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HASCO Receives Award of 20 HUD-VASH Project-Based Vouchers for Filbert Road Veterans Housing

Today, Senator Murray’s Office announced that HASCO received a competitive allocation of 20 project-based vouchers funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. Filbert Road, the first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless and vulnerable Veterans in Snohomish County, is currently under construction and is expected to open for occupancy in August 2016. Residents will be Veterans that have serious challenges that prevent them from obtaining and/or maintaining private market rental housing and can benefit from living together in a supportive community with on-site case management provided by VA case managers as well as enhanced on-site supportive services provided by CCS. This award of 20 HUD-VASH project-based vouchers was the final and crucial piece needed to ensure that Filbert Road residents receive the rental subsidy and VA services they desperately need to achieve and maintain housing stability and dignity.

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Notice of Public Hearing

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO) announces a public hearing on a proposed change to its local preferences for its Housing Choice Voucher (“Section 8”) program.  HASCO currently provides a preference for families not already receiving a permanent rent subsidy.  HASCO is proposing to remove this preference.  The result of removing the preference would be that families on the Section 8 waitlist would be assisted based on the date and time of their Section 8 application, regardless of whether they are already receiving a permanent rent subsidy.

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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.”

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HASCO Purchases Tall Firs Apartments in Mountlake Terrace

On June 18, 2015, HASCO closed on the purchase of the 40-unit Tall Firs Apartments [hyperlink to: http://www.hasco.org/properties/senior_disabled_properties/tall_firs] in Mountlake Terrace, which was built in 1977 and provides housing to very-low income seniors 62 and older.  The units are assisted with Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers, allowing the tenants to pay 30% of their income toward rent, with the remainder paid by the voucher.  The project financing includes public funding from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund ($2,600,000) and Snohomish County Affordable Housing Trust Fund ($1,500,000), as well as bonds issued by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.  HASCO will soon begin renovations to the property including new siding and interior improvements, which will extend the life of the building and decrease its electricity and water usage.

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HASCO's Partner Portal Goes Live

Landlords participating in HASCO’s subsidized housing programs can now check their payments and other information online 24/7 through HASCO’s Partner Portal.  

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HASCO’s Applicant Portal Goes Live

Applicants to HASCO’s subsidized housing programs can now check their housing application status and update personal information online 24/7 through HASCO’s applicant portal.  

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HASCO Moves Forward with Public Housing Restructuring Plan

On January 16, 2015, HUD approved HASCO’s plan to restructure HASCO’s 210-unit Low Rent Public Housing portfolio of 14 properties in Snohomish County. The implementation of this plan will involve converting the existing tenant rental subsidy from the Low Rent Public Housing program to the Section 8 program. No tenant will be required to move as a result of the subsidy conversion and the 210 units will remain affordable to low-income households. The subsidy conversion will be complete by the end of the year. The restructuring will allow HASCO to complete maintenance and repair work at the properties over the next several years, including upgrading the units with new amenities, and enables HASCO to build up replacement reserves for future capital work down the road. The restructuring will allow HASCO to preserve these affordable properties in our community long-term.

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HASCO Board of Commissioners Open Resident Position

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County is overseen by a Board of Commissioners.  The Board is responsible for setting the mission of HASCO and providing oversight of agency activities.

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Fair Housing Training

Free Fair Housing Training.  Feb 19 2015.

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HASCO seeks comments on draft 2015-2020 Agency Plan

HASCO is currently seeking public comment on its draft 2015-2010 Public Housing Agency Plan during a 45-day review period which runs from January 20, 2015 to March 6, 2015.  The Agency Plan is a HUD requirement and outlines HASCO’s goals and objectives for the coming 5-year period.  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 Laura Hale at 12625 4th Ave W, Suite 200, Everett, WA 98204 or lhale@hasco.org by 4:00 PM on March 6, 2015.

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Longtime commissioner Ralph Davis passed away

Ralph Davis, another longtime commissioner, passed away on Christmas.  Click here to view the obituary.

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