Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Unity Village in White Center Project serving low income families since 2012.
Project serving low-income families since 2012 at Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Unity Village in White Center.

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.

This solicitation round is now open. Pre-applications are due by NOON on March 25, 2021.

The Department of Commerce is accepting pre-applications (formerly referred to as “Stage 1” applications) for affordable housing projects that plan to seek capital funding in the 2021 and 2022 competitive funding cycles.

Pre-applications submitted in response to this solicitation are not scored, nor will funding decisions for projects be made based on these pre-applications. Rather, they will be used to assess the statewide need and project pipeline for the Housing Trust Fund in the upcoming 2021 and 2022 competitive funding cycles. Although a pre-application is NOT a requirement for applying to future competitive funding rounds, Commerce encourages all interested applicants to submit a pre-application. 

Pre-applications may be submitted for multifamily/rental projects, homeownership-type projects, shelters, housing preservation (HTF portfolio or otherwise), innovative housing (modular, tiny homes, cottages, etc.), and any other HTF eligible project types.

Please download and read the 2021/2022 Pre-Application Solicitation and the application materials for complete details.

$85 million awarded to 30 affordable housing projects

The Department of Commerce is happy to announce that 30 projects will receive funding awards from the 2020 Traditional HTF Funding Round. A total of $85 million in grants and loans will help develop an estimated 1,525 units of affordable housing across the state. To view the list of award recipients, click here​.

Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit published a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) in June of 2020 for projects seeking capital funding to develop affordable housing in Washington state. 73 applications were received for the 2020 Traditional Housing Trust Fund (“HTF”) funding round, including 11 for Homeownership projects. The total $190 million request included: $181 million from the State HTF, National HTF, and HOME programs, $5.5 million from the Public-Private Match fund, and $3.6 million from the Ultra-High Energy Efficiency fund, all of which will fund the construction or preservation of almost 4,000 units of affordable housing. Click here for the list of 2020 Traditional HTF applications received.

The awarded affordable housing projects will serve a wide variety of individuals and families with lower incomes, including persons experiencing homelessness, those with chronic mental illnesses, persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors, farmworkers, as well as first-time homebuyers.

The 2020 Traditional HTF NOFA (#HFU 2020-04) and associated application materials, available at the link below, identified specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying and dates of significance for applicants. Click here for 2020 Traditional HTF NOFA & Application Materials (Closed).

$5.1 million awarded to three (3) cottage communities

The Department of Commerce is happy to announce three (3) projects will receive a total of $5.1 million to develop affordable cottage community housing for low-income homeless individuals and households. The projects will create 74 compact cottage units in rural areas of Washington. Each project will construct at least four permanent individual dwellings arranged in a “village,” all with a goal of fostering a sense of supportive community among the residents. The list of awards can be found here.

Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit received five (5) applications requesting a total of $9.1 million in Community Housing and Cottage Communities funding and $950k from the Public-Private Match fund. The list of applications received can be viewed here.

The 2020 Community Housing & Cottage Communities NOFA details specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. A Frequently Asked Questions document, including answers, was compiled from the questions received during the Technical Assistance period for the Community Housing & Cottage Communities NOFA (#HFU-2020-03). Click here to view the FAQ document.

$7 million awarded to four (4) modular housing projects

The Department of Commerce is happy to announce four (4) projects will receive a total of $7 million to construct modular housing that is designed to last for a minimum of 50 years. The projects will create 86 affordable housing units, primarily in rural parts of Washington, and will serve low-income individuals who are homeless at entry. The list of awards can be found here.

Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit awarded all of the projects that applied for the 2020 Modular Housing funds. The list of applications received can be viewed here.

The 2020 MODULAR Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) details specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. A Frequently Asked Questions document, including answers, was compiled from the questions received during the Technical Assistance period for the Modular Housing NOFA (#HFU-2020-02). Click here to view the FAQ document.

BACKGROUND: Modular Housing funds were appropriated in the 2019-2021 Capital Budget, Substitute House Bill 1102, Section 1029(1)(b), and amended in the 2020 Supplemental Capital Budget, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6248, Section 1003(1)(b).

After the biennial budget was passed, the Housing Trust Fund team held a webinar on modular housing (Sept. 5, 2019), to discuss the available funds and to collect feedback before soliciting applications. Participants of the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions, seek clarifications on the funds available, and provide input on the solicitation process. This dialog was instrumental in developing the direction being undertaken for the program. To review the 2019 webinar presentation slides and the questions and answers asked during the webinar, please visit here.

In the winter of 2019, organizations were encouraged to submit concept-only proposals for modular projects. This was to assess demand and possible projects in the pipeline. These “Stage 1” applications were not evaluated for funding decisions. The list of organizations that submitted 2019 Stage 1 applications is published here. Having submitted a Stage 1 proposal was not a pre-requisite to apply to the 2020 MODULAR Housing round.

$12.5 million awarded to preserve 7 affordable housing projects

The Department of Commerce announced that 7 affordable housing projects were awarded $12.5 million in grants located in rural communities throughout the state. See the complete list here.

These funds will help preserve an estimated 150 multifamily rental units in rural projects at risk of losing their affordability due to expiration of use low-income restrictions. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, solicited under the 2020 Affordability Preservation NOFA #HFU-2020-01 in June 2020.

Commerce received 8 applications, requesting over $14 million. Funding was available solely for the preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing projects at risk of losing affordability due to the expiration of use restrictions. The list of applications received can be viewed here.

