The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and The Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS)
Strengthening Community Today, Our Commitment to Tomorrow…
- Public Hearings on Community Needs and Program Performance
Two public hearings will be held on December 12 and 13. All interested persons are invited to attend. Provide input on community needs for affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, and services for 2014 CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds. Hear about last year’s program performance and provide feedback. Persons unable to attend may submit written comments. For additional information, please view the Public Hearing Notice. Help us spread the word about the hearings with these flyers: Flyer in English Flyer in Spanish
Proposed Substantial Amendment to Action Plans
One substantial amendment to the Snohomish County Consortium’s 2012 and 2013 Annual Action Plans is available for public review and comment through 4 p.m. on November 8, 2013. The amendment would increase the HOME funding for the HASCO Glenwood Apartments project in Lake Stevens. For additional information and to view the proposed amendment, please visit the Plan Amendments web page.
Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) - Eligible non-profit organizations, for-profit developers, and government agencies are invited to apply for competitive funding for eligible projects and programs. Applications will be accepted for the following categories:
The Snohomish County Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS) is soliciting applications for the 2013 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program funding round. In Snohomish County, CoC Program funds are currently used to support formerly homeless individuals and families with various Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing projects as well as Supportive Service Only projects. In addition to these allowable project components, funding may also be used to provide Rapid Rehousing, and to a limited degree, Homelessness Prevention. The OCHS anticipates that it is unlikely that new Continuum of Care funds will be available and that funding reductions are likely, given the effects of Federal sequestration and information contained in the 2013 CoC Registration Notice. Please refer to the CoC Program application webpage for more information.
- Draft 2012 Performance Evaluation Report
The Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review and comment from September 9, 2013, through September 24, 2013. The CAPER reports on 2012 program year performance for HUD housing and community development programs (CDBG, HOME, ESG). The 2012 program year ended June 30, 2013. For additional information and to view the draft report, please go to the Draft CAPER page.
- 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).
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 Housing and Community Services Division (HCS) of the Snohomish County Human Services Department. 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)
Continuum of Care (formerly SHP/SPC)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG)
Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF)
Ending Homelessness Program (EHP)
In 2006, in partnership with the community's Homeless Policy Task Force (HPTF) and Continuum of Care, OHCD/OCHS led the development of Everyone at Home NOW, the County's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, 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.
5-year Consolidated Plan
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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