Applying to the Housing Trust Fund

Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Unity Village in White Center Project serving low income families since 2012.

Project serving low-income families since 2012 at Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Unity Village in White Center.

The Housing Trust Fund program makes funds available for affordable housing projects through a competitive application process. Applications are generally accepted once a year, but timing and frequency can vary depending on the size and nature of appropriations to the program by the Legislature. Visit this page regularly for funding availability and application updates.

2017 Housing Trust Fund Funding Cycle Update

The Washington State Legislature adjourned its 2017 session without agreeing on a 2017-2019 Capital Budget. Without this budget, the Housing Trust Fund may not release a Stage 2 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Department of Commerce remains hopeful that the Legislature will continue its negotiations outside of session and find a way to reach agreement on a new capital budget that can be passed as soon as possible. In the meantime, the Housing Trust Fund team continues to work on our current projects and contract negotiations for our previously-made awards, which are not affected by the 2017-2019 budget. Please continue to visit this page regularly, as the Housing Trust Fund team will post updates as they become available.


2017 Housing Trust Fund Application Workshops

Anonymous – from Seattle workshop survey

Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Unity Village in White Center Project serving low income families since 2012.

“It was a superb workshop. Really the BEST. Especially helpful was how well organized the agenda, the speakers and the truly welcoming way each representative encouraged questions. Whether new to the field or an old-hand at this work, I think everyone in the room felt at ease to ask questions and hear guidance.”

Between May 12 and June 6, 2017, the Housing Trust Fund team conducted five application workshops in Olympia, Everett, Spokane, Seattle, and Yakima. The purpose was to provide our applicants with information about the funding application and evaluation criteria for new affordable housing projects that benefit low- and extremely low-income individuals and families, as well as provide an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to our team. In addition, the workshops included a presentation of the new amendment/workout application for those seeking changes to an existing contract, as well as a preview for the potential portfolio preservation program (pending final Capital Budget appropriation). See the original workshops announcement here:

2017 Housing Trust Fund Application Workshops (PDF).

The workshops were well attended with a total of 140 participants, many indicating that they found them to be very helpful for their upcoming application preparations.

The final presentation slides are included below. The Housing Trust Fund team highly encourages all applicants to review these slides and direct any questions or requests for clarifications to our team, prior to submitting an application.

CURRENT NOTICES OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFAs) AND SOLICITATIONS

2017 & 2018 Stage 1 Application Solicitation
On January 11, 2017, the Department of Commerce released a solicitation for Stage 1 Housing Trust Fund applications for the 2017 and 2018 funding cycles. Applications were due on February 13, 2017. The Housing Trust Fund Program received 135 applications for a total request of $235 million. Please find the list of received applications available for download below.

Stage 1 applications include limited information and are used to identify a pool of projects that appear viable, ready, and eligible for funding in the 2017 and 2018 funding cycles. Stage 1 applications are not scored, nor will funding decisions be made based on these applications. The first funding awards will be subject to review and approval of a completed Stage 2 application.

 
2017 Stage 2 Notice of Funding Availability
As noted above, the Washington State Legislature adjourned its 2017 session without agreeing on a 2017-2019 Capital Budget. Without this budget, the Housing Trust Fund may not release a Stage 2 NOFA. We remain hopeful that the Legislature will continue its negotiations outside of session and find a way to reach agreement on a new capital budget that can be passed as soon as possible. Continue to visit this website for updates as they become available.

NOTES:
All interested applicants will be welcome to apply in Stage 2 regardless of whether they applied in Stage 1 or not.

Some applicants are required to also apply to the Washington State Quality Award Program (WSQA). Read Chapter 2, Section 206.6, of the HTF Handbook to see if this applies to you. There is also a Commerce-specific question and answer document.

Applicants seeking funding for a homeownership project or program must undergo an Organizational Capacity Assessment. Please read Chapter 7, Section 702.1.1 of the HTF Handbook for more details about the Assessment.

2016 Health Homes Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Applications are solicited for affordable housing projects seeking funding for the development of a Health Home project  in Pierce County. Interested applicants should be aware that no application can be reviewed for funding until Pierce County has adopted a sales and use tax, authorized under RCW 82.14.460, the proceeds of which are directed to support chemical dependency or mental health treatment services.

To Commerce's knowledge at the time of this NOFA's publication, Pierce COunty has not adopted the tax.

Please download the NOFA below and carefully read all the requirements before completing your Health Homes application

Operations and Maintenance Fund (O&M)

O&M funds are only available for multi-family rental Housing Trust Fund projects. However, due to insufficient funding, the Department of Commerce is not making any new O&M awards at this time.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Enhancement

If your project is located in a CDBG non-entitlement jurisdiction and needs funding for off-site infrastructure work or related community facilities, please visit the CDBG Specialty Grants page for information regarding the CDBG program, the required partnership with the local government, and other requirements.

Program Links

Update Forms

Resources

Application and Award Lists

Contact

Sean Harrington
sean.harrington@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2995

Washington State Department of Commerce
Housing Trust Fund
1011 Plum St SE
PO Box 42525
Olympia WA 98504-2525

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