Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Urban Indian Health Institute

Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Urban Indian Health Institute

The report Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: A snapshot of data from 71 urban cities in the United States highlights “the maze of injustice that impacts Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) cases and demonstrates how they are made to disappear in life, the media and in data.”. Published by the Urban Indian Health Institute, the report identifies Seattle as having the highest number of MMIWG

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

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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Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

Washington Commerce Director Bonlender announces planned departure

Bonlender’s tenure includes rebuilding state’s economic development apparatus, launching new ways to fight homelessness, establishing new capital programs in energy, mental health and early learning. Olympia, WA – Brian Bonlender today announced his planned departure as director of the Washington Department of Commerce. He has been in the position since Feb. 1, 2013, and his last day with Commerce will be Jan. 15, 2019. Bonlender, 48, said that while the

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$10.5 million in grants awarded to 17 rural Washington communities

$10.5 million in grants awarded to 17 rural Washington communities

Grants from $24,000 to $750,000 will fund vital local infrastructure and services throughout the state OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that 17 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for 2018. Nineteen projects were selected from 31 grant applications requesting almost $18 million. They will improve rural water, sewer, streets and fire protection systems;

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Request for comments on forthcoming request for proposal for developmental disabilities ombuds program

Pursuant to RCW 43.382.005, the Department of Commerce shall designate, by a competitive bidding process, the nonprofit organization that will contract to operate the ombuds. The selection process must include consultation of stakeholders in the development of the Request for Proposals (RFP) and evaluation of bids. Commerce completed the initial solicitation 17-36601-101 in early 2017. DRW was chosen to be the Developmental Disabilities (DD) ombuds. However, that solicitation’s performance period

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Request for Proposal: Commerce soliciting proposals for administration of Low-Income Weatherization program

Commerce is soliciting proposals from firms interested in participating in a project to administer a Low-Income Weatherization (WX) Program in Washington’s Klickitat and Skamania counties for the purpose of increasing energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reducing household energy expenditures, and addressing identified health and safety concerns within the scope of the program. Successful bidder(s) must be Washington-based local public or private non-profit agency, community action

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Conference provided opportunities for communities to learn more about Opportunity Zones

Conference provided opportunities for communities to learn more about Opportunity Zones

Thank you to everyone who made the Washington State Opportunity Zone Conference a huge success! Over 250 people attended the event, which was held in Seattle on Nov. 15 and hosted by Washington State Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the National Development Council (NDC). Special thanks to Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, who kicked off the event and to Emcees Craig Nulte, Federal Reserve Bank

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