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2015

  • Completes a $600,000 renovation at Ebey Arms in Marysville, including upgrades to the fire alarm system and common areas
  • Using funding awards from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Snohomish County, acquires the Tall Firs Apartments in downtown Mountlake Terrace, a 40-unit building for seniors 62 and older, including 39 units with HUD PBV rental assistance
  • Receives HUD approval to convert 210-unit Low Rent Public Housing units to the Section 8 program
    Receives 12 additional VASH vouchers to serve homeless Veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing the total VASH vouchers in Snohomish County to 199.
  • 2014

  • Completes a $2.7 million rehab at the Jackson House Apartments, a 120-unit mixed-use building for seniors 62 and older in downtown Everett
  • Partners with Workforce Snohomish and WorkSource to offer the Economic Opportunities Initiative, an employment program aimed at assisting HASCO’s Section 8 clients with increasing their earned income and decreasing their dependence on housing subsidies
  • Receives 12 additional VASH vouchers to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing the total VASH vouchers in Snohomish County to 187
  • Completes a $280,000 rehab at the Stevens Circle Apartments, a 19-unit apartment complex near downtown Lake Stevens
  • Receives $1.9 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Snohomish County to complete a major rehab of Woodlake Manor III, a 24-unit HUD PBV rent-subsidized apartment complex for seniors and people with disabilities in the City of Snohomish
  • 2013

  • Signs onto an Interlocal Agreement with Snohomish County and 11 cities to undertake planning, cooperation and education in support of the goal of enhancing the supply of affordable housing in Snohomish County, and agrees to serve as the coalition’s administrative agency
  • August: Acquires the 46-unit senior/disabled Glenwood Apartments in Lake Stevens, including 41 units with rental assistance from USDA
  • Receives 15 additional VASH vouchers to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, bringing the total VASH vouchers in Snohomish County to 175
  • Begins rehab work on the 120-unit Jackson House at Pacific Crest Apartments
  • 2012

  • Awarded 75 additional VASH vouchers from HUD to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • August: Acquires the 46-unit senior/disabled Glenwood Apartments in Lake Stevens, including 41 units with rental assistance from USDA
  • Receives NAHRO Agency Award of Merit for Administrative Improvements to the HUD-VASH Program
  • Rededicates Pacific Crest as the Jackson House at Pacific Crest Apartments, in honor of longtime Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson
  • Project-bases vouchers at 2 units at East Terrace II, bringing total project-based vouchers to 123 for seniors and people with disabilities and 282 for families receiving supportive services
  • 2011

  • Awarded 75 additional VASH vouchers from HUD to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Awarded 50 Non-Elderly Disabled Category 2 vouchers from HUD to serve disabled persons who wish to transition from institutions back into the community
  • Awarded 50 Family Unification Program vouchers from HUD to provide rental assistance to families involved with the child welfare system and youths aging out of foster care with services provided by the WA State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Awarded 25 additional VASH vouchers from HUD to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Completes rehab of the Fairview Apartments in Monroe
  • HASCO celebrates its 40th anniversary on May 6, 2011, and dedicates HASCO’s Office Building to Stephen L. Holt, previous HASCO Executive Director, renaming the building the Stephen L. Holt Administrative Building in honor of his service from 1978 to 1993
  • July: Purchases Pacific Crest, a 120-unit, seven-story building in downtown Everett, to preserve low-income senior housing
  • 2010

  • Awarded 25 additional VASH vouchers from HUD to serve homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Receives NAHRO Agency Awards of Merit for the Manufactured Home Replacement Program and Sound Families Coordinator position
  • Begins rehab of the 24-unit Fairview Apartments in Monroe with funding from the State Department of Commerce and Snohomish County Office of Housing and Community Development
  • 2009

  • Completes rehab of the Alpine Ridge Manufactured Housing Community for seniors
  • April: Installs first two new manufactured homes at Alpine Ridge
  • Awarded 35 VASH vouchers from HUD to provide housing to homeless veterans, with case management provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2008

  • Completes construction of 19 new units for homeless families with children on the sites of two existing HASCO properties in Monroe and Mountlake Terrace with a $525,000 grant from the Gates Foundation partially funding the construction of the units and 10 years of supportive services from YWCA of Seattle – King County – Snohomish County
  • Completes rehab of the Olympic View and Sound View senior buildings in Edmonds
  • Under a contract with Snohomish County, begins administering 40 Ending Homelessness Program Vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans, young adults, and single individuals
  • 2007

