The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and The Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS)
Strengthening Community Today, Our Commitment to Tomorrow…
- 2013 HOME Limits
HUD has published the 2013 HOME Limits (for income and rent) effective June 1, 2013. Please note that the HOME income and rent limits may be lower than the 2013 Low-Income Tax Credit Program income and rent limits. For projects receiving both HOME and tax credit funds, the most restrictive limits apply. View the 2013 HOME Limits in PDF (49 kb).
Draft 2013 Annual Action Plan
Snohomish County is seeking public review and comment on the Draft 2013 Annual Action Plan from March 29,2013, through April 29, 2013. All interested persons and organizations are encouraged to comment. Written comments may be submitted through 4 p.m. on April 29, 2013. Two public hearings will also be held on April 25, 2013. For additional information and to view this document, please visit the Consolidated Plan Draft Plans page. Help us spread the word: print and post a flier announcing the draft action plan in English (204 kb) or Spanish (203 kb).
If you need housing or other assistance, please contact one of the following resources:
*Note: clicking the links below will open a new window and re-direct you away from the County's website to an external site.
Washington Connection: web-based portal providing information and referral to county, state, and federal programs; eligibility and/or application can be completed online for some programs
Homeless Veterans: a web page listing referral information for services available to Snohomish County veterans, their families and/or the community at large. Also, consult the Network of Care website that brings together multiple services in a one-stop-shopping format for service members, veterans, and their families.
An Overview of What We Do...
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and the Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS) operate within the Human Services Department of Snohomish County. We contract with a wide range of agencies that provide direct services to Snohomish County citizens in need of housing-related services. We are primarily responsible for administering, monitoring and supporting the following federal, state and local fund sources which total approximately $25 million annually:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Community Development Block Grant - Recovery Act (CDBG-R)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Supportive Housing Program (SHP)
Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG)
Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF)
Ending Homelessness Program (EHP)
In partnership with the community's Homeless Policy Task Force (HPTF) and Continuum of Care, OHCD/OCHS led the development, in 2006, of the County's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, Everyone at Home NOW, and now manages the implementation of the plan. OCHS also manages the County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and the community Point in Time (PIT) count of homeless persons conducted each January. The PIT Reports below summarize the results of those efforts to identify and better understand the causes of homelessness in Snohomish County.
In 2006, OHCD/OCHS convened a stakeholder workgroup with representatives from the public housing authorities, non-profit housing developers, public and private funders, lenders and social service providers to create the Affordable Housing Production Plan (AHPP). The AHPP contains targets for the production and preservation of affordable housing units between 2007-2017.
Snohomish County HMIS
Snohomish County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is designed for agencies that provide housing and needed services to those that are homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Counties or Continuum’s of Care are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and by the Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act (RCW 43.185C) to operate an HMIS and meet all related requirements.
Programs targeted for HMIS participation include outreach services, supportive services for homeless persons, homelessness prevention and intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Beyond meeting HUD requirements, it is our goal that HMIS assist agencies to record and track client service data and generate reports, provide information helpful to funders, planners and policy makers, and increase the coordination among provider agencies.
For more information, go to the HMIS page.
Application Overview (updated 10/21/2011)
OHCD/OCHS has annual applications available for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Facilities and Infrastructure (PF & I) projects each fall. The federal CDBG Public Services (PS) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) applications are available every two years, during the fall. Agencies who have received local Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Operating and Maintenance Funds (O & M) for 2011 will only need to submit an annual renewal application each year in the fall, for program year 2012. New applications for AHTF O&M funds will be accepted annually for program year 2012. The federal Supportive Housing Program (SHP) applications are available each spring/summer and are determined through a collaborative process with the Homeless Policy Task Force (HPTF). Emergency Shelter Housing Program (ESHP) and Transitional Housing Operating and Rent (THOR) funds are also awarded through a community process with the HPTF in a biannual process, in accordance with the state's timeline. Local Ending Homelessness Program (EHP) fund applications are available each spring.
Revised Funding Schedule for Housing Projects
For the 2012 funding cycle, applications for the federal CDBG Housing, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), as well as the local AHTF Capital and O&M funds, will be made available by a Notice of Available Funding (NOFA) effective 10/24/2011. Applications for Homeownership Rehabilitation projects are available every two years. The 2012 Policy Advisory Board funding recommendations for housing projects will be submitted to the County Council in May 2012, along with the CDBG PF&I, CDBG PS, and AHTF O&M projects.
When funds are available, applications will be posted to the web page for the respective program(s), and the program name above will be an active link.
The 2010-2014 Snohomish County Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan (Consolidated Plan) identifies specific strategies and objectives to guide the use of CDBG, HOME and ESG funds over a five-year period in order to meet the local affordable housing and community development needs of the Snohomish County Urban County Consortium (Consortium).
Annual Action Plan
The County, as the lead agency of the Consortium, updates the Consolidated Plan each year with an Annual Action Plan (Action Plan). The Action Plan sets forth a spending plan for CDBG, HOME and ESG funds expected to be received in the upcoming program year and demonstrates how the funding decisions will help meet the five-year strategies and objectives in the Consolidated Plan.
At the end of each program year, the County, as the lead agency of the Consortium, prepares an end-of-year report called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This report assesses the County's annual progress toward meeting the five-year strategies and objectives in the Consolidated Plan.
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