Housing Characteristics and Needs Report

2023 Housing Characteristics and Needs Report

Snohomish County coordinates with its cities and towns to complete the Housing Characteristics and Needs report, also known as the HO-5 report. The report was prepared through the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) of Snohomish County Tomorrow. The most recent report was completed in May of 2023, and updated in August of 2023 (as detailed in the "Errata Sheet" below).

Executive Summary

HO-5 Report  (August 2023)

HO-5 Report Combined Appendices (August 2023)

Errata Sheet (August 2023)

The report provides relevant, up-to-date housing data and information on current and projected future demands for housing and housing supply in Snohomish County and its cities and towns. 

The Housing Characteristics and Needs in Snohomish County Report is a requirement for the County. County-wide Planning Policy HO-5 requires the county and cities to create a housing report.

Report requirements include to:

  • Describe the measures that jurisdictions have taken to implement or support County Planning Policies on housing.
  • Quantify and map existing characteristics that are relevant to the results prescribed in County Planning Policies on housing.
  • Identify the number of housing units necessary to meet the various housing needs of the project population.

The report includes vital data on population and housing trends in Snohomish County and each of the cities. This information guides the County in creating policies that support developing housing.

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