Washington selected to participate in new HUD, HHS Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator program

Washington selected to participate in new HUD, HHS Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator program

Only eight states and D.C. were selected for the new program OLYMPIA, WA — Washington state was recently selected for technical assistance resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator (Accelerator) program. According to a press release from HHS, the Accelerator will help unlock resources to reduce homelessness by addressing health-related social needs, such…

Governor appoints Aaron Wheeler to lead Washington State Broadband Office

Governor appoints Aaron Wheeler to lead Washington State Broadband Office

Wheeler has nearly 20 years’ experience working with Tribes and underserved communities OLYMPIA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Aaron Wheeler to serve as director of the Washington State Broadband Office within the Department of Commerce. Wheeler is an information technology professional with 18 years of experience working with the Suquamish Tribe’s government. “Rural internet access is a priority in Washington, and Aaron’s experience will help everyone get connected no…

Commerce awards additional $685,000 to jurisdictions planning for more middle housing options

Commerce awards additional $685,000 to jurisdictions planning for more middle housing options

The second round of middle housing grants supports communities creating a greater variety of housing types to respond to housing needs at all income levels  OLYMPIA, WA – The Department of Commerce today announced an additional $685,000 in grants for 14 jurisdictions to support the adoption of local comprehensive plan policies and zoning codes to allow more middle housing in residential neighborhoods. These awards follow the first funding round that provided…

Public Works Board approves $2 million in emergency construction, $3.1 million in preconstruction grants and loans

Public Works Board approves $2 million in emergency construction, $3.1 million in preconstruction grants and loans

Emergency funds will repair water, sewer and bridge projects in Pierce, Klickitat and Pend Oreille counties. Pre-construction loans and grants will support planning for six critical water projects across Washington.  OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Public Works Board (PWB) recently approved $5.1 million in critical infrastructure projects in eight communities. Awards include $2 million in emergency construction projects and approximately $3.1 million in pre-construction funding. The emergency construction projects will fund work…