REALTORĀ® Call for Action!

 

Unlock the Door to Affordable Homeownership Campaign:

 

Washington state, including Snohomish County, has been hard-hit by a lack of affordable housing opportunities, which has impacted buyers, sellers & renters. According to the U.S. Census, in 2018, nearly 99,000 households in Snohomish County were cost-burdened—meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs. And that number has only increased since then! Families in all income groups are struggling to find home-ownership opportunities.

  • Young people can’t afford to live in the county they grew up in.
  • Seniors who want to downsize and stay in the community they call home have few options.
  • Low-income families lack access to quality housing.

Everyone benefits from more affordable housing opportunities. Having access to quality, affordable housing is critical for economic stability and future mobility, as well as healthy, thriving communities.

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.

The Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS® has launched a local "Unlock the Door for Affordable Homeownership Snohomish County" campaign to address the housing affordability crisis.

This page will be updated regularly to inform members on how they can get involved and take action:

Visit www.unlockthedoorsnoco.org to sign a petition to let your local elected officials know you support local legislation to increase housing supply which will increase affordable homeownership opportunities in our area.

City of Arlington

You can read Arlington's Planning Commission's Housing Action Plan here.

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 on their Edmonds Citizens' Housing Commission Online Open House website

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. Check out their online open house to provide feedback.

The city has also developed a frequently asked questions and fact sheet regarding affordable housing.

You can visit their website to learn more.

City of Marysville

The city of Marysville is looking at redeveloping their Master Plan for their downtown area. They have an online website where they welcome public engagement for the Marysville Downtown Master Plan update throughout the project. Visit their website to learn more and to provide feedback.

City of Mukilteo

The city of Mukilteo started their Housing Action Plan. Their plan includes identifying and assessing housing needs and market conditions using the most current data sources, reviewing past studies and research on housing, evaluating the success of Mukilteo’s existing adopted housing policies and regulations, gathering information through interviews with community members and stakeholders, and engaging the public early and often throughout the drafting of the plan. The city is allowing public comment to be submitted any time throughout the process via their website. They are set to have several meetings about the plan throughout the spring. Visit their website to learn more.

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2021 Washington REALTORS' Legislative Priorities:

www.myneighborwa.com

Make Housing Available and Affordable

It’s time for the residents of Washington across the state to come together and address the numerous obstacles associated with buying and owning a home. For most Washingtonians, homeownership is out of reach because of sky-high prices and low inventory. Whether you live in a rural area or a busy metro neighborhood, opportunities for homeownership simply don’t meet the need.

Practical, proven policies are available now to address this issue. As a state, we simply need to come together and make it happen.

This involves:

  • Greater emphasis on planning for the housing we need

  • Ensuring urban densities for housing are provided near transit

  • Providing long-term funding for long-term planning

Learn more about priority legislation, bills, localized housing data, & how to submit your feedback or questions at

www.myneighborwa.com.

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