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

Affordable Housing Conference

June 7, 2019  8:00am-2:00pm 

Join 120+ industry experts, elected officials and interested stakeholders at Snohomish County’s only conference dedicated to affordable housing. There will be ample opportunity to learn about trends, issues and opportunities as well as engage in robust discussion with speakers and attendees.

8:00 – Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mayor Cassie Franklin

8:45 – Morning General Session

Crystal Nelson will share her journey from homelessness and addiction to being named one of this year’s Husky 100. Crystal graduated from the UW Bothell and will be starting law school at Seattle University in the fall.

9:25 – Breakout Sessions

Net-Zero Multi-Family Housing

This session will include project case studies highlighting the two project’s in Everett that received the Ultra High Energy Efficiency funding by the Department of Commerce.

Environmental Works’ Christina Congdon and Bill Singer will present on Clare’s Place, a nearly-completed permanent supportive housing project.  A project of the City of Everett and Catholic Housing Services/Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.  Bobby Thompson from Housing Hope will present Housing Hope‘s HopeWorks Station II.

An Ounce of Prevention against Homelessness: How Interest-based Conversations Can Improve Client Outcomes

As neutrals in the community, the Dispute Resolution Center occupies a unique space when it comes to social services. Through education, empowerment and facilitating interest-based conversations between landlords and tenants we are actively working to reduce homelessness and discrimination. Come learn how we’re supporting the advocates in our community to improve client outcomes.

James Rankin, Fair Housing Counselor & Trainer, Volunteers of America Western Washington

Sue McCarthy, Housing Conflict Resolution Specialist, Volunteers of America Western Washington

Tools for Building Community Acceptance of Supportive Housing

Over the years, BC Housing has developed a series of best practices for building community support and presenting the value that affordable housing brings to communities. Rebecca Siggner and Malcolm McNaughton from British Columbia Housing will present

2019 Washington State Legislative Session Review

Representative June Robinson, 38th LD. From her position as 1st Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep Robinson was a key member of the team that negotiated the 2019-21 budget that will go into effect on July 1. That budget included housing highlights of $175M for the Housing Trust Fund, HB 1406, a new source of funding for affordable housing, an increase in funding for HEN and many other measures that made this year a banner year for affordable housing.

Beyond Snohomish County

An Overview of what is happening at the Federal Level

Joseph Lindstrom, National Low Income Housing Alliance

Housing Everett

This session will focus on the City of Everett’s planning efforts for affordable housing through the Housing Everett housing strategy process including coordination with the recent adoption of the city center Metro Plan and the arrival of light rail and Transit-Oriented Development opportunities.  The community group, Everett Station District Alliance will share their vision for the area and efforts to collaborate with Housing Everett process.

David Stalheim, Long Range Planner, City of Everett

Becky McRary, Housing and Community Development Program Manager

Brock Howell, Executive Director, Everett Station Alliance

Homelessness in Snohomish County

An overview of the extent, causes and response to homelessness in Snohomish County.  This session outlines the prevalence of homelessness in the context of state and national trends, explores macroeconomic factors related to homelessness and outlines changes in homeless housing resources over the last several years.

Jesse Jorstad, Lead Data & Program Analyst, Housing & Community Services, Snohomish County Human Services Department

Housing and Healthcare 

Our presentation will focus on the connection between housing and health, the barriers we struggle to manage due to inadequate housing for patients, social determinants of health, and the impact of housing on health outcomes.  We will touch on some of the creative solutions we are working on with community partners as well as interactively brainstorm solutions as a group.

Katherine McFarland, Director of Care Management, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Laura Knapp, Director of Care Management and Behavioral Health at Providence Medical Group

Afternoon General Session

Rachael Myers, Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Coalition

Since 2008, Rachael Myers has served as Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

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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.



Affordable Housing Conference
Date: June 7, 2019
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm
Place: Edward Hansen Conference Center, Angel of the Winds Arena at Everett
Registration is now closed

Save the Dates!


September 5, 2019
Affordable Housing Breakfast


December 12, 2019
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