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.
2019 Stage 2 Solicitation
The Housing Trust Fund team released a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for new affordable housing projects for low-income and special-needs populations. Applications will be considered for:
- Multifamily Rental and Homeownership projects seeking capital financing from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.
- Multifamily Rental and Homeownership projects seeking funding to implement Ultra High Energy Efficient (UHEE) elements designed to reach net-zero or Passive House standards.
- Multifamily Rental and Homeownership projects seeking state match(es) on private charitable contributions.
- Multifamily Rental projects seeking capital financing from the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs.
Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by NOON, on September 18, 2019. Award announcements are anticipated for December of 2019.
Please download and carefully review the 2019 NOFA for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance.
The slides from the 2019 Stage 2 Workshop Presentation should be reviewed and referenced when you complete your application.
The 2019 NOFA, application materials, and workshop information can be found in the folder linked below:
- All interested applicants can submit Stage 2 applications, regardless of whether they submitted a 2019 Stage 1 application.
- 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. A Commerce-specific question and answer document is also available.
If you have questions about any of the information contained on this webpage or the NOFA, contact Sean Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 725-2995 before August 16, 2019.
2019 and 2020 Stage 1 Solicitation
On January 16, 2019, the Department of Commerce released a solicitation for Stage 1 applications for the 2019 and 2020 Housing Trust Fund funding cycles. Applications were due on February 20, 2019. The Housing Trust Fund program received 124 applications for a total request of $244.4 million. Please find the list of received Stage 1 applications available for download below:
Stage 1 applications include limited information and are only used to assess the statewide need and demand for the Housing Trust Fund in the upcoming 2019 and/or 2020 funding cycles. Stage 1 applications are not scored, nor will funding decisions be made based on these applications. Funding awards will be subject to review and approval of a completed Stage 2 application in 2019 or 2020.
Commerce conducted six workshops in May and June of 2019 for the Housing Trust Fund program.
The workshops included funding and compliance topics covering:
- Washington State Housing Trust Fund
- National Housing Trust Fund
- HOME Programs
- Housing Preservation Program
- Compliance – How to stay in compliance with these funding sources
- **NEW** – Foundational Community Supports
Workshop presenters shared information on:
- 2019 Housing Trust Fund Program funding availability, application considerations, evaluation criteria, and timelines
- Foundational Community Support – Initiative 3 of the Healthier Washington Medicaid Transformation, including available services, eligibility criteria, and information on how to apply
- Monitoring for HTF compliance, including portfolio and asset management for multi-family properties and homeownership, placed in service processes, and information on compliance workouts: transfers, refinances, and restructures –When to reach out for assistance!
Staff from the Housing Trust Fund program also provided an hour at the end of each workshop to answer any additional questions, and dive deeper into discussions about the presentations.
The workshop flyer can be found here.
Workshop attendance was not a requirement to apply for funding. However, participation in a workshop may have improved an applicant’s understanding and ability to submit a competitive application.
The Department of Commerce is pleased to announce an award has been made to an affordable housing project in King County that will use innovative methods to address homelessness. A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) soliciting applications was released on November 16, 2018, in compliance with the Housing Trust Fund section of the 2018 supplemental capital budget (ESSB 6095, Chapter 298, Laws of 2018, section 1002, Paragraph (1)(f)(xi)). This NOFA is now closed as of January 17, 2019.
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced over $22.8 million in awards as a result of its 2018 funding cycle, totaling approximately 66 percent of the funds requested. Nine projects will build 381 units of affordable housing across the state. Click here to view the full list of awarded projects.
Please note: awards to multifamily projects whose budgets include Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) are contingent on securing 2019 LIHTCs.
Commerce published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the summer of 2018 to award approximately $10 million remaining from the 2017-19 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) multifamily allocation.
In addition, the HTF also awarded approximately $8 million from the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs during the 2018 funding cycle. The Legislature also appropriated $5 million for housing projects that would benefit households displaced by Governor-declared disasters and these funds in the 2018 funding cycle awards as well.
Applicants were encouraged to apply for the Stage 2 round, regardless of whether they applied during the Stage 1 round. Stage 1 applications are NOT a requirement to apply for the Stage 2 round.
Some applicants were also required to 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. A Commerce-specific question and answer document is available for your reference.
Applicants that sought funding for homeownership projects or programs were required to undergo an Organizational Capacity Assessment. Please read Chapter 7, Section 702.1.1 of the HTF Handbook for more details about the Assessment.
The Department of Commerce announced over $9 million in awards as a result of the 2018 Housing Preservation Program funding round, offering awards to 23 of the 38 applications received. Click here to view a full list of the awarded projects.
For information about the Housing Preservation Program, please visit the program’s webpage here.
The Department of Commerce awarded $53 million to multifamily projects and $4 million to homeownership projects, totaling approximately 58 percent of the amount requested by applicants. This constitutes approximately 84 percent of the Housing Trust Fund’s 2017-19 multifamily allocation, and 100 percent of its homeownership allocation. Click here to view the full list of awarded projects.
Please note: awards to multifamily projects whose budgets included Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) were contingent on securing 2018 or 2019 LIHTCs.
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 here.
Stage 1 applications include limited information and are used to identify a pool of projects that appear viable, ready, and eligible for funding in upcoming cycles. Stage 1 applications are not scored, nor are funding decisions made based on these applications.
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.
A solicitation is continuously open for affordable housing projects seeking funding for the development of a Health Home project in Pierce County. Interested applicants should be aware that an application cannot 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 the Health Homes application.
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.
Applying to the Housing Trust Fund
Policy Advisory Team
Evergreen Sustainable Development
Housing Trust Fund Handbook (PDF)
Housing Preservation Program
Landlord Mitigation Program
Operations and Maintenance Fund
Property Management Resources
Housing Trust Fund Reports
National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)
2019 HTF Workshop Slides (web)
Ultra High Energy Efficiency Funding Plan (PDF)
WSQA Questions and Answers (Word)
HOME GP CHDO Certification Form (Word)
WA State Quality Award Program (WSQA) (web)
WSQA Guidance (web)
Budget Update Forms (Excel)
2017 Workshop Slides – Stage 2 HTF Application (PDF)
2017 Workshop Slides – HTF Amendments and Preservation (PDF)
Applications and Award Lists
2018 Round Awards List (PDF)
2018 King County NOFA (web)
2018 Stage 2 Applications Received (web)
2018 Funding Round NOFA (PDF)
2018 Housing Preservation Awards List (PDF)
2017 Round – State HTF Awards (PDF)
Second Addendum to the 2017 Stage 2 Solicitation (PDF)
2017 Round -HOME and NHTF Awards (PDF)
First Addendum to 2017 Stage 2 Round (Word)
2017 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2017 Stage 2 Solicitation for Applications (PDF)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Applications Received REVISED 3/30/17 (PDF)
2016 Awards List (PDF)
2016 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2016 Health Homes Competitive Applications (PDF)
2016 Stage 2 Invitation (PDF)
2016 Stage 1 Applications Received (PDF)
2016 Funding Round NOFA (PDF)
2015 Awards List (PDF)
2015 Stage 2 Applications Received (PDF)
2015 Stage 1 Applications Received (PDF)