On April 26, 2017 the Mount Vernon City Council adopted Ordinance 3712 creating regulations specific to the development of permanent supportive housing facilities in the City. Click here to view this Ordinance.
The City's 2016 Comprehensive Plan update to the Housing Element adopted Goals, Objectives and Policies that, among other things, support the development of facilities and services for chronically homeless, homeless, those at-risk of becoming homeless, and low income households.
With the Comprehensive Plan framework in place City staff has prepared draft development regulations to assist with the siting of a permanent supportive housing facility within the City. The proposed regulations create an overlay zone where a permanent supportive housing facility could be located if it is within prescribed distances from public transit, arterial roads, food resources and certain service providers.
On March 21st the City Council was joined by all three Skagit County Commissioners, staff and others to tour an existing permanent supportive housing facility in Bellingham named Francis House (located at 1122 Cornwall Ave.)