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.
The Housing Trust Fund is now soliciting Stage 1 Applications for the 2019 and 2020 funding rounds. Please download the solicitation document and application below to review the requirements and further detail regarding this solicitation:
2019 Stage 1 Solicitation (PDF)
2019 and 2020 Stage 1 Application Form (Excel)
If after reviewing the solicitation you have any questions, including questions regarding the HTF application process, please contact Sean Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 725-2995.
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, Laws of 2018, section 1002, Paragraph (1)(f)(xi)). This NOFA is now closed. The original solicitation and application materials can be viewed here:
2018 King County Notice of Funding Availability (web) – CLOSED
2018 King County Application (web) – CLOSED
The Housing Finance Unit is happy to announce over $22.8 million in awards as a result of its 2018 funding round, or approximately 66% of the funds requested. Commerce was able to draw on over $8m in available federal funds, allowing a total of nine projects to receive awards, and contributing to the addition of 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.
UPDATE: 2018 Awards List (web)
The 2018 HTF Housing Preservation Program (HPP) funding round is complete. The HTF was able to fund 23 of the 38 applications received, for a total amount of $9,890,679.
The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) solicitation for applications from the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Preservation Program closed June 30, 2018.
For information about the Housing Preservation Program NOFA or application, please refer to our FAQ – Housing Preservation Program NOFA & Application 6/1/18 (PDF)
UPDATE: Announcing the 2017 Awards
The 2017 HTF funding round has reached its long-delayed conclusion. HTF is awarding $53,007,001 to Multifamily projects and $4,444,000 to Homeownership projects, or approximately 58 percent of the total amount requested by our applicants. This constitutes approximately 84 percent of HTF’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 include Low Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTCs”) are contingent on securing 2018 or 2019 LIHTCs.
2018 Funding Cycle News
Currently, HTF is drawing up plans to publish a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) in Summer of 2018 to award the approximately $10 million remaining in its 2017-19 multifamily allocation.
In addition, HTF anticipates receiving approximately $8 million from the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs, and plans to add these funds to the 2018 NOFA. Furthermore, the Legislature also appropriated $5 million for housing projects that would benefit households displaced by Governor-declared disasters. HTF plans to include these funds in the 2018 NOFA, as well.
Requirements are currently being discussed for the 2018 Round, but HTF remains committed that the submittal of Stage 1 applications will not be among them. Additional information will be published here and distributed via our email list as it becomes available.
NOTES: All interested applicants could apply in Stage 2 regardless of whether they applied in Stage 1.
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. There is also a Commerce-specific question and answer document.
Applicants seeking funding for a homeownership project or program must undergo an Organizational Capacity Assessment. Please read Chapter 7, Section 702.1.1 of the HTF Handbook for more details about the Assessment
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 for download below.
Stage 1 applications include limited information and are used to identify a pool of projects that appear viable, ready, and eligible for funding in the 2017 and 2018 funding cycles. Stage 1 applications are not scored, nor will funding decisions be made based on these applications. The first funding awards will be subject to review and approval of a completed Stage 2 application.
2017-2018 Solicitation for Stage 1 Applications (PDF) (no longer active – Stage 1 applications were due on February 13, 2017)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Applications Received REVISED 3/30/17 (PDF)
2017-2018 Stage 1 Application (Excel) (no longer active – Stage 1 applications were due on February 13, 2017)
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.
Applications are solicited for affordable housing projects seeking funding for the development of a Health Home project in Pierce County. Interested applicants should be aware that no application can 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 your 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)
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 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)