Public input sought on affordable housing and community development needs

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Snohomish County invites all interested persons to provide input on local community needs for affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services, and economic development projects to be funded with 2024 federal grant funds and to provide input on 2022 grant performance, according to a news release.

Snohomish County, in consortium with 18 cities and towns within the County, receives approximately $5 million in federal funds each year under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

The grant funds help support local affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services, and economic development projects that benefit low-to-moderate income persons and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.

The use of these grant funds is guided by a five-year 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which establishes goals based on community needs. Each year, Snohomish County, as lead agency of the consortium, is required to develop an Action Plan for use of these funds. The 2024 Action Plan will cover the period between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.

Two Virtual Public Hearings are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, the first at 9 a.m. and the second at 5 p.m.

For more information and to participate in the public hearings, visit

Snohomish County will also accept written comments. Comments may be sent to Debra May at or by mail at Snohomish County Human Services Department – OHCD, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 305, Everett, WA 98201.

For more information, to request a reasonable accommodation, or to request a foreign language interpreter, contact Debra May, Human Services Department at 425-388-3264 or

  1. Some of the affordable housing that is available; isn’t really affordable compared to the economy that we are living in. With the income based apartment complex’s that exist, you still need to be making at least $3,500 to $4,000 to pay your rent & utilities, then your supposed to feed & clothe your family, buy household necessities, pay for gas & auto INS to go back & forth to work.
    I honestly do not understand how anyone survives in today’s world.
    I am a 58 year old disabled woman who will lose my SSI and spend the rest of my life working because I cannot live on $1,028 a month, even with section-8 housing my rent is $300 out of the $1,000, then the electricity, household needs & groceries, it is putting a financial burden on many lives. So I will work with my pain to survive & lose my benefits.

  2. I agree, Angela, “affordable housing” is a relative term. We need more low income housing that really helps those who need it. The City needs to use some of that grant money to actual create more housing opportunities rather than waste money on more feasibility studies that go nowhere. In my opinion, the Burlington property is the perfect place for low income housing — access to public transportation and grocery stores, along with easy freeway access. We need to do much better for our underserved neighbors.

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