Community Services Advisory Council

Regular Meetings

  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Third Tuesday of every month
  • Robert J. Drewel Building
    Room 6A04
    3000 Rockefeller Avenue
    Everett, WA 98201

About the Commission

The Community Services Advisory Council (CSAC) was established by the county council in 1986 to advise the county “on all matters relating to the causes of poverty and to a reduction in the effects of poverty.” The council is made up of at least 12 but no more than 24 members, including at least two from each council district, and equal representation among the following groups: community / private sector, low-income representatives, and public elected officials. Members serve four-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Council members are appointed by the county council on recommendation of the executive.

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CSAC Mission

The Advisory Council's mission is to make Snohomish County more responsive to the needs and interests of the poor by mobilizing both government and non-governmental resources, and creating greater institutional sensitivity through education and advocacy.

CSAC Purpose

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to engage the Snohomish County community in assessing local needs and working to address the causes of poverty through education and advocacy efforts.

Furthermore, the CSAC oversees the administration of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding and makes recommendations based on appropriateness and effectiveness of programs addressing priority needs of low-income residents in Snohomish County.

Council Structure

The CSBG program must be administered through a community-selected tripartite board. This “tripartite” board governance is a feature unique to CAAs and is a critical element in differentiating CAAs from other community-based organizations. The tripartite board governance also helps to empower those who have direct experience of the barriers to economic security to participate directly in the development of effective alternatives.

The Advisory Council makes efforts to have each County Council legislative district represented through membership and shall consist of the following:

  • A minimum of 12 members, but not more than 24
  • At least one-third of the members representative of low-income individuals and families, living in the county district served
  • At least one-third elected public officials currently holding office or their representatives, or appointive public officials if there are not enough elected officials available.
  • The balance drawn from the private sector including businesses, nonprofits, faith-based groups, charities, and civic organizations, or other major groups and interests in the community served.

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