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 Funding Cycle Update & Stage 2 Applications

The Department of Commerce has received 76 Stage 2 applications to the Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing projects across the state. The list can be viewed here. (PDF)

The proposed projects intend to develop over 3,500 units and beds of low-income affordable housing for persons with chronic mental illnesses, persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors, homeless families with children, homeless youth, farmworkers, and first-time homebuyers.

The Washington State Legislature adjourned in July 2017, without having passed a Capital Budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. As a result, Commerce remains in the position of not having funding available to make awards. The Housing Trust Fund team will nevertheless proceed with preliminary review of the applications received, with the intent of being positioned to act quickly when funds become available. In the absence of a Capital Budget, and given that Commerce temporarily suspended its requirement of applicants to provide third-party studies containing information critical to making final decisions, Commerce will not be publishing any lists of preliminary rankings or award decisions.

When a Capital Budget is passed and enacted, and funds therefore made available, Commerce will initiate an “update” period. At that time, applicants will be invited to submit—in the least amount of time practicable—the necessary third-party studies, along with any additional information needed or required in the Capital Budget. Should timelines prove difficult, Commerce reserves the right to discuss options with applicants.

For more details about the Stage 2 application requirements, please download the Stage 2 Solicitation and the application materials below.

Multifamily Rental

  • Table of Contents & Affidavits
  • CFA Forms - CORRECTIONS POSTED 9/8/17(Excel)
  • CFA Sections (Word)
  • HTF Addendum (Word)

  • Single Family Homeownership
  • Table of Contents & Affidavits
  • CFA-H Forms - CORRECTIONS POSTED 9/14/17 (Excel)
  • CFA-H Sections  (Word)
  • HTF Homeownership Addendum

  • NOTES: All interested applicants could apply in Stage 2 regardless of whether they applied in Stage 1.

    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.

    Stage 1 Applications

    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 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.

    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.

    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.
    *The Housing Trust Fund cannot pay for off-site infrastructure costs.

    Program Links

    Update Forms


    Application and Award Lists


    Sean Harrington
    Phone: 360-725-2995

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