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.

Homelessness & Hope

A One-day Affordable Housing Conference

June 5, 2015 


Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s conference, and a special thank you to all of the conference speakers and sponsors! Over 120 people came to hear presentations and learn more about the various programs being utilized to end homelessness in Washington State. We were also honored to have Mayor Ray Stephanson and County Executive John Lovick address the audience in the morning, and have WA State Representatives June Robinson & Strom Peterson give an overview and update on legislative issues.


The afternoon general session was truly inspirational and reminded all of us, “Why We Do What We Do.” Three formerly homeless individuals told their personal stories about their journey and how different organizations in Snohomish County helped them. Their courage, the sheer grit and determination they displayed in putting their lives back together and also their willingness to share their stories publicly (and from a stage, no less!) had the audience honoring them with a standing ovation and many scrambling for tissues. The moderator, Mary Anne Dillon of the YWCA, lifted our spirits even higher with a recitation of all that the Snohomish County affordable housing community had accomplished in the last year, and left us with this wonderful thought from an old African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
It is an honor and a blessing to be part of this Snohomish County community that has already gone so far and is ready to go even farther, together.


I hope to see you all at next year’s conference.


Best regards,


Mark Smith, Executive Director


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


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.

Upcoming Events

September 10, 2015, 7:30-9:00am
Affordable Housing Breakfast Forum
A Candidates Forum
An opportunity to meet candidates for county and local offices, and hear their ideas on issues important to you.

December 3, 2015, 7:30-9:00am
Affordable Housing Breakfast

2015 Conference Presentations

For presentations not appearing below, please contact the presenter directly.
Engaging the Faith Community
Housing First
Quixote Village
Urban Rest Stop
Who are the Homeless

2015 Conference Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Beacon Development
Citi Community Development
Shelter Resources, Inc.

Conference Supporter

WA State Housing Finance Commission