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.

Updated training videos for the multifamily and homeownership application process are now available on the Resources & Trainings page. 

$30 million available for multifamily rental projects utilizing Bond 4% Tax Credits. Applications are due by NOON on February 16, 2022.

Department of Commerce is happy to announce a new solicitation for projects seeking capital funding to develop affordable housing for people with low incomes in Washington State.

Applications will be considered for Multifamily/Rental housing projects seeking capital financing from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund AND from the Bond/4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

Please download and carefully review the 2021 Bond/4% Tax Credit Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. The NOFA and application materials are also available on the Applying to the Housing Trust Fund website. Please note that several NOFAs are published on our website concurrently. This is NOFA #HFU-2021-06.

Award announcements are anticipated for March of 2022.

The 2021 Bond/4% Tax Credit NOFA is primarily intended for applicants seeking to build new affordable housing units that will increase the affordable housing stock in Washington. Preservation and acquisition of existing housing are also eligible, but they are NOT the primary focus of this NOFA. Existing Housing Trust Fund projects seeking funds for repairs or rehabilitation are encouraged to apply to the Housing Preservation Program.

Training videos are available to help complete an application with the Housing Trust Fund program. Please visit the HTF Resources & Trainings webpage to access the videos.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, or the NOFA, submit them to htfapp@commerce.wa.gov before the technical assistance period ends on January 18, 2022. Please be certain to indicate in the subject line of your email that your question is related to the Bond/4% Tax Credit NOFA #HFU-2021-06.

$15.3 million available for multifamily rental projects. Applications are due by NOON on February 16, 2022.

Department of Commerce is happy to announce a new solicitation for projects seeking capital funding to develop affordable housing for people with low incomes in Washington State.

Applications will be considered for Multifamily/Rental housing projects seeking capital financing from the federal HOME and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) programs.

Please download and carefully review the 2021 HOME & NHTF Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. The NOFA and application materials are also available on the Applying to the Housing Trust Fund website. Please note that several NOFAs are published on our website concurrently. This is NOFA #HFU-2021-05.

Award announcements are anticipated for March of 2022.

The 2021 HOME & NHTF NOFA is primarily intended for applicants seeking to build new affordable housing units that will increase the affordable housing stock in Washington. Preservation and acquisition of existing housing are also eligible, but they are NOT the primary focus of this NOFA. Existing Housing Trust Fund projects seeking funds for repairs or rehabilitation are encouraged to apply to the Housing Preservation Program.

Training videos are available to help complete an application with the Housing Trust Fund program. Please visit the HTF Resources & Trainings webpage to access the videos.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, or the NOFA, submit them to htfapp@commerce.wa.gov before the technical assistance period ends on January 18, 2022. Please be certain to indicate in the subject line of your email that your question is related to the HOME & NHTF NOFA #HFU-2021-05.

$20 million available for preservation of existing HTF properties. Applications were due on December 31, 2021.

Department of Commerce announced a new solicitation for projects seeking capital funding to preserve affordable housing in the Housing Trust Fund portfolio.

Applications were considered for existing Housing Trust Fund multifamily rental projects seeking preservation funding.

The 2021 HTF Housing Preservation Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) identifies specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. 

Award announcements are anticipated for March of 2022.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, or the NOFA, submit them to htfhpp@commerce.wa.gov before the technical assistance period ends on November 30, 2021. Please be certain to indicate in the subject line of your email that your question is related to the HTF Housing Preservation NOFA #HFU-2021-04.

Learn more about the HTF Housing Preservation program here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/housing-preservation-program/

$51.3 million awarded to acquire 10 properties that will create 487 units

Department of Commerce awarded approximately $51.3 million in grants to 10 affordable housing projects throughout the state through Phase II of the Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition (RCHA) program. The complete list is available here.

The RCHA program offers capital funding to acquire real property for rapid conversion into enhanced emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, permanent housing, youth housing, drop-in center, or shelter for people with extremely low incomes, as well as people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, in Washington State.

