Affordable housing is an issue that is hitting our region particularly hard. With one of the hottest housing markets in the country, the Puget Sound region is growing increasingly unaffordable for some residents, and homeownership is becoming less attainable for the middle class.
I believe that a coordinated response to this challenge is our best step forward. Cities, tribes, and the county, together with other governments, private sector firms and non-profit agencies, need to determine what we are each willing and able to do and then act accordingly. To identify solutions, I am establishing the Snohomish County Housing Affordability Regional Task Force (HART).
HART will consist of a team of City, Tribal, and county officials, supported by other community leaders. The focus of our work will be on middle-income and affordable housing, subsidized housing, alternative housing models, and land use and redevelopment.