|HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington
Jeff McMorris, Region X Regional Administrator
|Leland Jones, Editor, (206) 220-5356 or Leland.firstname.lastname@example.org|
WE WISH ALL THE BEST FOR YOU & YOURS
e-OPEN FOR BUSINESS
HUD offices in Anchorage, Boise, Portland & Seattle are open for business. But due to limited on-site staffing during the coronavirus outbreak, and consistent with local public health social distancing guidelines, the best way to get in touch with us is via e-mail at AK_Webmanager@hud.gov in Alaska, ID_Webmanager@hud.gov in Idaho, OR_Webmanager@hud.gov in Oregon or WA_Webmanager@hud.gov in Washington, or call us at 206-220-5101. And, of course, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook or at four state Web sites. You'll find their addresses in the masthead above. We look forward to hearing from you.
PROSPERTY VS. ADVERSITY
"The President established the United States Coronavirus Task Force. At the request of the Vice President, I am lending my expertise as a long-time medical professional – alongside Secretary Azar – to further support the President’s already unprecedented response efforts for the safety, security and health of the American people. We are a compassionate nation, exemplified most by the first responders and medical professionals dedicated to the well-being of their fellow citizens. Still, we are an innovative and resilient nation, and President Trump has some of the smartest people in the world working to eradicate this threat. When the two are blended together it becomes very clear that we are able to prosper despite adversity." Dr. Ben Carson, HUD Secretary, March 2020 at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Main/documents/secretary_message_coronavirus2.pdf.
On March 19th President Donald J. Trump announced that he had directed HUD Secretary Ben Carson to impose 60-day moratorium on evictions of & foreclosures against homeowners with mortgages insured by FHA - the Federal Housing Administration - insured single-family mortgages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac have also imposed moratoriums. The Urban Institute estimates the actions will over more than 65 percent of the nation's active mortgages. As of February 27th, there were 283,112 households with FHA insured single family active with a total dollar value of $60.5 billion in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Read . HUD's press release at https://www.hud.gov/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_042 & FHA's mortgagee letter at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/20-04hsgml.pdf
STAYING IN TOUCH
Though almost all of us are working from home, HUD is most certainly open for business. As conditions & circumstances have, virtually everyone of HUD's program areas - from Community Planning & Development to Public ^&Indian Housing, Single-Family to Multifamily, from Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity to Gennie Mae , from the Office of Native American Programs to FHA are regularly updating audience on what you to know as one of HUD's partners. To stay up-to-date, please visit HUD's COVID19 Web site at https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus.
We at HUD & many of you may receive inquiries from those you serve about the what’s, when’s & how’s of the economic impact payments many households expect to receive as a result of the recently enacted stimulus/relief bill. Here the guidance from Treasury & the IRS that you might find helpful. See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.
HUD awards a record $125,030,765 in Continuum of Care funds in Region w/ $4,862,710 to support 32 homeless prevention projects in Alaska, $4,463,488 for 30 projects in Idaho, $39,265,21 for 128 projects in Oregon & $76,439,357 for 187 projects in Washington at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/awards/. . .HUD posts initial guidance affecting1,500 smallest public housing authorities by easing regulatory burdens by reducing number of Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher inspections & providing for an exemption from some environmental review requirements at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/27/2020-04004/economic-growth-regulatory-relief-and-consumer-protection-act-initial-guidance-on-propertcuncil of Oregon, y. . .Oregon Housing & Community Services commits $15,989,698 to build 435 more affordable repair Housing rental unit in Dallas, Klamath Falls, LA Grande, Medford, Portland, Tigard & Toledo at https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/DO/newsreleases/2020/News%20Release/03-04-2020-_Press-Release_2020-GAP-Awards.pdf. . .Klamath Housing Authority becomes second in Oregon approved for participation in HUD’s Foster Youth to Independence rental assistance program to help young people 18 to 24 aging-out of foster care to avoid homelessness at https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_040. . .With the “rising cost of housing weighing on our economy, burdening struggling families & leaving our most vulnerable people outside,” Washington Department of Commerce director Lisa Brown announces award of $876,000 to 14 more communities 3rd round of growth management funding to support development of housing action plans, code changes , subarea planning & environmental review actions “to encourage production of more housing &create variety of housing type” at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-grants/commerce-awards-876000-to-14-communities-to-address-housing-affordability/.