BACKGROUND:

  • The 2020 Legislature appropriated $10 million to the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) [ESSB 6168, Section 127 §118] solely for the preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing that is at risk of losing affordability due to expiration of use restrictions that otherwise require affordability for low-income households.
  • The 2020 Affordability Preservation Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) outlined specific information regarding eligibility, funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying, and dates of significance.
  • A technical assistance period was offered prior to the applications acceptance date. A Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document was made available for interested applicants.

Commerce received 11 pre-applications for the 2019 MODULAR Affordable Housing solicitation. To view the list of pre-applications received, visit here.

Commerce did not make funding decisions based on the pre-applications received. Pre-applications were due by November 18, 2019. To view the 2019 MODULAR Affordable Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), visit here.

The information in these pre-applications will assist Commerce with planning a competitive solicitation for applications and determine how best to award funds appropriated for MODULAR housing projects in the 2019 Capital Budget – Substitute House Bill 1102, Section 1029(1)(b).

Commerce anticipates to release the competitive solicitation in early 2020.

The Housing Trust Fund team held a webinar on Sept. 5, 2019, to discuss the proposed funding timeline and collect feedback on the draft of the NOFA above. Participants of the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications on the funds available for this NOFA. To review the webinar presentation slides and the questions and answers asked during the webinar, please visit the link below.

2019 MODULAR Housing Webinar & FAQ

If you have questions, please contact Ann Campbell, Resource Allocation and Lending Manager, at ann.campbell@commerce.wa.gov, or (360) 725-2983.

$15.1 million awarded to preserve 934 units of affordable housing

The Department of Commerce announced awards for the 2019 Housing Preservation Program (HPP) funding round for existing Housing Trust Fund projects. The HPP was able to fund 32 of the 33 applications for a total of approximately $15.1 million. This important investment will help preserve and extend the affordability period for 934 units of affordable housing across our state, 677 of those benefitting extremely low-income households and individuals (below 30% of the area median income). The complete list of awarded projects is available at the link below.

2019 Housing Preservation Awards

Applications and all required supplemental documentation were due to Commerce on December 31, 2019. To view the Applications Received List or the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and application materials, visit the links below.

2019 HPP Applications Received List
Housing Preservation NOFA and Application Materials

For more information on the HPP and the 2019 funding round, please visit the Housing Preservation Program page

If you have any questions, please contact the HTF Housing Portfolio Preservation Program Manager, Angela Snow, at 360-725-2957 or angela.snow@commerce.wa.gov.

$2 million awarded for households displaced from a mobile or manufacture home 

The Housing Trust Fund team released a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for homeownership assistance for low-income households displaced from a mobile home or manufactured home in south King County on Aug. 23, 2019. 

Applications were considered from organizations able to:

  • Assist low-income households to obtain homeownership;
  • Provide in-person assistance in south King County; AND
  • Concentrate assistance primarily on households displaced by the closure or conversion of The Firs Mobile Home Park located in SeaTac.

Commerce reviewed applications in tiers. The final tier was due Dec. 2, 2019.

An application was received from Forterra NW in collaboration with El Centro de la Raza. The application demonstrated readiness to proceed and the ability to effectively assist displaced households in accordance with the NOFA. Commerce is working with Forterra NW to establish reasonable performance measures for the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities for the Firs residents.

If you have questions about this award, please contact Resource and Allocation and Lending Manager, Ann Campbell, at ann.campbell@commerce.wa.gov or (360) 725-2983.

$91.6 million awarded to 46 affordable housing projects

The Department of Commerce announced that 46 projects will receive awards from the 2019 Traditional HTF (Stage 2) funding round. A total of $91.6 million in grants and loans will help develop an estimated 2,434 units of affordable housing across the state. To view the final list of award recipients, click here​.

Commerce received 81 Traditional HTF (Stage 2) applications to the HTF, HOME, and National HTF programs for affordable housing projects across the state. The proposed projects intend to serve a wide variety of low-income and special needs populations, including persons with chronic mental illnesses, persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors, farmworkers, and homeless persons and families. The list of 2019 Traditional HTF (Stage 2) applications received can be viewed here.

The Housing Trust Fund team released a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for new affordable housing projects on June 17, 2019. Applications were due by September 18, 2019. Applications were 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.

For more details, please review the 2019 Traditional HTF (Stage 2) NOFA. A Questions and Answers document is also available with the NOFA documents.

NOTES:

  • All interested applicants were able to submit 2019 Stage 2 applications, regardless of whether they submitted a 2019 Stage 1 application.
  • Some applicants were 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.

2019 HTF WORKSHOP PRESENTATION SLIDES

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.

$244.4 million anticipated to be requested in 2019/2020 funding rounds

On January 16, 2019, the Department of Commerce released a solicitation for pre-applications (FKA: Stage 1) to survey the need for the upcoming 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 pre-applications available for download below:

2019 and 2020 Stage 1 Applications Received

Pre-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. Pre-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 Traditional HTF (Stage 2) application in 2019 or 2020.

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.

2017 Health Home Project NOFA (open continuous) (PDF)
Health Homes Application (Excel)
Health Homes NOFA – Q&A (PDF)

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.

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Need help?

Sean Harrington
sean.harrington@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2995

Washington State Department of Commerce
Housing Trust Fund
1011 Plum St SE
PO Box 42525
Olympia WA 98504-2525