The 2021 Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition NOFA (#HFU-2021-03) identified specific funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying, and dates of significance for applicants.

Phase I of the RCHA program was limited to organizations acquiring properties capable of housing people swiftly with minimal updates and evidence of local support.

Phases II of the RCHA program allowed for acquisition and rehabilitation activities with occupancy requirements within a specified period of time.

Funding for this program is now fully expended. Phase III of the RCHA program is postponed until further notice.

$80 million awarded to create or preserve 1,447 units

Department of Commerce awarded approximately $80 million in grants and loans for affordable housing projects in communities across the state. These funds will help create or preserve an estimated 1,281 multifamily rental units and provide assistance for 166 first time homebuyers. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF), solicited under the 2021 Traditional HTF & Cottages NOFA (#HFU-2021-02).

Click here to view the 2021 Traditional HTF & Cottages Awards

This is a historic level of commitment to housing access in our state, but there is more demand remaining. In addition to the awarded projects, there were 39 projects seeking $175 million in additional funding. This represents a large number of nonprofits and housing authorities with the capacity to deliver more units of permanent supportive housing, and quality affordable housing in communities across the state. Commerce is prepared to put additional funds to use in our community.

A few highlights from the awards include:

  • 249 units of affordable housing to be developed in rural areas of our state;
  • Over 500 units to house people who are experiencing homelessness;
  • 135 units to serve people with chronic mental illness;
  • 166 homes provided to first-time homebuyers;
  • An average of $5 dollars leveraged for each state dollar invested.

85 applications were received for projects seeking $283 million in capital funding to develop affordable housing for people with low incomes in Washington State. The Housing Trust Fund administers a competitive process to allocate the State’s investments in coordination with other public funders. This biennium, the capital budget allocated $155 million in state bond proceeds, roughly 15% is reserved for direct appropriations or projects impacted by recent escalations in material and labor pricing.

The 2021 Traditional HTF/Cottages Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) detailed specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance.

$3.5 million awarded to preserve 58 multifamily rental units

Department of Commerce awarded approximately $3.5 million in grants for two (2) affordable housing projects in rural areas of the state. See the complete list here.

These funds will help preserve an estimated 58 multifamily rental units in projects that are at risk of losing their affordability due to expiration of use restrictions. Funding comes from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, solicited under the 2021 Continuing Affordability NOFA #HFU-2021-01 in June 2021. The list of applications received in response to the NOFA can be viewed here.

The 2021 Continuing Affordability Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) outlined specific information regarding eligibility, funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying, and dates of significance.

Commerce intends to reopen the Continuing Affordability opportunity later in 2021. If you have questions about any of the information in this announcement, please send your inquiries to: htfapp@commerce.wa.gov. Please be certain to indicate in the subject line of your email that your question is related to the Continuing Affordability NOFA.

$397 million anticipated to be requested in 2021/2022 funding rounds

On February 18, 2021, the Department of Commerce released a solicitation for pre-applications (FKA: Stage 1) to survey the need for the upcoming 2021 and 2022 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) funding cycles. Applications were due on March 25, 2021.

Commerce received 159 submittals in response to the 2021/2022 Pre-Application Solicitation. The total request finds $397 million needed for the construction or preservation of almost 8,772 units of affordable housing, including 126 shelter beds. The list of 2021/2022 pre-applications received is available at the link below.

2021/2022 HTF Pre-Applications Received

Submittals were received for multifamily/rental projects, homeownership-type projects, shelters, preservation of existing affordable housing (HTF portfolio or otherwise), projects utilizing innovative production methods (modular, tiny homes, cottages, etc.), and other HTF eligible project types.

The submittals will not be scored, nor will funding decisions for projects be made based on these pre-applications. Rather, they will be used to showcase the statewide need and project pipeline for the Housing Trust Fund in the upcoming 2021 and 2022 competitive funding cycles.

The 2021/2022 Pre-Application Solicitation can be viewed here.

The announcement for the next competitive funding round is scheduled for June 2021, pending the passage of the 2021-2023 Biennial Budget.

$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.

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

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