WHY WE CELEBRATE
"April is Fair Housing Month in the United States, something you might not have remembered given everything else going on these days. We hope you'll take a few minutes tithing about it. Why? Well consider two women were forced to move from an apartment complex when a maintenance worker told them they could exchange sex for rent. A landlord entered a woman’s apartment uninvited and on one occasion the woman awoke to find him in her bedroom, on her bed. Another woman was threatened with eviction if she didn’t have sex with her landlord. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sees these kind of sexual harassment complaints filed far too often. As the HUD Regional Director for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State, when we hear these stories come into our office, we take action. Recently, we helped a woman in Florida get a $75,000 settlement after an employee at a housing authority allegedly harassed her by making unwelcome sexual comments, requesting sexual favors, and threating eviction. Not only did the renter receive a monetary settlement, but the housing provider adopted a new sexual harassment policy and its staff was forced to attend fair housing training. Each April HUD observes Fair Housing Month to mark the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the law that prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. This year HUD will continue its focus on addressing sexual harassment. HUD has declared, “Call HUD, Because Sexual Harassment in Housing is Illegal”, the theme for Fair Housing Month 2020. The goal is to increase the Department’s efforts to better educate the public on what behaviors constitute sexual harassment and what to do/who to contact if people experience it in their communities. Last year, HUD and the Justice Department launched a nationwide joint initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing by increasing the public’s awareness of the issue and encouraging the reporting of harassment. The Justice Department has filed over a dozen lawsuits alleging sexual harassment in housing since the joint HUD/Justice Department initiative was launched. HUD also launched a special campaign and training initiative to help protect people from harassment by landlords, property managers, and maintenance workers in HUD-assisted housing. Through this initiative, HUD and its partner organizations obtained over $1 million in relief for nearly 130 survivors and victims’ funds over the past two years. We know that this outreach works. We’ve heard stories from some women who said they were unaware this kind of harassment was illegal and that they could go to HUD for help. HUD remains committed to helping all those who face housing discrimination because of how they look, where they come from, their sex, religion, family status, or disability, as well as those being threatened with eviction because they are unaware of their fair housing rights. If anyone believes they have experienced discrimination, including sexual harassment in housing, they can file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to hud.gov/fair housing." - Jeff McMorris, HUD Northwest Regional Administrator
BRIEF BRIEFS TOO
Congratulations to the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, the Idaho Housing & Finance Association, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Intermountain Fair Housing, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, the Fair Housing Center of Washington & the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance on winning a total of more than $1.8 million in HUD Fair Housing Initiatives program to protect Americans from discrimination in housing at https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_045. . .The Washington Department of Commerce awards $1.8 million in re-programmed HUD community Development Block Grant funds to 17 rural counties to provide food, support for small businesses, health services & rental assistance at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-grants/commerce-announces-1-8-million-to-rural-counties-for-covid-19-pandemic-response/. . .Seattle Housing Authority one of nearly 60 authorities nationwide to win first ever HUD carbon monoxide detection grants to insure CO can be detected in all HUD assisted housing units at https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_038. . .The Federal Housing Administration - FHA - eliminates barriers to development of affordable housing by allowing newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated properties to refinance under its Section 223(f) program without requiring 3-year waiting period at https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/20-03hsgn.pdf. . .Inspired by examples in Boise, more than 100 units of housing made from converted cargo containers planned for Uniontown district of Astoria, Oregon, says Daily Astorian at https://www.dailyastorian.com/news/local/shipping-containers-pitched-for-housing-in-uniontown/article_d27d1416-5fd0-11ea-bdfe-73d23ca24abe.html. . .Moscow, Idaho Housing Trust has put three affordable new townhomes it’s built on the market priced at $150,000 with two more already under construction says Moscow-Pullman Daily News. . .Under the recently-enacted CAES Act, Treasury Department & Small Business Administration launching Paycheck Protection Program under which small businesses, eligible non-profits, veterans organizations & self-employed, individuals may obtain forgivable loans of up to $10 to cover 8 weeks of their payrolls at https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that small for-profit & non-profit businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington are eligible to apply for low-interest loans to help meet financial obligations & operating expenses that could have been met if the disaster had not occurred including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable & other bills that cannot be paid due the disaster. The loans must be repaid within 30 years. Interest on loans for for- profit businesses will be 3.75, and on non-profit businesses will be 2.75 percent. The deadline to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21st. For more, see https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set May 31st deadline for non-profits to apply for grants to support revolving loan funds to assist owner-occupied homes to construct, refurbish or service household water systems in towns & Tribal lands in rural areas at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/household-water-well-system-grants.
