Strengthening Communities and Growing Washington's Economy

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Behavioral Health Facilities Grants

Behavioral Grant - Kitsap Triage Center

This program awards grants through a competitive process to community hospitals and other community entities to expand and to create new capacity for behavioral health services. Application deadline is Jan. 30.

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Loans for Low-Income Rural Home Owners

Saving money for a home expense

This new program will provide deferred loans up to $40,000 to rural, low-income households that need repairs and improvements on their primary residence for health, safety or durability. Homeowners earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible. 

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Emily Grossman

Commerce policy advisor speaks on housing needs in Shelton

Housing availability, housing affordability and the missing middle were the main topics of discussion at the Workforce Housing Summit on Jan. 3 in Mason County. “There is a portion of the housing inventory that is not being built in the middle continuum that is affordable to folks who are making 80 to 125 percent of the average income levels,” said Emily Grossman, lead policy advisor for the Community Services and

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Washington Maritime Blue launches ambitious plan for economic growth, jobs, ocean health

Washington state’s diverse maritime sector establishes cluster organization, rallies around collaborative strategy to achieve decarbonization, global innovation hub, 21st Century workforce, growing working waterfronts. SEATTLE, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today joined his Maritime Innovation Advisory Council and a host of leading voices for the roll out of Washington Maritime Blue, a comprehensive plan setting the course for taking the industry to the highest level of global clean maritime leadership.

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A new housing project takes shape

Washington Department of Commerce awards $22.8 million for affordable housing projects.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $22.8 million in grants and loans for nine affordable housing projects in communities throughout the state. See the complete list here. These funds will help provide an estimated 301 multi-family rental units/beds, and 80 seasonal farmworker beds. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, and federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs. “Our state Housing Trust Fund

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