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.
The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) is soliciting applications for funding from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) to ensure the long-term viability of the existing HTF multifamily rental portfolio. Interested applicants should review the 2018 Housing Preservation Program NOFA posted below to determine eligibility. If you have a preservation project that meets all of the NOFA criteria, please submit a completed Housing Preservation Program Application (both the Word & Excel documents) with all required supplemental documentation no later than June 30, 2018.
For answers to questions related to the Housing Preservation Program NOFA or Application, please refer to the FAQ below. If your questions are not answered by the FAQ and it is between April 02 and June 01, 2018, you may contact the HTF Housing Preservation Program Lead, Tanya Mercier, directly at 360-725-2936 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Announcing the 2017 Awards
The 2017 HTF funding round has reached its long-delayed conclusion. HTF is awarding $53,007,001 to Multifamily projects and $4,444,000 to Homeownership projects, or approximately 58 percent of the total amount requested by our applicants. This constitutes approximately 84 percent of HTF’s 2017-19 Multifamily allocation, and 100 percent of its Homeownership allocation. Click here to view the full list of awarded projects.
Please note: awards to Multifamily projects whose budgets include Low Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTCs”) are contingent on securing 2018 or 2019 LIHTCs.
2018 Funding Cycle News
Currently, HTF is drawing up plans to publish a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) in Summer of 2018 to award the approximately $10 million remaining in its 2017-19 multifamily allocation.
In addition, HTF anticipates receiving approximately $8 million from the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs, and plans to add these funds to the 2018 NOFA. Furthermore, the Legislature also appropriated $5 million for housing projects that would benefit households displaced by Governor-declared disasters. HTF plans to include these funds in the 2018 NOFA, as well.
Requirements are currently being discussed for the 2018 Round, but HTF remains committed that the submittal of Stage 1 applications will not be among them. Additional information will be published here and distributed via our email list as it becomes available.
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
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.
2017-2018 Solicitation for Stage 1 Applications (PDF) (no longer active – Stage 1 applications were due on February 13, 2017)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Applications Received REVISED 3/30/17 (PDF)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Application (Excel) (no longer active – Stage 1 applications were due on February 13, 2017)
Anonymous – from Seattle workshop survey
“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.
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.
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.
Applying to the Housing Trust Fund
Policy Advisory Team
Evergreen Sustainable Development
Housing Trust Fund Handbook (PDF)
Housing Preservation Program
Landlord Mitigation Program
Operations and Maintenance Fund
Property Management Resources
Housing Trust Fund Reports
National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)
Applications and Award Lists
2017 Round – State HTF Awards (PDF)
Second Addendum to the 2017 Stage 2 Solicitation (PDF)
2017 Round -HOME and NHTF Awards (PDF)
First Addendum to 2017 Stage 2 Round (Word)
2017 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2017 Stage 2 Solicitation for Applications (PDF)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Applications Received REVISED 3/30/17 (PDF)
2016 Awards List (PDF)
2016 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2016 Health Homes Competitive Applications (PDF)
2016 Stage 2 Invitation (PDF)
2016 Stage 1 Applications Received (PDF)
2016 Funding Round NOFA (PDF)
2015 Awards List (PDF)
2015 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2015 Stage 1 Applications Received (PDF)