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.

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 to 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. Please see the preliminary timeline included in the Stage 1 Solicitation for further information on significant dates for the upcoming Stage 2 round.

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.

Stage 2 HTF Application Workshop Slides (PDF)
Amendment and Portfolio Preservation Slides (PDF)

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