Housing issues are at a crisis point for many Skagit County residents, with a shortage of homes and apartments for a wide range of incomes.
Buying a home is not possible for many families, while monthly rents stretch household budgets. The local homeless population is increasing. Many people who were once financially comfortable now struggle, being forced to take money away from basics in order to keep a roof over their head.
“With these facts in mind,” said Director of Health Jennifer Johnson, “the Skagit County Public Health Department will host a Housing Summit. Interested stakeholders and county residents will be invited to share their experiences and perspectives as we examine possible solutions.”
“We are convening the summit because housing is crucial to the wellbeing of our community,” Johnson continued. “Where a person lives is often the main factor determining their health.”
County Health Operations Manager Bob Hicks adds: “Skagit residents consistently rank housing as one of the most important problems our community needs to address. When so many people share this concern, there is a great opportunity to come together to find answers to the housing problem.”
People attending the summit will learn about Skagit’s housing mismatch, data on the scope and scale of the issue, proven models, and successful local efforts. Participants will then be asked to help shape steps to solutions.
Interested parties are asked to sign up soon as space is limited. The event will be held on Friday, January 22, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at McIntyre Hall on 2501 E College Way in Mount Vernon. You may register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SkagitHousingSummit.