Purchasing a home is out of reach for many families while monthly rents stretch household budgets. The local homeless population is increasing. There is a shortfall in area housing for people with a wide range of incomes. Many people who were once financially comfortable now struggle – taking money away from basics in order to keep a roof over their heads.
In response to these trends, the Skagit County Public Health Department is hosting a “Housing Summit” on January 22, 2016 where interested stakeholders and residents at large are invited to add their voices as we examine possible solutions.
Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Director, notes, “Our department became involved in local housing issues and is convening the summit because housing is crucial to the health of our community. Where a person lives is often the main factor determining his or her wellbeing.”
People attending the summit will learn about housing mismatches in Skagit County, data on the scope and scale of the issue, proven models, and successful local efforts. More importantly, participants will help to shape our steps to solutions.
The event will be held on January 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McIntyre Hall on 2501 E College Way in Mount Vernon. You may register by clicking here . Sign up soon – space is limited.
Source: Skagit County Press Memo 12/15/15
Contact: Bob Hicks, Operations Mgr., County Public Health