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.

The Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit is announcing a new solicitation for applications seeking capital funding for the development of affordable housing for low-income households in Washington state.

Commerce will consider applications for Rental and Homeownership projects seeking:

    • Capital financing from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund
    • Capital financing from the federal HOME and/or National Housing Trust Fund programs (only for rental projects)
    • Capital financing to match private charitable commitments
    • Supplemental capital funding through the Ultra-High Energy Efficiency (UHEE) program to implement elements designed to enable projects to achieve net-zero energy use or certification under the Passive House standard

Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by NOON, Sept. 29, 2020. Commerce anticipates announcing awards in Dec. 2020.

Please download and carefully review the 2020 Traditional HTF Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) and application materials below for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying and dates of significance.

Click here for 2020 Traditional HTF NOFA & Application Materials.

The 2020 Traditional HTF Funding Round (formerly known as “Stage 2”) is primarily intended for applicants seeking to build new affordable housing units and thus increase the affordable housing stock in Washington. Preservation and acquisition of existing housing are also eligible, but they are NOT the main priority for this NOFA. Existing Housing Trust Fund projects seeking funds for repairs or rehabilitation are encouraged to apply to the Housing Preservation Program. When the Legislature appropriates more funding for this purpose, Commerce will announce a separate funding round.

If you have questions about any of the information contained in this announcement or the NOFA, submit them to htfapp@commerce.wa.gov before the technical assistance period ends on Aug. 3, 2020. Please be sure to include the NOFA reference number #HFU-2020-04 in the subject line of your email.

The Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit announces a special funding opportunity for organizations seeking capital funding to develop affordable Community Housing and Cottage Communities for homeless individuals and households.

Applications will be considered for projects seeking to build housing centered around the development of a persistent supportive community for individuals or households presently experiencing homelessness. Projects will need to develop a minimum of four permanent, individual dwellings that are comfortably habitable year round.

Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by NOON, on September 29, 2020. Award announcements are anticipated for Dec. of 2020.

Please download and carefully review the 2020 Community Housing/Cottage Communities Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and application materials below for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance.

Click here for the 2020 Community Housing/Cottage Communities NOFA and Application Materials

If you have questions about any of the information contained in this announcement or the NOFA, submit them to htfapp@commerce.wa.gov before the technical assistance period ends on Aug. 3, 2020. Please be certain to include the NOFA reference number #HFU-2020-03 in the subject line of your email.

The Housing Finance Unit is now soliciting capital funding applications for new affordable Modular housing projects.

Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2020.

Modular housing funds were allocated in the 2019-2021 capital budget Substitute House Bill 1102, Section 1029(1)(b). Eligible organizations seeking capital funding to construct Modular housing that will serve homeless at entry individuals for a minimum of fifty (50) years are encouraged to apply.

Organizations were encouraged to submit concept-only proposals for modular projects in the Fall of 2019 (the “2019 Stage 1 MODULAR Solicitation”). This was to assess demand and possible projects in the pipeline. Stage 1 applications were NOT evaluated for funding decisions. The list of organizations that applied is published here.

Having submitted a proposal in response to the 2019 Stage 1 MODULAR Solicitation is NOT a pre-requisite to apply to the 2020 MODULAR Housing round. We encourage all eligible organizations to apply during this round and any future rounds. Eligibility is described in the 2020 MODULAR Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Please download and carefully review the 2020 MODULAR Housing NOFA for specific information regarding funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance.

2020 MODULAR Housing NOFA & Application Materials

The Housing Trust Fund team held a webinar on modular housing on Sept. 5, 2019, to discuss the available funds allocated in the 2019-21 capital budget and to collect feedback before soliciting the 2019 Stage 1 concept applications. Participants of the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications on the funds available. 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.

If you have questions about any of the information contained in this announcement or the NOFA, send 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 MODULAR NOFA.

The Housing Finance Unit is now soliciting capital funding applications for affordable multifamily rental housing projects at risk of losing affordability due to the expiration of use restrictions.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting on July 1, 2020, and until all available funds are exhaustedSee NOFA for details.  

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.  

Please download and carefully review the 2020 Affordability Preservation Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) specific information regarding eligibility, funding requirements and priorities, the process for applying, and dates of significance.

2020 Affordability Preservation NOFA & Application Materials

The technical assistance period is now closed effective June 17, 2020. A Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document is now available for applicants needing further clarification.

Commerce received 11 pre-applications for the Stage 1 2019 MODULAR Affordable Housing solicitation. To view the list of pre-applications received, visit here.

Commerce will not make funding decisions based on the Stage 1 pre-applications it received. Stage 1 pre-applications were due by November 18, 2019.

The information in these pre-applications will assist Commerce with planning a Stage 2 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 Stage 2 solicitation in early 2020, with an announcement of awards in early summer 2020.

To view the original Stage 1 2019 MODULAR Affordable Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), visit here.

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 about any of the information contained in this announcement or the NOFA, contact Ann Campbell, Underwriting and Project Development Supervisor, at ann.campbell@commerce.wa.gov, or (360) 725-2983.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is excited to announce the 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 M. 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). Click here to view the complete list of awarded projects.

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.

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.

2019 Traditional Stage 2 Awards Announced

The Department of Commerce is happy to announce 46 projects that will receive funding from the 2019 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​.

2019 Stage 2 Applications Received

Commerce received 81 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 Stage 2 applications received can be viewed here.

The HTF team will review and evaluate the applications and anticipate making award announcements on or around December 18, 2019.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information. If you feel the Stage 2 list is incorrect (e.g., that your organization’s application has been omitted, the number of units is listed incorrectly, etc.), please contact Sean Harrington via email at sean.harrington@commerce.wa.gov, or at (360) 725-2995.

2019 Stage 2 Solicitation

The Housing Trust Fund team released a Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) for new affordable housing projects. Applications were due by noon on 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 Stage 2 NOFA. A Questions and Answers document is also available.

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 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:

2019 and 2020 Stage 1 Applications Received

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.

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.

2019/2020 Traditional HTF Pre- Solicitation (aka Stage 1)

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:

2019 and 2020 Stage 1 Applications Received

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.

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. 

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