  • Receives a NAHRO Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development for Kokanee Creek, an affordable mixed-income condominium community located in south Everett comprised of two-story manufactured homes
  • May: Acquires Kingsbury East and The Squire Mobile Home Parks (later renamed Alpine Ridge South and East Manufactured Housing Communities) in Lynnwood, preventing the land from being redeveloped and allowing the current senior residents to remain in their homes
  • Creates the Manufactured Home Replacement Program, buying back old, unsafe mobile homes and replacing them with new Energy Star-rated manufactured homes. Partners Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) and HomeSight offer low-interest loans and down payment assistance to homebuyers
  • 2006

  • May: Purchases Olympic View and Sound View, two adjacent senior buildings in Edmonds comprising 88 total units
  • Expands the contract with Senior Services of Snohomish County to provide the Housing Social Services program at Robin Park in Lynnwood after HUD grant funding for service coordination at the property ended
  • 2005

  • Completes the rehabilitation of Autumn Leaf in Marysville, a group home for 7 homeless mothers with children, with a $175,000 grant from the Gates Foundation partially funding the renovation and 5 years of supportive services from Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
  • Receives $250,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for the First Steps III program to fund supportive service provision for 10 years at 10 units in Lynnwood and Marysville with services provided by the Snohomish Health District
  • September: Acquires Autumn Chase, a 120-unit apartment complex near Bothell
  • 2004

  • Receives $250,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for the First Steps II program to fund supportive services provision for 10 years at 10 units in Mill Creek and Everett with services provided by the Snohomish Health District.
  • 2003

  • Receives a NAHRO Agency Award of Merit for Program Innovation in Affordable Housing for Markland Woods Affordable Condominiums
  • Receives a NAHRO Agency Award of Merit for Program Innovation in Affordable Housing for Project Based Vouchers Supporting Sound Families
  • December: Purchases Ebey Arms Apartments, a 54-unit apartment complex in Marysville
  • 2002

  • Receives $150,000 grant from the Gates Foundation for the First Steps program to fund supportive services provision for 5 years at 10 units in Lynnwood and Marysville with services provided by the Snohomish Health District
  • 2001

  • HASCO celebrates its 30th anniversary on May 6, 2001
  • Acquires Edmonds Highlands, a 120-unit apartment complex in Edmonds
  • Became a partner in the Sound Families Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by project-basing vouchers at 12 apartment units for homeless families with children, with a $330,000 grant from the Gates Foundation partially funding the renovation of the units and 5 years of supportive services from the YWCA
  • 2000

  • January: Begins its Welfare-To-Work program in partnership with Everett Housing Authority and 13 service-partner agencies after being awarded 700 program vouchers
  • 1999

  • Receives a NAHRO Award of Merit for Program Innovation in Affordable Housing for the Thomas Place Manufactured Home Community
  • Receives a NAHRO award for Program Innovation in Resident and Client Services for the Rental Assistance Program for Working Families
  • Acquires Millwood Estates, a 300-unit apartment complex in Mill Creek
  • November: Purchases two 24-unit apartment complexes with HUD rental assistance contracts: Woodlake Manor III in Snohomish, which serves seniors and persons with disabilities, and the Fairview Apartments in Monroe
  • 1998

  • Original Commission Vice Chair Leo Gese appointed Commissioner Emeritus
  • 1997

  • Purchases Westwood Crossing, a 133-unit apartment complex in Marysville
  • Purchases Westwood Crossing, a 133-unit apartment complex in Marysville
  • 1996

  • Purchases a two-story office building, using rental income from leasing the first story of the building to pay debt service
  • May: Forms Rural Development Division after acquisition of six complexes of USDA Section 515 Rural Rental housing in north Snohomish County
  • 1995

  • Purchases and rehabilitates Whispering Pines, a rundown 240-unit 1960s apartment complex in Lynnwood, with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and bond financing
  • 1994

