Joint Legislative and Audit Review Committee (JLARC) Report

In 2017, the Legislature directed JLARC to analyze the costs of developing low- income housing. JLARC reviewed the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs.

Analyzing Development Costs for Low Income Housing

This report satisfies the reporting requirements of 2EHB 1115, Section 1033(5), and includes:
• Project costs compared to costs of traditional design and construction.
• Life-cycle costs.
• Use of sustainable resources.
• Energy savings and reduction of carbon footprint.
• Lessons learned.

Ultra-Efficient Affordable Housing Demonstration

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice examines a variety of sources related to furthering fair housing, the fair housing delivery system, and housing transactions that affect people who are protected under fair housing law.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (PDF)

The goal of the study was to examine the need for additional capital investments in rental properties funded by the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs.

Washington State Affordable Housing Portfolio Study (PDF)

A report of recommendations by the Department of Commerce for awarding Housing Trust Fund dollars in a cost-effective manner.

Increasing the Cost-Effectiveness of Housing Trust Fund Investments (PDF)

In 2007, the Washington State Legislature instructed the Department of Commerce, then the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, to prepare an inventory of housing assistance programs. See ESHB-1092, Sec 1031(11) for more detail.
The inventory includes:
• All state funded programs.
• Washington State Housing Finance Commission programs.
• All programs funded by local governments.
• Housing authorities.

Washington State Affordable Housing Inventory (PDF)

Department of Commerce, then the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, evaluated the development costs associated with building affordable housing funded by the Housing Trust Fund. See Chapter 328, Laws of 2008, Sec. 1005 for more detail.

Affordable Housing Cost Study (PDF)

Joint Legislative and Audit Review Committee (JLARC) Report
In the 2007-09 Biennial Operating Budget, the Legislature directed JLARC to conduct an evaluation and comparison of the cost efficiency of rental housing voucher programs versus other approaches to provide housing assistance. See SHB 1128 Sec. 103(3) for more detail.

Comparing Costs & Characteristics of Housing Assistance Programs (PDF)

The Farmworker Housing Program, formerly a separate program, has now ceased operations. During its operation, the program produced reports in 2005 and in 2007.

Farmworker Housing in Washington State: Safe, Decent and Affordable (March 2005) (PDF)
Farmworker Housing in Washington State: Progress to Date (December 2007) (PDF)