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Longtime commissioner and housing supporter Leo Gese passed away

Longtime commissioner and housing supporter Leo Gese passed away on December 21, 2014.  Leo Gese was one of the founders of the Housing Authority and a Commissioner since 1971.  He supported housing on an international level as a member of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Official's International Committee.  Leo was a recipient of NAHRO's John D. Lange International award for his contribution toward international understanding and exchange of experience. He was appointed non-voting Emeritus status in 1998 by Snohomish County in recognition of his many years of service to the Housing Authority

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HASCO Receives Public Funding Awards to Rehabilitate Senior Housing in Snohomish

HASCO has owned the 24-unit Woodlake Manor III Apartments in the City of Snohomish since 1999; however, no funds have been available to complete renovations to the 34-year-old property since then.  However, recent grant awards of $1,200,000 from the State Department of Commerce through the Housing Trust Fund, and nearly $750,000 from the Snohomish County Office of Housing and Community Development, will allow HASCO to complete much-needed work to the property, including new roofs, siding, energy efficiency improvements, and new appliances, extending the life of the property and improving quality of life for the 24 senior and disabled households that call Woodlake Manor III home.  Rehab work is expected to start later this year and take about a year to complete.

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HASCO is looking for 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.”  This year, HASCO will be creating a new five-year plan.

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Public Hearings on Affordable Housing & Community Development Priorities

All interested persons are invited to attend a public hearing to provide input on priority needs and use of federal funds for low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods in our community for:

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Fair Housing Basics

HUD Seattle is sponsoring/providing a Webinar: Fair Housing Basics on October 15, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Snohomish County seeks citizens to serve on Technical Advisory Committee

Snohomish County receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is recruiting eligible persons to serve on a technical advisory committee for review of applications for affordable housing, public facilities, and public service projects that will benefit low-income & homeless individuals.

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HASCO Public Housing Goes 100% Smoke-Free

As of July 1, 2014, smoking is now prohibited in all of HASCO’s public housing properties.  With the enactment of this policy, all of HASCO’s subsidized properties now prohibit smoking. 

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PUBLIC NOTICE - OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON AMENDMENT TO 2014 AGENCY PLAN

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its policy for setting flat rents for its Public Housing program.

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North Puget Sound Conference on Race, Housing

The third annual North Puget Sound Conference On Race (NPSCOR) will take place on Saturday, May 17th, at Edmonds Community College. The conference is sponsored by the Communities of Color Coalition working in concert with the Snohomish County Chapter of NAACP, Familias Unidas, WSU Extension, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, and an array of other community sponsors. The conference has received significant financial support from the Verdant Health Commission.

The conference theme addresses three of the principal components contributing to the quality of life realized by persons and families of color in Snohomish County: Food, Health and Housing. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Paul Pitre, PhD, Dean of WSU - North Puget Sound at Everett. In addition to the keynote address, the conference will include three sequential panels of knowledgeable individuals focused on food, health and housing. Each panel will break into discussion groups lead by the panelists.

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VOA Needs Call Center Volunteers to Assist People Impacted by the Oso Mudslide

Volunteers of America Western Washington is holding two trainings for call center volunteers for the 211 information resource line. The trainings will focus on training volunteers how to assist people that call 211 that have been impacted by the Oso Mudslide. This is phone-based work conducted in a call center in one of VOA’s Everett offices. The first training option is Thursday (April 3rd) from 1pm to 3pm and the second training option is Monday (April 7th) from 5pm to 7pm. The trainings will be held at the VOA office at 2801 Lombard Avenue in Everett, WA. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and you can register for the training by calling Kevin Henderson at 425-212-3916.

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Snohomish County seeks public review and comment on its Draft 2014 Action Plan for grant funding

Snohomish County is seeking public review and comment from all interested persons and organizations on the Draft 2014 Action Plan through April 28, 2014.  Public hearings will be held on April 21 and 24.The 2014 Draft Action Plan includes proposed allocations for over $6.2 million in federal grant funds for affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, and service projects which benefit low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.  It also includes other information regarding the grant funds and local housing and community development activities.

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HASCO creates website portal for Employment Assistance Program

In partnership with Workforce Snohomish, HASCO launched the Employment Opportunities Initiative for families that have been on the Section 8 program for longer than six years. HASCO has now created a web portal where clients can go to learn more about the employment assistance program and how to utilize these individualized services. The purpose of the employment program is to assist adults with increasing their earned income so they will be able to afford to rent their unit without housing assistance.

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HASCO seeks comments on Draft 2014 Agency Plan

HASCO is currently seeking public comment on its draft 2014 Public Housing Agency Plan Update during a 45-day review period which runs from January 21, 2014 to March 7, 2014.  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 7, 2014. 

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In the Face of Federal Housing Program Budget Cuts, HASCO Assists Clients in Attaining Employment

On January 15, 2014, HASCO sent a letter to the 500 Section 8 recipients that have been on the program the longest that do not have an elderly or disabled head of household, co-head, or spouse, and do not have a special program voucher. The letter explains that the recipient is at risk of losing their housing assistance due to federal spending cuts. HASCO also issued a press release on January 21, 2014. HASCO strongly encourages any adult members of the households that received the letter to participate in the employment program that HASCO is offering through a partnership with the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. For more information, please fill out and sign the Authorization for Release of Information that was sent to you and send it to your housing coordinator, or contact your housing coordinator for more information.

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ON-LINE - BASICS OF FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP

February 19 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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