The Housing Affordability & Community Services Council members are currently drafting the Human Services Strategic Plan that will serve as a guide for establishing and sustaining human services policies and funding decisions by the City of Anacortes. Please feel free to review and provide any input on the direction of this important guiding document.
The HACS Committee meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Access the agendas here for meeting information or contact Joann Stewart.
The goal of the Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee is to develop strategic plans to improve housing affordability, human services, and make recommendations on budget and CDBG (community development block grant) allocations for social services.
On April 21, 2016, the Housing Affordability & Community Services Committee hosted a symposium of community leaders to discuss affordable housing and the gap in services to the low income population of Anacortes.
The Symposium produced a great amount of information on the services that are available and identified many of the gaps and inefficiencies to access services. The Committee is working on an outline as guidance for establishing services and removing barriers that prevent families and individuals from moving out of low income and homeless situations. The outcome of this work will create a strategic plan to help end the problems afflicting too many within our community. We will keep you posted as the work progresses.
2019 Skagit County Housing Summit
On October 15, 2019, Skagit County hosted a summit to discuss the issues of affordable housing and the homelessness crisis affecting our community. The conversations included efforts to provide services and affordable housing within the community and how we can all help to eliminate the problems facing too many. Watch the video in the following link to see what the efforts have been and see how you can help the conversation grow and achieve results. 2019 Housing Summit
Notes & Information
As the committees work toward the development of the strategic plans, notes and information will be posted.
Check out some interesting articles regarding affordable housing:
- Inclusionary Zoning: One Approach to Create Affordable Housing
- The Missing Middle affordable housing solution