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

Housing Snohomish County Project Update


June 1, 2018 Affordable Housing Conference

Keynote Speaker: John Graham

The Consortium is pleased to announce John Graham as our 2018 conference keynote speaker! An adventurer, a world traveler, a Foreign Service Officer, a stint at the United Nations – John Graham has lived a life not only of excitement, but also of service. Since 1983 Graham has been a leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project, an international organization moving people to stick their necks out for the common good. How he moved from wars and revolutions to a life of service is a compelling and inspiring story.
A familiar keynote speaker, Graham has done TV and radio, and is the author of Outdoor Leadership and Stick Your Neck Out—A Street-smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond. His memoir is On The Edge. He has degrees from both Harvard and Stanford, neither of which he ever expects to use.

Conference Schedule

8:00 – Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – Welcome by Mayor of Everett Cassie Franklin

    • Morning General Session: The Housing Snohomish County Project Report is hot off the press and hard copies will be available. Housing Consortium staff will present on next steps to implement the report’s recommendations and the impact they will have on affordable housing production in Snohomish County.

9:25/10:30/11:30 – Breakout Sessions (with breaks!)

    • Affordable Housing 101
    • Self Sufficiency Standard – Lisa Manzer, Senior Research Coordinator, Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington School of Social Work
    • Breaking the Cycle of Poverty – Allison Warren-Barbour, Executive Director; Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact & Investments, United Way of Snohomish County
    • State Legislative Update – Senator Marko Liias, 21st LD and Representative June Robinson, 32nd LD
    • Resident Action Program – Nick Wood, Community Organizer, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Divya Shiv, Voter Engagement Organizer, Housing Alliance Action Fund; Mindy Woods, Resident Action Program Advocate
    • Housing Snohomish County Recommendations: A Deeper Dive
    • And more…

12:30 – Lunch General Session – Presentation of the Stephen “Bud” Alkire award; Keynote Presentation
2:00 – Conference Ends


Thank you to our sponsors! 

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Did you know?
The hourly wage needed to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment in Snohomish County in 2017 was $26.83.
Did you know?
Two parents working full-time for minimum wage would still not be able to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment.
Did you know?
From 2013-2016, rents in Snohomish County increased 28%. Over the same time period, median wages decreased 2.9%.
Did you know?
More than 1 in 7 Snohomish County households spend at least half their income on housing costs.
Did you know?
As of 2016, 3,688 kids in Snohomish County didn\'t have a permanent place to call home.
Did you know?
More than 75% of homeless households\' last address was in Snohomish County.

2018 Conference

Registration is Closed: See You Next Year on June 7, 2019


Please note: Pre-registration is required for the conference. Any request for a refund must be received in writing 5 days prior to the event.


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Save the Dates!


September 6, 2018
Affordable Housing Breakfast


December 6, 2018
Affordable Housing Breakfast


Thank You

The Consortium is grateful for its member organizations who regularly contribute their time, money and knowledge to our work. Independent of membership, the Consortium is also grateful for the financial support of the following organizations:

1st Security Bank
Banner Bank
Beacon Development
Citi Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Snohomish County
EverTrust Foundation
Everett Housing Authority
JP Morgan Chase
Shelter Resources, Inc
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Tulalip Cares
Union Bank Foundation
United Way of Snohomish County
WA Community Reinvestment Association
WA State Housing Finance Commission