News Release: State program to help reimburse landlords for property damage

Department of Commerce launches “landlord mitigation” program, offering up to $5,000 for landlords serving tenants who use HUD housing vouchers OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Department of Commerce today announced a new program designed to provide relief to landlords whose property has been damaged by a tenant who used a federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing choice voucher, also known as a “Section 8” voucher, or a Veterans Affairs supportive

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M.A. Leonard named Chair of Affordable Housing Advisory Board

New chair will focus on linking affordable housing systems and homeless services, and coordination of state efforts to meet the state’s demand for affordable housing OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed M.A. Leonard as chair of the state’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Leonard started her term with a special meeting Jan. 26 to set legislative priorities in Olympia. “With housing costs rising far faster than middle and lower incomes, particularly for

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Commerce introduces bill to address unfair practices in manufactured housing industry

Agency proposes to study, make recommendations for action to protect consumers Manufactured homes are an important source of housing and provide homeownership opportunities for people who might otherwise be unable to afford a home, including seniors and low-income households. In stark contrast with conventional homes, however, buyers of manufactured homes do not enjoy equal protections under the law, making them more vulnerable to unfair and sometimes predatory business practices. At

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State Board supports economic feasibility studies in Cowlitz, and Clallam counties

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $130,000 targeting business growth and job creation for the city of Kalama, Longview Public Development Authority and Quileute Tribal Council. Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the city of Kalama for the Kalama Downtown Economic Revitalization Implementation Strategy, a feasibility study to update the city’s economic development plan, evaluate and develop a plan for additional support services and a market analysis to identify target industries

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Nearly 400,000 Washington households pay over half their income on housing

New housing study from Affordable Housing Advisory Board is most comprehensive in a decade Over 390,000 Washington households pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing expenses, Faith Li Pettis, chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB), told the Legislature today. “Since 2000, incomes in the state have declined by 2.4 percent but median rents have increased 7.8 percent in real dollars,” Pettis said. “Over the next

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State awards $28.9 million for affordable housing projects

Funds will support 479 units of affordable housing and nearly 300 beds for low-income people OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today awarded $28.98 million in loans and grants from the state’s Housing Trust Fund for 15 affordable housing projects in nine counties across the state. These projects will provide a total of 479 units of affordable housing for low-income households, 200 beds for migrant seasonal farmworkers, 66 beds

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