Snohomish County News

Posted on: March 16, 2017

Public Comment Welcome on Draft Housing and Community Development Plan

Contact:  Debra May
                 Planning and Relocation Specialist
                 Debra.May@snoco.org
                 425-388-3264

Public Comment Welcome on Draft Housing and Community Development Plan

 

Comments on proposed use of $4.7 million in federal funds for affordable housing and community development projects will be accepted through Tuesday, April 14, 2017

EVERETT, Wash. March 16, 2017 – Snohomish County has recently released a draft affordable housing and community development plan for the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium that proposes spending of more than $4.7 million in federal grant funds to improve housing options and living environments for those in need.

The draft plan is available for review and comment through April 14. A public hearing will be held on April 11.

The plan includes spending $4.7 million in federal grant funds, including $2,320,939 for affordable housing; $1,018,900 for public facility and infrastructure improvements; $654,961 for service programs; and $745,691 for grant planning and administration.

The activities will primarily benefit low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods in our community. The proposed projects will help the County and Consortium reach goals to maintain and expand affordable housing options for all individuals and families in our community. The projects will also enhance quality of life for residents through water and sewer system improvements, improvements to a neighborhood park, construction of two public facilities to assist homeless persons, construction of affordable housing, and various services for homeless persons, seniors, victims of domestic violence, and persons with disabilities.

Funding recommendations for projects were made by a Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Advisory Board that provided input on use of these funds. Projects selected for funding are sponsored by cities, nonprofits, and public agencies.

The draft action plan is a required 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 Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

To read an online copy of the plan, go to https://snohomishcountywa.gov/2892.

Paper copies of the plan are also available at the downtown Everett Public Library, at the Snohomish County branches of the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, at local city and town halls, and at the Snohomish County 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. on April 14, 2017. Send comments to Debra May at Debra.May@snoco.org or at the Snohomish County Human Services Department listed above.

A public hearing on the draft plan will also be held on the Snohomish County campus in Everett on Tuesday, April 11 at 12 p.m. The hearing 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. For questions about accessibility or to request a reasonable accommodation such as large print or sign language interpreter, or to request a language interpreter for the hearings, please contact Debra May in the Snohomish County Human Services Department at Debra.May@snoco.org or at 425-388-3264 or at 711 for TTY users.

 The Snohomish County Human Services Department helps all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential by providing timely, effective human services and building community. The Housing &Community Services Division administers a wide range of programs that provide affordable housing, community development, and related services to low-income and homeless persons.

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