housing

2021-2023 Housing Grants

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APPLY NOW: Housing Action Plan and Implementation (HAPI) Grants

$5 million is available for cities planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) to adopt new housing action plans (HAPs) under RCW 36.70A.600 or to implement strategies from adopted HAPs. GMA cities with populations over 20,000 are prioritized for grants of up to $100,000. Cities under 20,000 in population will be evaluated next for a maximum of $75,000 per grant award. Regional collaboration is encouraged. Grant instructions are located here and grant applications are available here. Applications are due by October 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. 

APPLY NOW: Transit-Oriented Development Implementation (TODI) Grants

$2.5 million is available to cities to facilitate transit-oriented development in areas with light rail or fixed rail systems, bus rapid transit, high frequency bus service or park and ride lots. Eligible costs include preparation of state environmental policy act (SEPA) environmental impact statements, planned action ordinances, subarea plans, costs associated with the use of other tools under SEPA, and costs of local code adoption and implementation of such efforts. Funds are available through June 2023, an extension may be available. Grant instructions are located here and grant applications are available here. Applications are due by October 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. 

A pre-application grant meeting was held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. to give a brief overview of the grant and answer questions potential applicants had. The presentation can be found here and a summary of the questions and answers can be found here. For those who were unable to attend, the link to the recording is here, use passcode: *qt6#CHf (Chrome is recommended). 

Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program (CHIP): Water, Sewer, and Stormwater for Affordable Housing –
Applications available late September 2021

$34.6 million is available for local governments or public utility districts within a jurisdiction that imposed a sales and use tax. Funds can be used to cover system development charges and/or pay for utility improvements for new affordable housing projects that serve and benefit low-income households. Affordable housing must begin construction within 24 months of the grant award, and must have a strong probability of serving the target group for at least 25 years. Where applicable, the extension for new drinking water, wastewater or stormwater connections must be consistent with the approved comprehensive plans under the growth management act and must be within the established boundaries of the urban growth area. 

Grant awards are a maximum of $2,500,000 per project. No match is required, but the applicant must demonstrate that all funding to complete the affordable housing project is committed prior to contract execution. Funds must be under contract by December 2024 and be expended by December 2026.