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Director: Jennifer Johnson

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS


Skagit County Rental Assistance Program

The Skagit County Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible Skagit County renters and their landlords. Check eligibility and apply to determine if you qualify and which provider is right for you. For more information about the program, click here.


Skagit County HOME Consortium Action Plan Public Comment

Skagit County, as Lead Agency for the Skagit County HOME Consortium, is undertaking the planning process leading to the submission of the 2022 Annual Action Plan and amendments to the 2020 Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Annual Action Plan describes how the Consortium’s HOME grant will be used to carry out the Consortium’s Strategic Plan to meet local housing needs.

The public comment period for the 2022 Annual Action Plan and amendments to the 2020 Annual Action Plan opens on 8:30 a.m. April 5, 2022 and closes at 4:30 p.m. on May 6, 2022. Copies of the draft 2022 plan will be available at Skagit County Public Health, 700 S. 2nd Street Room 301, Mount Vernon, WA, or may be downloaded here. Written comments may also submitted to George Kosovich, Skagit County Public Health, 700 S. Second Street Room 301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or georgek@co.skagit.wa.us.


Presentation for CDBG-Public Services application to support the Community Action East County Resource Center

Citizenship Participation Handouts: English | Spanish

Community Development Block Grant Public Services (CDBG-PS) funds are intended to support partnerships with Community Action Programs to fund new services, expand existing services, implement innovative service delivery, and target new clients. Since 2012, Skagit County has been utilizing the CDBG-PS funds to cover partial staff salaries for Community Action agency staff at the East County Resource Center in Concrete.

SKAGIT COUNTY HOMELESS CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM

Skagit County seeks applications, no later than 3:00pm on February 12th, 2021, from qualified parties experienced in implementing projects to provide homeless crisis response services.
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Skagit County 2019 Homeless Housing Plan

The vision for the 2019 Homeless Housing Plan is that homelessness in Skagit County is prevented, and in cases when it does occur, that it is a brief, rare and one-time experience. Its purpose is to make clear the action plan of the homeless crisis response system over the next five years and to guide funding decisions on behalf of the County.

The plan was guided by a task force of community members and developed by assessing data collected through surveys, community meetings, focus groups, individual interviews, state specific tools and support from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Technical Assistance Collective (TAC). Objectives for Skagit County’s plan were determined by Commerce’s Local Plan Guidelines. If you would like to provide comments or have questions, email or call Sarah Hinman at sarahh@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1507.


Housing and Homelessness:

Skagit County Public Health partners with local cities and nonprofits to provide humanitarian response, emergency shelters, rental assistance and supportive services with the goal of improving access to housing and reducing homelessness [flyer]




Skagit County HOME Consortium
Videos
Homeless in Skagit County
Housing: The first step in healing

Measuring Local Homelessness & Our Response

Homelessness: FAQ's


Reports:

Skagit County Housing Action Plan

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]