The Washington Department of Commerce has set a June 16th deadline to apply applications for total of $28.5 million to support four specified behavioral health capital projects at https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/bhfnofar2compapp.
The deadline to apply for up to $200 million in USDA ReConnect funds to develop broadband infrastructure in rural extended to April 15th at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/03/30/usda-extends-reconnect-application-deadline-april-15.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation & HUD set April 20th deadline to submit nominations for 2020 HUD Secretary’s Award for Historic Preservation, to recognize developers, organizations, and agencies for their success in advancing the goals of historic preservation, while providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income families and individuals at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/deault/files/pdf/HUD-Sec-Award-excellence-historic-preservation-2020.pdf.
BRIEF BRIEFS THREE
HUD awards additional 56 Family Unification Vouchers to Home Forward, the housing authority in Portland, 100 more FUP vouchers to King County, Washington Housing Authority & 75 more to the Tacoma Housing Authority at https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_046. . .Oregon, Washington Department of Commerce awards $1.8 million in re-programmed HUD Community Development Block Grant funds to 17 rural counties to provide food, support for small businesses, health services & rental assistance at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-grants/commerce-awards-876000-to-14-communities-to-address-housing-affordability/. . .The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust says awards $350,000, to support Terry Reilly Health Services' Cleveland Square development now underway to provide medical, dental & behavioral health care & 50 affordable units for elderly in downtown Caldwell, Idaho says Idaho Press at https://www.idahopress.com/community/health/terry-reilly-building-new-caldwell-clinic-thanks-to-murdock-grant/article_71e71ae6-0665-573e-882b-0fe1577a16f6.html. . .Medford, Oregon City Council unanimously approves Columbia CARES proposal to build 16 units of housing for at-risk veterans says KOBI-TV at https://kobi5.com. . .Washington Department of Commerce awards $15.1 million in Housing Trust Fund grants and loans for 32 projects to preserve nearly 1,000 units of affordable housing across the state at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/news-releases/community-grants/commerce-awards-15-1-million-to-preserve-existing-housing-trust-fund-properties/.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has issued its 2020 The Gap report detailing the affordable housing crisis in the United States. The news is not good. It estimates that there are only 29 affordable, available rental units for every 100 of Alaska's 19,652 extremely low-income renter households. In Idaho there are only 44 affordable, available units for its 43,536 extremely low-income households. In Oregon there are only 28 affordable, available units for every 100 of its 133,536 extremely low-income households. And in Washington there are only 31 units for every 100 of its 221,795 extremely low-income renter households. They are not particularly unique. Not a single state in 200 has 100 affordable, available units for every 100 extremely low-income households. More at https://reports.nlihc.org/gap.
Meet Tommy Miles & his son Austin who arrived in Coeur d'Alene, ID a little more than a year ago but, says The Coeur d'Alene Press; without "jobs, money, car, home, family, friends." Thank goodness a "good Samaritan" told them about St Vincent de Paul North Idaho. “To think of where we were when we were homeless in California, compared to here, I never would have thought we would have made such progress,” Austin said. “At one point we were sleeping on the side of the freeway. And now, we both have our own bedroom. It’s incredible how helpful this environment has been.” See https://cdapress.com/news/2020/…/16/coming-in-from-the-cold/.
WORTH A PONDER
"What we were finding is we were having people reach a crisis point, and we would have to go in and do a mass cleaning. And to avoid coming up on those crises all the time, we hired somebody to help with that on a regular basis,” Lutes said. “We’ve been having less of those crises in the second half of the project” - - Kendra Lute of Terry Reilly Health Services during a presentation at the Idaho Housing & Economic Development conference on "looking back" of what's been learned what policy changes have been made during the New Path Community low-barrier housing's first year of operation in Boise, ITVB-TV, March 5th, 2020 at https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/growing-idaho/boise-new-path-housing-changes/277-d3139817-5b93-4f51-831f-592325d1fee9.
