COVID-19 resources; Housing Commission update
Last updated 4/9/2020 at 5:51pm
Development Services Director Shane Hope offers some information on COVID-19 resources, plus updates on the Citizens Housing Commission.
As you know, life has taken some unexpected turns due to the coronavirus epidemic (aka COVID-19). From City Hall, I am wishing you and your family health and resiliency. Meanwhile, here are a couple of updates.
First, here are a few local area COVID-19 reminders:
• The Snohomish County Health District has a helpful webpage: https://www.snohd.org/495/COVID-19-General-Information.
• Mayor Nelson declared an emergency on March 5.
• The meetings of City boards and commissions have been canceled for the time being.
• The Governor's "Stay Home-Stay Healthy" Proclamation requires more restrictions on a wide range of activities. The order has now been extended through May 4.
• Most City facilities have been closed to the general public. However, essential services continue with more use of telephone and electronic communication.
• Many employees are telecommuting at least part-time.
• As emergency issues evolve, the City (like you) are revamping various usual practices. Unfortunately, this means that some other "regular" City work is behind schedule-- but not forgotten.
• The City of Edmonds webpage for COVID-19 news is: http://www.edmondswa.gov/coronavirus.html.
Second, you may be interested in more specific Housing Commission news:
We are deeply saddened that one of our very fine Housing Commissioners, John Reed, has died. (See the news article: https://www.edmondsbeacon.com/story/2020/04/02/news/edmonds-community-leader-dies-from-covid-19/22938.html.) We will miss John greatly.
• The March 12 Housing Commission meeting was canceled, due to COVID-19 concerns.
• The April 9 Housing Commission is being canceled, also due to COVID -19 concerns and also, a new Governor's Proclamation that limits most public meetings.
• We still anticipate (but cannot guarantee) that the Housing Commission will meet in May. The regular May meeting would be May 14 and would be live-streamed. An announcement about the meeting schedule will occur as soon as we are reasonably confident.
• At its February 13 meeting, the Housing Commission established five small committees to move forward on developing policy ideas for the full Commission to consider and get public input on this spring. The committee topics are: City Resources; Incentives and Requirements; Housing types; Zoning Standards; and City Programs and Processes.
• Despite the current delays due to COVID-19, the Housing Commission may still be able to meet its due date of the end of 2020 for engaging the public and recommending policies to be considered by the City Council. The City Council will then review the Commission's recommendations in 2021, get other public input, and decide on any next steps to take.
• The Housing Commission website has been recently updated. You are welcome to check it anytime at: https://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/.