  • Purchases Thomas Place (formerly Thomas Lake Mobile Home Park), with support from the State and County, to preserve it as a manufactured home community
  • Develops Bristol Square, a 96-unit complex in Lynnwood, with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and bond financing
  • Completes construction of the 28-unit Cedar Grove family public housing apartment complex in Marysville and the 22-unit East Terrace I family public housing apartment complex in Mountlake Terrace
  • 1993

  • Moving beyond its original mission of serving very low-income families, the agency begins to purchase and renovate existing multi-family complexes for low-income working families, including Raintree Village Apartments, a 112-unit apartment complex south of Everett (in May) and Valley Commons Apartments, a 51-unit apartment complex in Marysville (in December)
  • 1992

  • Initiates a first-time homebuyer program with the construction of 4 homes in Arlington
  • Purchases Craigmont, a 36-unit USDA Rural Development senior/disabled property in Lake Stevens with a HUD rental assistance contract
  • Completes construction of the Center House Apartments, a 44-unit apartment complex in south Snohomish County
  • 1991

  • Snohomish County Project Self-Sufficiency receives achievement awards for excellence in service delivery from the National Association of Counties, and a HUD Sustained Performance Award
  • Receives 28 certificates for Project Self-Sufficiency from HUD through the community-based initiative Operation Bootstrap
  • 1990

  • Awarded 40 additional Project Self-Sufficiency certificates in a national competition
  • 1988

  • Receives National Recognition Program for Urban Development Excellence Certificate of National Merit for Soap Suds Row
  • 1987

  • Awarded 40 additional Project Self-Sufficiency vouchers in the HUD Region X Competition
  • 1986

  • Awarded 50 additional Project Self-Sufficiency vouchers in a national competition
  • Working with Counterpoint Mental Health Service, constructs Aurora House
  • 1985

  • Awarded 100 Project Self-Sufficiency program housing vouchers in a national competition
  • Begins admitting participants to the Project Self-Sufficiency program
  • Receives Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Soap Suds Row
  • Launches Rental Rehabilitation program, which provides funds for investor/owners to upgrade rental housing
  • 1984

  • Forms a partnership with Everett Housing Authority and Snohomish County Human Services Department to form Project Self-Sufficiency, which helps low-income families become self-sufficient
  • Purchases 4 single-family homes in the Historic District of Snohomish built prior to 1890, part of Soap Suds Row, for the purpose of restoring them and using them as low-income elderly housing
  • 1983

  • Completes construction of the 15-unit Maplewood family public housing apartment complex in Snohomish and the 19-unit Stevens Circle family public housing apartment complex in Lake Stevens
  • 1982

  • Completes construction of the 20-unit Centerwood family public housing apartment complex in south Everett, the 12-unit North Terrace family public housing apartment complex in Mountlake Terrace, the 25-unit Pinewood family public housing apartment complex in Lynnwood, and the 30-unit Robin Park public housing building for elderly persons and persons with disabilities in Lynnwood
  • Begins working with Snohomish Senior Services on the Minor Home Repair Program, to assist the County’s low-income seniors with minor home repairs
  • 1980

  • August: In conjunction with Snohomish County, begins administration of the Snohomish County Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program, to provide low-interest and deferred loans to eligible County citizens outside Everett city limits for major home repairs
  • Completes construction of the 25-unit Alderwood family public housing apartment complex in Lynnwood
  • 1979

  • Develops 2 public housing duplexes in Lynnwood and South Snohomish County
  • 1980

  • Snohomish County Board of Commissions asks a consultant to analyze ways HASCO can expand its services beyond the leased housing program. The consultant recommends that HASCO be considered for receipt of CDBG funds
  • HASCO takes over the operation of the Snohomish County housing voucher program from the King County Housing Authority
  • December 12: Hires first employee, Executive Director Stephen Holt, using Snohomish County CDBG funds
  • 1977

  • Leased housing program is further expanded to 300 units
  • 1973

  • Leased housing program is expanded to 200 units
  • 1971

  • April 1: Snohomish County Commissioners receive a petition signed by 278 citizens calling for the creation of a public housing authority. In response, the Board of County Commissioners authorizes the creation of the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO) as an independent public corporation, under the State of Washington Housing Authorities Law
  • May 6: HASCO is incorporated and enters into a contract with Washington Housing Services
  • November 4: First contract with HUD is approved, providing funds to lease 75 units of housing
  • King County Housing Authority runs HASCO’s housing voucher program