Housing in Snohomish

There are a total of 4,176 dwelling units in the city, housing the city's estimated population of 9,265.  Snohomish's population target for the year 2035 is 12,139 people.  In order to house those 2,875 new residents an additional 1,028 dwelling units--a mix of single- and multi-family--will have to be built.  The population and housing targets are a product of the Growth Monitoring Report compiled by the Snohomish County Planning & Development Services Department.  Download the 2016 Growth Monitoring Report.

Housing Supply and Demand


Meeting the demand for housing is a regional issue that cannot be solved by the City alone.  The City's role in helping meet regional housing needs focuses on minimizing regulatory obstacles which could impede construction of new housing, including affordable and special needs housing.  Toward this end, the Snohomish Municipal Code provides incentives to construct low-income housing and allows accessory dwelling units and manufactured housing which can be more affordable than standard dwelling units.

Comprehensive Plan - Housing Element


The City's housing goals and policies are found in the Housing Element of the City of Snohomish Comprehensive Plan.  For more information about the City's housing policies, download the Housing Element of the City of Snohomish Comprehensive Plan.

Snohomish County Housing Policies


In collaboration with the municipalities within the county, Snohomish County has adopted 14 Countywide Planning Policies (CPPs) related to housing.  The policies complement the Growth Management Act goal to encourage a full range of housing types to meet the needs of all segments of the population and to encourage the preservation of the existing housing stock.  To see all 14 housing CPPs, download the Snohomish County Countywide Housing CPPs.

One of the most significant is CPP HO-5, which requires the County, in collaboration with its municipalities, to periodically compile a "Housing Characteristics and Needs" report.  Download the most recent Housing Characteristics and Needs report.

Snohomish Affordable Housing Group (SAHG)


The Snohomish Affordable Housing Group (SAHG) is a private, non-profit grass roots organization that provides transitional and permanent housing for low income, disabled, and senior households in the City of Snohomish and along its perimeter.  Learn more information about SAHG.

Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO)


The County's housing authority, HASCO, provides rental assistance to over 5,000 Snohomish County residents.  They also offer special housing options for seniors and the disabled.

In addition to owning and managing over 2,100 units of subsidized and affordable housing, HASCO also administers over 3,400 housing vouchers.

Learn more about HASCO on their website.

Alliance for Housing Affordability (AHA)


The City of Snohomish is a charter member of the Alliance for Housing Affordability (AHA), which was established in 2013 through an interlocal agreement with Snohomish County, 13 of the cities within the county, and the Housing Authority of Snohomish County.  The Alliance is a venue for Snohomish County jurisdictions to work together to understand local housing challenges and share resources to address these challenges.

A detailed picture of the affordable housing situation for each of the member cities, called housing profiles, has been created by AHA staff.  Download the City of Snohomish's 2014 Affordable Housing Profile. 

Learn more about the Alliance on the AHA website.

Fair Housing


Fair housing laws prohibit discriminatory actions against people in the housing market because of their race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, sex (gender), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The laws also prohibit discrimination against families with children, veterans, or members of the military.

For more information about fair housing laws, visit Snohomish County's fair housing website.