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.


Our major accomplishments in 2016 include:

  • 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


In 2017, we will:

    • Continue to plan and host events to highlight affordable housing issues in Snohomish County. Our Affordable Housing Breakfast Forums have become a centerpiece of our educational efforts in the community. We will again host an affordable housing conference on June 2, 2017.
    • Participate in the 2017 state legislative session and advocate for legislation and resources to support increased affordable housing.
    • Complete the Housing Snohomish County Project which involves creating a 10 year Housing Production Plan, engaging community stakeholders in the implementation of the plan, and actively increasing the community’s understanding of housing need and gain support for pursuing additional, county wide funding sources.
    • Develop opportunities to promote affordable housing incentives and production in the cities in Snohomish County.

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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.
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More than 75% of homeless households\' last address was in Snohomish County.