February 2024 Open Funding Opportunities for Electric Vehicles and Charging Equipment

US DOE – Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program Qualifying Applicants – Manufacturers of advanced technology vehicles that achieve defined fuel economy targets, and manufacturers of components or materials that support eligible vehicles’ fuel economy performance. Qualifying Projects – Must 1) manufacture eligible vehicles or components that are used in eligible vehicles, 2) build new facilities; reequip, modernize, or expand existing facilities; and/or for engineering integration performed in the US…

Governor appoints Aaron Wheeler to lead Washington State Broadband Office

Governor appoints Aaron Wheeler to lead Washington State Broadband Office

Wheeler has nearly 20 years’ experience working with Tribes and underserved communities OLYMPIA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Aaron Wheeler to serve as director of the Washington State Broadband Office within the Department of Commerce. Wheeler is an information technology professional with 18 years of experience working with the Suquamish Tribe’s government. “Rural internet access is a priority in Washington, and Aaron’s experience will help everyone get connected no…

Listening sessions for new pilot grant for Community-Based Organizations

Listening sessions for new pilot grant for Community-Based Organizations

The Washington State Department of Commerce is hosting three public listening sessions this month to help communities provide us with direct feedback on a new grant program intended to foster greater participation in local policy decision-making. We need input from local community-based organizations representing overburdened communities and vulnerable populations to design a pilot grant program that helps with community engagement. Please share this notice with community-based organizations in your network…

Commerce awards additional $685,000 to jurisdictions planning for more middle housing options

Commerce awards additional $685,000 to jurisdictions planning for more middle housing options

The second round of middle housing grants supports communities creating a greater variety of housing types to respond to housing needs at all income levels  OLYMPIA, WA – The Department of Commerce today announced an additional $685,000 in grants for 14 jurisdictions to support the adoption of local comprehensive plan policies and zoning codes to allow more middle housing in residential neighborhoods. These awards follow the first funding round that provided…

Commerce strategies to reduce community firearm violence

Funding strategies to reduce community firearm violence Community firearm violence can be generally described as deliberate acts of interpersonal violence in public spaces by a person or persons not intimately related to the victim. This type of firearm violence occurs in a small number of neighborhoods among a small number of individuals. In Washington and elsewhere, community gun violence has a dramatically disproportionate impact on young boys and men in…

Multifamily Housing Unit Newsletter – February 2024, Issue #2

Housing Investment Team Spotlight With the announcement of historic awards from the Housing Trust Fund, we wanted to take the time to highlight the leadership of the Housing Investment Team at the Multifamily Housing Unit (MHU). This brand-new team is now a unified group that designs and administers our funding rounds, provides technical assistance throughout the application process, and helps orient MHU’s funding towards racial equity, balance of investment to…

State Seeking Input on Proposed HOME ARP (American Rescue Plan) Allocation Plan

Commerce is seeking stakeholder input on the use of $23 million dollars in HOME ARP funds in the non-entitlement areas of Washington state. The draft plan is available here and is open to receive input during a 15-day public comment period. The public comment period is January 25, 2024 to February 8, 2024, with a virtual public hearing scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT on February 6, 2024.…

$47 million infrastructure investment helps pave the way for more than 3,000 new affordable housing units

$47 million infrastructure investment helps pave the way for more than 3,000 new affordable housing units

Commerce grants help Washington communities take another step toward meeting projected need for 1.1 million new housing units over next 20 years OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $47 million in funding for infrastructure improvements to support 43 construction projects that will provide more than 3000 units of affordable housing statewide. Washington state is projected to need 1.1 million new units of housing over the…

EV Council Meeting – February 7, 2024

February 7, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., via Zoom Access EV Council Meeting Materials (on Box) – Meeting materials will be posted prior to the upcoming meeting Register for the EV Council Meeting (on Zoom) Watch TVW.org livestream on February 7, 2024

Commerce publishes model ordinances to support the development of middle housing

Commerce publishes model ordinances to support the development of middle housing

The Department of Commerce has published final model ordinances and guidance for cities and counties required to include middle housing under HB 1110 (2023). To account for differing middle housing requirements based on population, one model ordinance has been prepared to assist cities 25,000 in population and greater; another for those cities less than 25,000 in population. Final Model Ordinance for cities 25,000 and over (PDF) Final Model Ordinance for…