Resources & Trainings

Resources and trainings to help navigate how to apply for funding to develop/rehabilitate/renovate/preserve multifamily rental or homeownership housing projects from the programs administered by the Multifamily Housing Unit.

Open funding availabilities and application materials are posted on the Applying to the Housing Trust Fund webpage.

2024 Presentations & Public Input Sessions

2024 Application Workshop Trainings

HTF Handbook Review

Over the course of 2024, the Housing Trust Fund will be providing multiple opportunities to get oriented to and provide input on the updates to the HTF Handbook, as we engage in a multi-part chapter-by-chapter public review process.

Chapter 1

A revised version of chapter 1, covering Housing Trust Fund statutory criteria, is now available for review on the Department of Commerce Box.

You can also view the original version on its own or compare the original to the new with a marked-up copy.

Chapter 2 & 3

A revised version of Chapter 2 (Funding Guidelines) and 3 (Application Requirements) are now available on the Department of Commerce Box.

Chapter 4

A revised version of Chapter 4 (Contract Development and Management) is now available.

Chapter 5

A revised version of Chapter 5 (Compliance Asset Management) is now available.

Chapter 6

The contents of existing Chapter 6 – “Operations and Maintenance” are undergoing a significant revision.

We have removed the HTF-O&M program from the HTF Handbook (previously Chapter 6 of the handbook).

In its place, we have developed standalone guidelines documents, creating more consistency between cost-reimbursement contracts for operations and maintenance expenditures.

The Housing Trust Fund Handbook will retain some prior Chapter 6 content and migrate that content into Chapter 5 of the new handbook.

Your feedback on these guidelines and changes is greatly appreciated. 

How to give input

We will provide an overview of the new documents, background and highlights of significant administrative or programmatic changes to the guidelines in a virtual public meeting on Zoom, and you may submit written comments online.

  • Public review meeting: June 13, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Pre-register for public review. (Zoom meeting)
    You will receive an email with instructions on joining the meeting after registering.
  • Submit comments using this SmartSheet form. Public comment is available until July 1.

Chapter 7

A revised version of Chapter 7 (Homeownership) will be made available in June.

Register now for the public review meeting of changes to Chapter 7 on July 2nd from 1:00 to 2:30 pm via Zoom. You will receive an email with instructions on joining the meeting after registering.

2023 New Award Overview

Commerce made a presentation on the $302m in state funding distributed in the 2023 Multifamily Rental and HOME & NHTF application rounds, representing a record commitment to construction of affordable housing in the State of Washington.

View a recording of the presentation and materials on the Department of Commerce Box.

2023 Q&A/FAQs

Questions & Answers

Housing Preservation Program NOFA #MHU-2023-04 Questions & Answers

Questions & answers regarding the Housing Preservation Program NOFA #MHU-2023-04.

Commerce Loan Management by the Multifamily Housing Unit FAQ

Questions & answers regarding loan management and deferred payments.

HTF Multifamily Rental NOFA #MHU-2023-02 Questions & Answers

Questions & answers regarding the HTF Multifamily Rental NOFA #MHU-2023-02.

HOME & NHTF NOFA #MHU-2023-03 Questions & Answers

Questions & answers regarding the HOME & NHTF NOFA #MHU-2023-03.

New Award Overview

2023 Application Technical Assistance

Combined Funders Application Walkthrough

An overview of the 2023 Combined Funders Application (“CFA”), which is required for most applications seeking capital funding from MHU:

2022 Application Workshop Trainings

Multifamily/Rental Projects

Guidance on how to complete a 2022 application and the criteria used to evaluate applications for multifamily/rental housing projects seeking capital funding.

Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition

Multifamily Rental Housing

Questions & answers regarding the 2022 Multifamily Rental Housing NOFA:

2021 Application Workshop Trainings

Multifamily/Rental Projects

Guidance on how to complete a 2021 application and the criteria used to evaluate applications for multifamily/rental housing projects seeking capital funding:

Homeownership Projects

Guidance on how to complete a 2021 application and the criteria used to evaluate applications for homeownership housing projects seeking capital funding:

Community Housing & Cottage Community Projects

Guidance on how to complete a 2021 application and the criteria used to evaluate applications for community housing and cottage community projects seeking capital funding:

Stay tuned for more!

More training videos will be published. Please check back often.