Rules relating to remote public comments, approved the 2024 Finance Committee meeting schedule, unanimously agreed to $45,000 in incentives for camp counselor and lifeguard positions, and held a public hearing on a proposed development agreement with Garden Senior Village at its Business Meeting on February 12. Public Hearing: Garden […]

County passes $135 million Housing & Behavioral Health Capital Fund

Capital Fund

EVERETT, Wash., December 14, 2023—The Snohomish County Council unanimously approved on December 14 the Housing and Behavioral Health Capital Fund, an investment plan to preserve and build affordable housing and behavioral health facilities. The Capital Fund will earmark a substantial investment of approximately $114 million over five years and create 550 new affordable housing and […]

Snohomish County prepares for annual Point-in-Time homeless count


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., December 12, 2023—The Snohomish County Department of Human Services, in collaboration with community and human service providers, is gearing up for the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. This annual initiative remains a cornerstone in Snohomish County’s commitment to understanding and addressing homelessness within the community. “Every year […]

County seeks volunteers to serve on Technical Advisory Committee for Affordable Housing and Community Development

Affordable Housing

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., November 16, 2023—Snohomish County is recruiting residents to serve on a Technical Advisory Committee to review applications for projects that benefit low-income individuals and neighborhoods in our community through affordable housing and community development programs. Representatives from the following groups are needed: Low-income is defined as follows: These volunteer positions offer residents […]

Applicants sought for $1.1 million to develop affordable multi-unit rental housing projects

affordable housing projects

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., October 16, 2023 — Snohomish County is announcing that a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is posted, and nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers, and government agencies are encouraged to submit applications to develop affordable multi-unit rental housing projects. An estimated $1.1 million in federal funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is […]

Housing Hope celebrates Groundbreaking for new Madrona Highlands in Edmonds

Madrona Highlands

EDMONDS, Wash., May 24, 2023—Well over one hundred residents attended Housing Hope’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new 52-unit affordable housing community, Madrona Highlands, on Tuesday, May 23, in South Edmonds. The $30 million dollar project will be the first of its kind for Housing Hope by working with churches owning “excessive land,” in south Snohomish […]

Volunteers of Lynnwood’s Hygiene Center clean up Gold Park

lynnwood Hygiene Center

LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 19, 2023—The Lynnwood Hygiene Center closed early on Thursday, May 18, to allow staff member Amberlee Bell, and nine other volunteers the opportunity to clean up neighboring Gold Park. From 4 p.m. until about 4:45 p.m. the crew collected four large bags of trash before reconvening at the Hygiene Center for a […]

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