The City's housing goal is to:
provide sufficient housing opportunities to meet the needs of present and future residents of Everett for housing that is decent, safe, accessible, attractive and affordable.
Housing is a major issue we wish to explore with Rethink Zoning. Our questions include:
- Does the City's zoning affect housing affordability?
- Does the City's zoning restrict access to housing in all neighborhoods?
Click through the tabs above to find out more information about how the City is rethinking housing -- and access to housing, in our zoning codes.
We have a housing affordability problem
We've seen steep increases in the cost to rent or buy a home that are not keeping pace with household income. In 2000, a single-family home in Everett could be bought for under $170,000; in 2018, the median price went up to $390,000. The current median income for a family is $55,000.
Everett is facing a significant housing challenge. Incomes are not keeping pace with housing costs. Since 1990, housing costs have increased up to 173% while household income has increased only 92%.
The gap between income and housing costs places the greatest burden on low-income households. Over 60% of extremely low-income renter households (30% AMI or below) pay more than 50% of their income on housing costs. These households are at risk of becoming homeless.
Our housing supply has changed
As the City grows, the type of housing being provided is changing with it. While single family homes were the norm in 1980, the City now has more housing that consists of two or more units than single family homes.
HART will consist of a team of City and County officials, supported by other community leaders. The focus of our work will be on middle-income and affordable housing, subsidized housing, alternative housing models, and land use and redevelopment.
HART will report its recommendation by December 2019. For more information, please visit the Snohomish County's website by clicking this link.