There is a housing affordability crisis in Washington impacting buyers, sellers, and renters. Growing pressure and demand for housing leads to skyrocketing prices and low housing supply. Families in all income groups are struggling to find home-ownership opportunities. This impacts every part of the housing and rental markets in Washington.
According to the University of Washington's Center for Real Estate Research, first-time buyers in Snohomish County face home prices that are nearly double what they can afford.
We need to work with our state and local elected officials to solve this growing crisis in our communities, which includes educating lawmakers about real world impacts on all Washingtonians.
SCCAR has launched a local "Unlock the Door for Affordable Homeownership" campaign to address the housing affordability crisis. This page will be updated to inform members on how they can get involved and take action:
City of Edmonds
The Housing Commission for the City of Edmonds has launched an online open house and survey to receive community feedback about housing policy concepts from zoning to building design. The open house features videos which highlight ideas for housing policy topics. You can access their open house & survey on their Edmonds Citizens' Housing Commission Online Open House website.
The City of Edmonds is hosting another online open house & survey. Please click here to complete survey. Survey must be submitted by October 16th.
City of Everett
The City of Everett is in the midst of their "Rethink Zoning" project. Rethink Zoning is a multi-year initiative to update and simplify the City's zoning code. This includes their housing code, for things such as single-family zones & multifamily residential zones. You can read more about Rethink Zoning in Everett on their website.
City of Lynnwood
The City of Lynnwood is creating a Housing Action Plan to make sure that a variety of housing is available and affordable for people of all incomes in Lynnwood. Your input will help the City to develop a Plan based on first-hand input from the community it will serve. Lynnwood Residents, you’re invited to join the City of Lynnwood's Online Open House on August 25th from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday, August 26th from 3pm to 5pm to provide input as they prepare a Housing Action Plan. Can’t make the live events? Check out their online open house to provide feedback.