WORTH A WATCCH
Stepping-Up & Helping-Out
Thanks to The Riverside Hotel in Garden City, Idaho for opening thirty hotel rooms to medically vulnerable individuals and families with children who previously were staying at Interfaith Sanctuary, a homeless shelter in Boise. “The shelter’s executive director, Jodi Peterson-Stigers, said the hotel’s willingness to take in those especially in need has given them a greater sense of security at a time when the possibility of catching COVID-19 looms, See https://www.kivitv.com/news/amid-coronavirus-riverside-hotel-opens-rooms-to-homeless-families-medically-vulnerable. Thanks to a Portland, Oregon for opening its & welcoming the homeless members of the community that are experiencing symptoms and need to quarantine due to the Coronavirus. Some local shelters do not have the space to keep people separated in accordance with CDC guidelines, and the Jupiter hotel saw an opportunity to help. “This story highlights exactly why small businesses are so important to the community and why they need our support, especially in times of need, they are our backbones. We have the ability to solve problems quickly and swiftly," said Nick Pearson, who manages the Jupiter Hotel. More at https://katu.com/news/local/portland-hotel-donates-rooms-to-help-homeless-with-coronavirus-symptoms-stay-in-quarantine.
WORTH A LOOK
How can architectural design add or subtract from the costs of developing affordable, multifamily housing? A working pager from NeighborWorks America & Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies offers some provocative ideas. More at https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/blog/more-for-less-how-design-and-construction-decisions-can-and-cant-address-multifamily-housing-costs/.
HUD updates data submission timelines for Continuums of Care, Housing Inventory Counts & Point-in-Time Counts at https://www.hudexchange.info/news/updates-and-reminders-to-huds-data-submission-timeline-for-cocs/. . .USDA stakeholders can get updates on how COVID-19 is affecting its programs at HUD Policy Development & Research publishes summary of data submitted by state housing finance agencies on age, ethnicity, family composition, age, income, use of rental assistance, disability status, and monthly rental payments of households residing in Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties as of December 2017 at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/LIHTC-TenantReport-2017.html. . .With one in every 55 adult Washingtonians evicted from 2013 to 2017, University of Washington study finds that study finds women are often more likely than men to be evicted & African Americans comprise "disproportionate" share of evictions in state at http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_4fce4562-5cfb-11ea-9c31-2f8812320ccb.html. . .Washington Housing Finance Commission offers guidance on how "stay at home" orders may affect construc6ion projects it is financing at https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/03.25.20-Construction%20Guidance%20Memo%20%28002%29.pdfct. . .Idaho Housing & Finance Association offers guidance on how COVI-19 has affected its programs at https://www.idahohousing.com/covid-19/. . .Guidance on how Alaska Housing Finance Corporation programs have been affected by COVID-19 is available at https://www.ahfc.us. . .Portland Housing Bureau posts guidance on how partners & customers can best contact it these days at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/article/756615?. . .Business Oregon posts guidance how its assisting businesses & communities it serves affected. by COVID-19 at https://www.oregon4biz.com/News-&-Media/index.php?a=225.
NOTES TO NOTE
Washington Department of Commerce’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy will open a $3.5 million Human Trafficking Services a & Outreach competition inviting non-profits & Tribes to apply by March 30th for 7 grants – 4 in labor trafficking & 3 in sexual trafficking. . .Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation & Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have extended the deadline to submit comments on its proposed Community to April 8th. . .DHS & FEMA set an April 15th deadline to apply for more than $1.8 billion in a number of emergency preparedness grant opportunities. . .The deadline to apply for up to $200 million in USDA ReConnect funds to develop broadband infrastructure in rural communities has been extended to April 15th at https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/03/30/usda-extends-reconnect-application-deadline-april-15
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation & HUD set April 20th deadline to submit nominations for HUD Secretary’s Historic Preservation Award at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/deault/files/pdf/HUD-Sec-Award-excellence-historic-preservation-2020.pdf. . .U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sets April 22nd deadline to apply for a total of $40 million in grants & per diem payments to support their Transition ins in Place program at
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324633. . .Business Oregon sets April 30th deadline for eligible locas Historic Award at l governments to apply for 2020 HUD Community Development Block Grant funds for community facilities, housing rehabilitation, public works & micro-enterprise development. . .Idaho Smart Growth has set a May 4th deadline to submit nominations for its 2020 Grow Smart Awards. . .U.S. Department of Agriculture set May 31st deadline for non-profits to apply for grants to support revolving loan funds to assist owner-occupied homes to construct, refurbish or service household water syricstems in towns & Tribal lands in rural areas at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/household-water-well-system-grants. . .Washington Department of Commerce sets June 3rd deadline cities with less than 50,000 residents & counties with 200,000 residents to apply for Community Development Block Grant General Purpose grants. . .Washington Department of Commerce has set a June 16th deadline to apply applications for total of $28.5 million to support four specified behavioral health capital projects at https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/bhfnofar2compapp. . .U.S. Department of Labor VETS program sets December 31st, 2020 deadline for state & local workforce development groups, veterans service organizations, public agencies, Tribal governments & non-profits to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to conduct veterans Stand Down events.
