The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County advocates for resources to help every member of our community have a safe and affordable home.
HCESC 2023 State Legislative Agenda
Housing Trust Fund
$400 million investment in the Housing Trust Fund from the capital budget to build safe, healthy and affordable homes for our most vulnerable citizens.
Pre-Covid, more than 30,000 SnoCo households were already paying more than 50% of their income for housing putting them at risk of homelessness. The virus has only made this worse.
Safe, healthy, affordable housing is the foundation upon which people build better lives and communities prosper.
HB 1110 / SB 5190 Better Land Use for Housing
Allow greater flexibility and variety of housing types including duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes on lots zoned for detached single-family residential use.
HB 1111 – Housing Benefit Districts
Enable cities to establish housing benefit districts (HBD) for acquisition and disposition of land for affordable homes within 0.5 miles of light rail and bus rapid transit.
The bill would create a competitive grant program for cities to apply to.
Eligible uses of the funds are land acquisition, infrastructure development, and equitable station area planning.
At least 34% of the acquired land must be transferred at a discounted rate for affordable housing, some sold for workforce housing, and no more than 33% sold for market housing at full market price (with all proceeds used to purchase more land for affordable housing).
HB 1628 Affordable Homes Act
Create a new 4% real estate excise tax (REET) on the portion of property sales price above $5 million. The revenues will be dedicated to the Housing Trust Fund, Apple Health and Homes account, a developmental disabilities trust account, and operations, maintenance and services for permanent supportive housing.
Create a new local option REET. Allows cities and counties to impose a 0.25% excise tax on property sales. The revenues will be dedicated to building, acquiring, maintaining, and providing services for affordable housing, both rental and homeownership.
SHB 1326 Connection Fee Waiver
Authorizes municipal utilities to establish a program to waive connection charges for properties owned or developed by, or on the behalf of, a nonprofit organization, public development authority, housing authority, or local agency that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, or affordable housing.
Requires that any waived connection charges be funded through general funds, grant dollars, or another identified revenue stream.
In Washington State
We work with State Legislators and affordable housing advocates to promote legislation that will support the development, operation and preservation of affordable housing in Washington.
We work in cooperation with partner organizations around the state such as the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the Housing Development Consortium , the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, the Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium and the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless to support legislation for affordable housing.
In the Nation
We monitor Federal housing legislation and support adequate funding for HUD programs, including the Section 8 voucher program. More on federal issues can be found at the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.