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 Solicitation

  1. The Housing Trust Fund team has now released a Solicitation for 2017 Stage 2 Applications for new affordable housing projects seeking funding from both the State Housing Trust Fund and the Federal HOME or National Housing Trust Fund programs.

  2. The Washington State Legislature adjourned on July 20, 2017, without having passed a Capital Budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. At this time, Department of Commerce has no funds available to award through the State Housing Trust Fund program. However, Commerce believes that it is in the interest of all projects currently in active pre-development to apply in response to this Solicitation and that we maintain the anticipated annual application timeline to the greatest degree possible.  Once the Legislature comes to an agreement and passes a 2017-2019 Capital Budget, Commerce wants to be in a position to make funding decisions, to allow projects needing Housing Trust Fund moneys to secure commitments from other local and private sources. This is particularly true for projects planning to apply to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in early 2018.

  3. With these considerations in mind, and given the fact that the Capital Budget bill passed in the House (House Passed EHB 1075, 7/1/2017) and the bill awaiting a vote in the Senate (Senate Bill 5981, 07/20/17) had almost identical Housing Trust Fund appropriations, the Stage 2 Solicitation below has been prepared on the assumption that an enacted 2017-2019 Capital Budget will be structured in a similar fashion.

  4. Please note that no final funding decisions or awards will be made for any state HTF funds unless and until a 2017-2019 Capital Budget is passed by the Legislature and enacted by the Governor. If a Capital Budget is passed with sufficient time for decision-making (which may require additional information from the applicants and additional time to review), Commerce will make all reasonable efforts to announce award decisions by the end of December 2017.

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

  6. Multifamily Rental
  7. Table of Contents & Affidavits
  8. CFA Forms - CORRECTIONS POSTED 9/8/17(Excel)
  9. CFA Sections (Word)
  10. HTF Addendum (Word)

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

  16. NOTES: All interested applicants will be welcome to apply in Stage 2 regardless of whether they applied in Stage 1.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 Handbookfor 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.

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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