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HASCO Releases the Sound Families Project-Based Voucher Program Evaluation Report

In 2011, after 10 years of the Sound Families Initiative partnership,HASCO partnered with Building Changes to complete the Project-Based Voucher Program Evaluation (August 2012), which was released to partners in December 2013. The Program represents all of HASCO’s service-enriched project-based voucher units for homeless families in Snohomish County. The evaluation has given HASCO better insight into the challenges of serving a high needs population with a moderate need service model. HASCO thanks Building Changes for conducting the evaluation and looks forward to incorporating the results into the community’s larger discussion about how we can best serve each unique segment of our homeless population.

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HASCO Properties with Rent Assistance Going Smoke-Free Next Year

The benefits of smoke-free housing for residents and landlords are well-documented.  Smoke-free apartments provide improved air quality to residents and reduce fire risk and maintenance costs.  Beginning January 1, 2014, all of HASCO’s Rural Development properties will be 100% smoke-free, as part of HASCO’s move to phase in smoke-free policies at all of its properties with rent assistance.  HASCO is planning to implement a smoke-free policy at its public housing properties on July 1, 2014.  As of that date, all of HASCO’s properties with rent assistance will be smoke-free.  

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CAMP FIRE GROUPS FROM HOUSING AUTHORITY PROPERTIES COLLECT HOLIDAY FOOD BANK DONATIONS

Camp Fire kids from clubs that meet at two HASCO properties in Marysville, Westwood Crossing and Cedar Grove, held a canned food drive at Haggen in Marysville earlier this month.  The kids made felt ornaments, including gingerbread men, that were displayed on a tree at the store, and sang holiday songs.  People making donations of canned food for the Marysvile Community Food Bank were able to take an ornament in exchange for their donation.  Articles about the event were featured in the Marysville Globe and North County Outlook.  The two Camp Fire clubs will also be performing a seasonal dance performance at the Grandview Village retirement community on January 3rd.

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HASCO’s Program for Homeless Families Recently Featured in CLPHA Publication

HASCO’s Project-Based Voucher Program for Homeless Families was recently featured in “Housing Authorities: Essential Partners in Ending Homelessness,” a publication of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, as an innovative partnership that increases access to stable and affordable housing and improves educational outcomes for homeless children. Click the link to learn more about HASCO’s program and other initiatives happening around the region and the country to end homelessness.

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HASCO is looking for resident volunteers to serve on the Agency Plan Committee

The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all housing authorities receiving federal housing assistance develop a "Public Housing Agency Plan.” 

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HASCO’s Section 8 and Public Housing Wait Lists Closing December 13th

On December 13, 2013, the Housing Authority of Snohomish County intends to close its waitlists for Public Housing and Section 8 housing assistance due to the long wait for housing assistance. 

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HASCO preserves 46 units of senior/disabled housing in Lake Stevens

On August 16th, HASCO purchased the Glenwood Apartments in Lake Stevens, preserving 46 units of affordable housing in Lake Stevens.  Glenwood has a low-interest loan through USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Rural Development, and 41 of the 46 units have subsidized rental assistance through USDA, ensuring that rent is affordable to extremely low-income households.  The 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments are available to households 62 years of age or older and/or persons with disabilities.  Glenwood is located conveniently near shopping and transit in Frontier Village.

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Council of Large Public Housing Authorities highlights HASCO's work

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) recently developed a profile of HASCO, highlighting HASCO’s work in addressing homelessness, providing housing and services to seniors and people with disabilities, and creating opportunities for HASCO’s residents.  HASCO’s profile, which is the first in a series of profiles that CLPHA is developing, can be viewed here.

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Your Help Needed with Fair Housing and Transportation Equity Survey

The Puget Sound Regional Council, in tandem with the Fair Housing Center of Washington, is gathering information on barriers to equal housing opportunities with a special focus on the major transportation corridors in Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties.  This Fair Housing Equity Assessment is part of the Growing Transit Communities three-year project to ensure equity along transit lines. 

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Your Input Needed at Fair Housing Equity Forums

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), in tandem with the Fair Housing Center of Washington (FHCW), is gathering information on barriers to equal housing opportunities with a special focus on the major transportation corridors in Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties.  This Fair Housing Equity Assessment is part of the Growing Transit Communities three year project to ensure equity along transit lines

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Snohomish County Seeks Public Input on Draft 2013 Annual Action Plan

Snohomish County is seeking public review and comment on the Draft 2013 Annual Action Plan.  All interested persons are encouraged to comment.  The plan includes proposed awards for over $4.8 million in CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.  The funds are used for affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, and service projects which benefit low- and moderate-income persons and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.  Written comments may be submitted by e-mail or mail through April 29, 2013.  Two public hearings will also be held on April 25, 2013.  For additional information, go to http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Human_Services/Divisions/OHHCD/ or contact Sue Tracy by e-mail at sue.tracy@snoco.org, by phone at 425-388-3269 or for TTY users at 711.

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HASCO seeks comments on Draft 2013 Agency Plan

HASCO is currently seeking public comment on its draft 2013 Public Housing Agency Plan Update during a 45-day review period which runs from January 16, 2013 to March 4, 2013.  The Agency Plan is a HUD requirement and outlines HASCO’s goals and objectives for the coming year.  The Plan is also available for review at our office between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM on regular business days.  To be considered for incorporation into the Plan, comments must be submitted in writing to Janinna Attick at 12625 4th Ave W, Suite 200, Everett, WA 98204 or jattick@hasco.org by 4:30 PM on March 4, 2013. 

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