CANCELLED - Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines hosts Regional Member Conference, April 6th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit
CANCELLED - Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Everything EIV! Workshop, April 7th, Salem, Oregon. Visit
CANCELLED - Northwest Indian Housing Association hosts spring Conference, April 7th & 8th, Grand Ronde, Oregon. Visit
CANCELLED -Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines host Regional Member Conference, April 10th, Portland, Oregon. Visit
CANCELLED - Association of Alaska Housing Authorities & HUD’s Alaska Office of Native American Programs host workshop on Uniform Guidance on 2 CFR Part 200, April 14th & 15th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit
CANCELLED - Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines hosts Regional Member Conference, April 15h, Seattle, Washington. Visit
CANCELLED - Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines hosts Regional Member Conference, April 16h, Spokane, Washington. Visit
TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY - Washington Nonprofits hosts the Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good, April 17th, Yakima, Washington. Visit
CANCELLED - Association of Alaska Housing Authorities & HUD’s Alaska Office of Native American Programs host workshop on Environmental Review for HUD-assisted Projects, April 21st to 23rd, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit
POSTPONED - Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, cities of Spokane & Coeur d’Alene, Spokane Housing Authority, Washington De3partment of Commerce, the Landlord Association of Inland Northwest & Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium host Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference, April 23rd, Spokane, Washington. Visit
CANCELLED - Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts workshop on Oregon Housing & Community Services Elderly Bond Compliance Certification processes, April 23rd, Salem, Oregon. Visit
CANCELLED - League of Oregon Cities hosts Local Government Spring Conference, April 24th, Hermiston, Oregon. Visit
CANCELLED -Washington Affordable Housing Management Association hosts annual conference, April 27th to 28th, Wenatchee, Washington. Visit
CANCELLED - Association of Alaska Housing Authorities & HUD’s Alaska Office of Native American Programs host workshop, on Residential Endorsement, April 27th & 29th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit
CANCELLED - Pacific Northwest Regional Council of NAHRO hosts annual conference, April 26th to 29th, Renton, Washington. Visit
CANCELLED - Association of Alaska Housing Authorities & HUD’s Alaska Office of Native American Programs host Admission & Occupancy Workshop, April 28th to May 1st, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit
CANCELLED - Northwest Community Land Trust annual gathering, May 4th to 6th, Ashland, Oregon. Visit https://www.nwcltc.org/blog
Association of Alaska Housing Authorities hosts Basic Financial Training & Audit Preparation for Small Tribes, May 5th to 7th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit http://www.aahaak.org/events/basic-financial-management-audit-preparation-for-small-tribes
Association of Alaska Housing Authorities hosts Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report Workshop, May 22nd & 13th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visithttp://www.aahaak.org/events/indian-housing-plan-annual-performace-report-ihp-apr
University of Oregon hosts 3rd annual Urbanism Next Conference, May 14th, on-line. Visit https://urbanismnext.uoregon.edu/category/conference/
Association of Alaska Housing Authorities hosts Grant Writing Workshop, May 19th to 21st, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit http://www.aahaak.org/events/grant-writing
Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Annual Conference, May 20th to 22nd, Bend, Oregon. Visit https://www.oregonaffordablehousingmanagement.com/2020-conference.htm SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION.
CANCELLED - HUD Seattle's hosts All Grantee for CDBG, HOME & ESG recipients, May 23rd, Seattle, Washington.
Association of Alaska Housing Authorities hosts Meth Decontamination Workshop, May 27th to 28th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit http://www.aahaak.org/events/meth-decontamination
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