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Permanent Supportive Housing
What is Permanent Supportive Housing?
Permanent Supportive Housing combines affordable housing with case management and support to improve the health and long-term housing prospects for people experiencing chronic homelessness.  Click here to download a handout put together by Skagit County on Permanent Supportive Housing. 

Background Details
The City's 2016 Comprehensive Plan update to the Housing Element adopted Goals, Objectives and Policies that, among other things, support the development of facilities and services for chronically homeless, homeless, those at-risk of becoming homeless, and low income households.

With the Comprehensive Plan framework in place City staff has prepared draft development regulations to assist with the siting of a permanent supportive housing facility within the City.  The proposed regulations create an overlay zone where a permanent supportive housing facility could be located if it is within prescribed distances from public transit, arterial roads, food resources and certain service providers.

On March 21st the City Council was joined by all three Skagit County Commissioners, staff and others to tour an existing permanent supportive housing facility in Bellingham named Francis House (located at 1122 Cornwall Ave.)

Proposed Regulations & Associated Materials
Public Hearings are scheduled before the Planning Commission and City Council on April 18th and April 26th, respectively.  For additional details with regard to the hearings please click here

Click here for a copy of a presentation staff provided to Planning Commission on April 4 regarding permanent supportive housing

Click here to download a copy of the DRAFT Ordinance
Click here to download a copy of the mapping that identifies the opportunity areas described within the DRAFT Ordinance 

Staff Contact:
Rebecca Lowell
Development Services
P.O. Box 809 / 910 Cleveland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
(360) 336-6214