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Housing Consortium of Everett & Snohomish County

Working Towards a Better Future


The Mission of the Consortium is to provide strategic leadership in crafting program and policy solutions to affordable housing challenges in Snohomish County.

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What We Do

The Consortium is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Snohomish County available to our lowest income and at-risk residents. We work on state and local housing policy and revenue sources as well as communicating regularly with our elected officials at all levels of government. Our Affordable Housing events focus on educating a wide array of stakeholders including the general public on the challenges to creating more housing and the strategies and actions needed to address those challenges.

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The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County (HCESC) emerged from the Housing Stakeholders group, which was formed in the late 1990s by the Healthy Communities Initiative. Incorporated in 2002, HCESC is a collaborative partnership between nonprofit housing developers and service providers with local business, government, and for-profit organizations focusing on issues and needs for affordable housing in Snohomish County and throughout the State of Washington.

Highlights 2019

  • Successful Affordable Housing Breakfast Forums that featured an Issues Forum on Sound Transit 3; Greg Winter, Executive Director of the Opportunity Council serving Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties; and DeAnn Poling from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

  • An affordable housing conference that attracted close to 150 people to network with each other learn about strategies for increasing affordable housing in the cities and towns of Snohomish County.

  • Received grants from 6 different partners to hire a Project Coordinator to develop the Housing Snohomish County Project.

  • Over 100 touches with WA State legislators representing Snohomish County on our top legislative priorities: a) Investment in the Housing Trust Fund; b) Passage of HB 2811/SB 6413, Fairness in Eviction Reporting Act; c) Protecting the Housing & Essential Needs and Aged, Blind & Disabled programs from funding cuts; d) Authorizing the State to enter into an agreement with the Federal Government for the 1115 Medicaid Waiver which will include funding for permanent supportive housing services

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“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”

Matthew Desmond

Contact Us

Use this form to contact us about joining the Consortium, advocacy opportunities or affordable housing data in Snohomish County.

Please note that the Consortium does not provide housing services. 

PO Box 1326 Everett, WA


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