Affordable Housing

Stable affordable housing is the foundation upon which community members build fulfilling lives. San Juan County Health & Community Services works together with many community partners and the Housing Advisory Committee in an effort to provide housing solutions and reduce homelessness in our community.  

Our affordable housing program manages a variety of state grants and local recording surcharge funds designated for affordable housing. We provide limited direct housing assistance (Homeownership Assistance Program) and services. Our primary focus is working with and maintaining relationships with local providers of affordable housing. For additional information, see the Affordable Housing Frequently Asked Questions document.

In March 2016, the County Council authorized a Workgroup to develop an Affordable Housing Strategic Action Plan. The goal was to develop four to six prioritized actions to address housing issues, with actions to consider all factors affecting housing including: regulatory, funding, infrastructure costs, and land costs. The Workgroup held five meetings between March and November 2016 to develop the plan. After receiving a recommendation from the Housing Bank Commission (now the Housing Advisory Committee), on March 21st, 2017 the County Council adopted resolution no. 13-2017 which officially adopted the San Juan County Affordable Housing Workgroup Strategic Action Plan.

On May 22, 2018, the County Council approved Resolution 24-2018 setting an election on November 6, 2018 for voters to consider the San Juan County Home Fund. This resolution, and the proposed Administrative and Financial Plan for the Home Fund, can be viewed at the following links:

Resolution 24-2018 Setting an Election for the Imposition of a Real Estate Excise Tax for Affordable Housing
  
Resolution 25-2018 Adopting an Expenditure Plan for a Real Estate Excise Tax for Afforable Housing

Programs we administer:  

  • Award funds to organizations and providers of low-income housing.
  • Provide rental subsidies directly to Apartment Management Companies for qualifying low-income residents.
  • Conduct, with the assistance of numerous volunteers, the annual Point in Time Count of homeless people.
  • Administer the Loan Program for First Time Homebuyers.
  • Provide staff support to the Housing Bank Commission, an advisory board to the county council