The Consortium works to develop and sustain community awareness of homelessness and affordable housing issues, and thereby apply collective pressure and provide support to elected officials to increase resources and develop regulations and policies in favor of affordable housing. Members represent a broad spectrum of the community, including nonprofit and for profit developers and operators of affordable housing, government agencies, social service providers, banks and other lenders, architects and engineers, attorneys and legal services, and master builders.
A primary avenue for their community education efforts are quarterly Affordable Housing Breakfast forums, where housing advocates, the business community and elected officials come together to discuss current affordable housing issues. The Consortium also presents an annual Affordable Housing Conference that offers updates on affordable housing topics relevant to elected officials, policymakers, and organizations working to address affordable housing in Snohomish County.
A substantial achievement was leadership of a community-wide process to develop a plan to define strategies to increase the production of affordable housing. The plan, Housing Within Reach, completed in 2008, establishes 12 goals to address the affordable housing crisis in Snohomish County and help ensure that everyone in the community has a safe, affordable place to live. The plan calls for a range of actions including substantial new local funding for affordable housing, derived from a housing levy and other sources. They have developed a progress report for the Housing Within Reach action items that is updated quarterly and presented to the community at Breakfast Forums and the annual conference.