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


Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA)

An Affordable Housing Breakfast Forum

December 3, 2015


Have you heard of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda? It is “the thing” right now in Seattle when talking about affordable housing. Seattle’s Mayor Murray tasked an advisory group of 28 individuals representing very diverse sectors in Seattle’s housing market to come together and create a plan to increase the supply of housing by 50,000 units in the next ten years…. And 20,000 of those needed to be affordable. Yikes and Hooray!!

Well, they did it. After 10 months of back and forth, give and take, they came up with a set of 65 recommendations to do just that. From the HALA report:

“Our recommendations are not intended to be a fragmented array of 65 ideas; it was in a suite of concepts that the HALA found consensus. …this report presents an integrated fabric of ideas, each of which addresses a specific component of the city’s current housing and livability predicament. Taken together, we believe that the package of concepts offered in this report will increase housing affordability and livability across the spectrum of needs, from homeless housing with operating and service dollars to lower-wage workforce housing to market rate housing.”


Please join us for a panel presentation & discussion on December 3 to hear about the HALA process, outcomes and implementation.



  • Faith Pettis – Co-chair HALA Advisory Committee;
    Partner, Pacifica Law Group
  • Gabe Grant – Member, HALA Advisory Committee;
    Principal, Spectrum Development Solutions
  • Steve Walker – HALA Steering Committee;
    Director, Seattle Office of Housing

The Consortium is very pleased to welcome JP Morgan Chase as our 2015-16 Affordable Housing Breakfast Forum Series sponsor. Thank you, Chase!



Did you know?
The hourly wage needed to afford a 2 bedroom apartment is $18.98, while the minimum wage is Washington State is $8.55.
Did you know?
A family with a median household income can\'t qualify for a mortgage for a median priced home.
Did you know?
In Snohomish County, 224 households may lose their homes this year due to mobile homes park closures.
Did you know?
A minimum wage worker needs to work a minimum of 89 hours per week to afford a two bedroom apartment.
Did you know?
Families with children make up 30% of the homeless in Snohomish County.
Did you know?
On an average night, over 2,300 people are homeless in Snohomish County.

Breakfast Registration

December 3, 2015
7:30am – 9:00am
4th floor Weyerhaeuser Rm
Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave

$20 per person at the door
Cash or Check only

Price includes hot breakfast

Requests for refunds must be made in writing (email is fine) at least five business days prior to the event.


Upcoming Events

March 10, 2016, 7:30-9:00am
Affordable Housing Breakfast

June 3, 2016, 8:00am-2:00pm
Affordable Housing Conference

Want to be part of next year’s conference or have an idea for a conference session? Please contact Consortium staff at 425-339-1015 or


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 2014-15 financial support of the following organizations:

1st Security Bank
Beacon Development
Beneficial State Bank
Campion Foundation
Citi Community Foundation
Everett Housing Authority
Greater Everett Community Foundation
Pacifica Law Group
Shelter Resources, Inc
United Way of Snohomish County
WA Community Reinvestment Association
WA State Housing Finance Commission