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Final housing open house and survey ready for public


Last updated 12/24/2020 at 12:33pm

The last online open house and survey from the Edmonds Housing Commission is ready for community engagement and is available through Jan. 8. To learn about the Housing Commission’s draft recommendations and give feedback: http://www.ECHCOpenHouse.com.

A webinar will be held 6-7 p.m. Jan. 7. You can register for this event by going to the above website. The webinar will be a time when commission members talk about their draft policy recommendations. It will include a Q&A session.

The Housing Commission’s mission, as directed by a resolution of the City Council, is to “develop diverse housing policy options for City Council consideration designed to expand the range of housing (including rental and owned) available in Edmonds; options that are irrespective of age, gender, race, religious affiliation, physical disability or sexual orientation.”

The original due date was Dec. 31, but was extended by one month to Jan. 31.

In mid-2019, Housing Commissioners – all local residents – were appointed by the City Council. Since September 2019, the commissioners have been meeting together and learning about housing issues.

Their first public open house was held in February at an in-person event. Later that month, the commission divided into five policy committees to begin working independently on policy ideas.

Soon after the coronavirus pandemic hit, the commission began having its public meetings online.

Each of the five policy committees’ final ideas were brought back to the full commission for consideration. This resulted in the commission deciding on two different sets of policy ideas to be brought forward for public involvement over the summer and fall.

Accordingly, two additional open houses and survey events were held online, one in July and one in October, to invite public input on two different sets of policy ideas.

Now, the Housing Commission has developed a draft set of recommendations, with some changes from the original policy ideas. Community engagement is being sought for people to learn about the recommendations and give feedback.

After reviewing the public responses and any other information, the commission will decide on their final recommendations. Two meetings are scheduled (open to the public online): Jan. 14 and Jan. 28, concluding the group’s work.

The commission’s final recommendations will be posted soon after this on the city webpage at http://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/), which also has other information about the commission.

By the end of January, the Commission’s final recommendations will be submitted to city council. The council will consider the recommendations during 2021 and decide which ones to further explore and seek more public input.

Any decision about implementation is up to the city council.


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