HASCO News

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HASCO is Moving!

Beginning December 24, 2016 HASCO's computer and telephone systems will be taken offline to facilitate moving the office and equipment.  The work will be completed by start of business December 29 and regular computer and telephone systems services will be restored.

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HASCO would like to invite Section 8 recipients to participate in a meeting to update our Agency Plan!

The plan primarily discusses the Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance program and how it relates to housing needs in the community, the financial resources to meet the needs, and the policies and programs that HASCO intends to implement over the next twelve months. HASCO is now recruiting resident volunteers to serve on the Agency Plan Committee. 

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Public Hearings Re: 2017 Action Plan and 2015 Program Performance

The Snohomish County Division of Housing & Community Service invites community members to tell them about local affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, and service needs for low- and moderate-income persons and provide input to the County on their performance under their Consolidated Plan. Public hearings are scheduled for Thursday December 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

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Snohomish County Requests Public Comments On 2016 Action Plan Proposed Amendments

Snohomish County is requesting public comments on amendments to its 2016 Action Plan, which describes how the County will use federal funds designated for housing, public facilities, infrastructure and service projects for low- and moderate-income people. 

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HASCO Selects Incoming Executive Director

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County has a new Executive Director. Duane Leonard, a Snohomish County native, will begin his tenure effective October 1, 2016.

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Snohomish County releases its Draft 2015 Annual Report on HUD Funds for Public Comment

Snohomish County’s Draft 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, or CAPER, which evaluates the County’s progress towards annual and five year goals for the CDBG, HOME, and ESG federal grant programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which fund housing and community development projects primarily benefitting low-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, is open for public review and comment through September 23, 2016.  For more information, the County has made flyers available in English and Spanish.

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Share Your Story with Senator Maria Cantwell!

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is collecting personal stories from people who have struggled to afford housing and/or have experienced homelessness. Her office is looking for a large volume of stories to help demonstrate the widespread and urgent need to invest more federal resources in affordable housing. To submit stories, access the tool on Senator Cantwell’s website, “Affordable Housing & Homelessness: Share Your Story,” and fill out the short form. Personal details will be shared only with permission.

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Closing the Waiting List for Fairview Apartments in Monroe

On April 18, 2016, the Housing Authority of Snohomish County will suspend accepting applications and close its waiting list for subsidized housing at Fairview Apartments in Monroe because the length of the waiting list exceeds two years.  The application form can be found on HASCO’s website at www.hasco.org.  Applications for housing assistance may be submitted by fax, mail or in person between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Applications for Fairview Apartments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2016; applications postmarked April 18, 2016 but not received until after April 18th will not be accepted.  HASCO will continue to accept applications for its Senior/Disabled Housing programs.

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Snohomish County releases its Draft 2016 Action Plan for Public Comment

Snohomish County’s Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan, which describes how the County will use federal funds designated for housing, public facilities, infrastructure and service projects for low- and moderate-income people, is open for public review and comment through April 18, 2016.  A public hearing on the draft Plan will be held on April 12, 2016.  For more information, the County has made flyers available in English or Spanish.

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HASCO Awarded $1.5 Million from State Housing Trust Fund to Rehabilitate Glenwood in Lake Stevens

The Glenwood Apartments is a 46-unit complex serving seniors and people with disabilities in Lake Stevens. The property was built in 1989 and has received few upgrades or renovations since its construction. HASCO purchased the property in 2013 and completed some accessibility improvements with an award from the Snohomish County Office of Housing. In December of 2015, HASCO was awarded $1,500,000 from the State Department of Commerce through the Housing Trust Fund. The award will allow HASCO to complete much-needed work to the property, including replacement of all windows, laundry room and community room improvements, and new energy efficient appliances, which will extend the life of the property and improve the quality of life for the 46 senior and/or disabled households that live at the Glenwood Apartments. Rehab work is expected to start later this year and be complete within one year. 

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HASCO seeks comments on Draft 2016 Agency Plan

HASCO is currently seeking public comment on its draft 2016 Public Housing Agency Plan Update during a 45-day review period which runs from January 19, 2016 through March 11, 2016.  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 by mail to HASCO, Attn: Laura Hale at 12625 4th Ave W, Suite 200, Everett, WA 98204 or by e-mail to lhale@hasco.org by 4:00 PM on March 11, 2016.

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