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Northwest HUDLines
August 2018
HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington
Leland Jones, Editor, 206/220-5356 or Leland.jones@hud.gov
www.hud.gov/alaska www.hud.gov/idaho
www.hud.gov/oregon www.hud.gov/washington

This issue marks completion of our 10th year of publishing Northwest HUDLines each month. Over that decade we hope on occasion you've found items of interest. We also thank all of you who have shared news of your achievements & activities, initiatives & innovations. Marc Stiles, the columnist at The Puget Sound Business Journal, once observed that one day he suddenly realized that the affordable housing, community & economic development community had become a very important sector in our region's economy. At HUD, we are proud to be a member of that community. And now, onto year 11!

Nation's public housing stock goes smoke-free
Yesterday - July 31st - was a big day for HUD & those we serve. Since 2009, HUD has strongly-encouraged public housing authorities to become smoke-free. Many have. As of July 31st, all of the nation's public housing agencies were required to be smoke-free in all their living units, indoor common areas & office buildings, housing authority administrative areas & outdoor areas within 25 feet of public housing buildings - ban the use of prohibited tobacco products. The rule will cover some 940,000 housing units that are some 500,000 senior citizens & 700,000 children. It will produce cleaner indoor air and promote good health. Reduce the risk of fires. And, estimates the Centers for Disease Control, save housing authorities some $153 million a year that the damage & deterioration smoking does to authorities' physical plants. The new smoke-free rule now in nationwide effect will," wrote HUD Secretary Carson, "improve health and safety conditions in public housing. And it will lower costs. Now that's a win-win-win!"

Tackling youth homelessness
There's probably not a kid in America who, at one time or another, hasn't thought of running. To join the circus, strike it rich or have an adventure. On second thought, fortunately, most stay put. But some do run, fleeing abuse by a parent or sibling or being kicked-out because they've come out. And, usually, they don't have many places to go or many skills or resources to fend for themselves. Too many end-up on the streets, homeless, sleeping in doorways, rustling through garbage bins. In July, HUD Secretary Carson announced the award of $43 million Youth Homelessness Demonstration grants to 11 organizations to help, he explained, "young people find stable housing, break the cycle of homelessness and lead them on a path to self-sufficiency.."' Snohomish County & the Washington Department of Commerce were among the 11 winners & join the Anchorage & the King County/Seattle Continuum of Care which were awarded grants last year." Expanding and building on their successes," HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Jeff McMorris added, HUD hopes the winning grantees "will serve as examples of how other communities can do the same."

HUD settles complaint of discrimination under the Fair Housing Act against persons with disabilities with Pocatello, Idaho property owners. . .As part of President Trump's "mobilization to address opioid abuse," the Department of Labor awards $1.2 million to Alaska & Washington State $4.9 million "to provide reemployment services for individuals impacted by the health and economic effects of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.". .Juneau, Alaska's Housing First Collaborative unveils plans to double size of 32-unit supportive housing for highly-vulnerable, chronically homeless in Lemon Creek area of city reports The Empire. . .20-month investigation, says Washington Attorney General Ferguson, leads Facebook to agree to make "significant changes" to its advertising policies to remove "the ability of third-party advertisers to exclude ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals & other protected groups from seeing their ads" for housing, employment & credit. . .Premera Blue Cross awards $785,000 to Plymouth Housing Group & Boyers Children's Clinic in Seattle, Sidewalk Homeless Services in Olympia, Transitions & Catholic Charities in Spokane, YWCA of Snohomish County in Everett, Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue & Center for Human Services in Shoreline, Washington as well as $1 million to Covenant House Alaska in Anchorage, says Daily News, to enhance services to the homeless. . .KOBI-TV of Medford, Oregon wins Governors Award at 55th annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards to a 24-part series S.O.S. Homeless series produced in collaboration with Access, Inc., also of Medford. . .City of Gold Beach southwest Oregon coast, considering code change to allow "RV micro-parks" to ease what City Administrator calls "hideous housing shortage," says Curry County Pilot. . .Noting that Some people need more than an apartment key to rebuild their lives." Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury & Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announce that City, County & Oregon Housing & Community Services launch $12 million pilot , says KATU-TV, "aimed at trying to ease the area's homeless problem" with projects that combine housing and health services". . .Next Step Housing gets green light from court to move forward with 80 new units of "clean & sober" housing & tells Yakima Herald it hopes to break ground in next month. . .Portland, Oregon Housing Bureau picks Cully neighborhood as site of "up to 75 units" of new affordable units for families to be funded by property tax levy adopted by voters in 2016, says The Mercury. . .Spokane, Washington City Council votes 16 to 1 to support $52 million public investment plan, says Spokesman Review, with funding for downtown projects, street improvements and $2 million to support housing, including "seed money" for community land trust.

Good looks & a great story
Every year the American Institute of Architects & HUD have sponsored an Excellence in Affordable Housing Design competition. The reason's simple. More than a handful of people seem to think "affordable" housing means it's not as well-designed, well-built or well-appointed as market-rate housing. For 18 years, the competition has proven them wrong, demonstrating that if you drive down a street with both "affordable" & market-rate complexes, you'll have a hard time figuring-out which is which. Case in point? Station 162, a 25unit affordable as in HUD-subsidized building built in 2017 in Gresham, Oregon. It's one of two winners of the 2018 HUD Secretary's Design Award. If you drove by, chances are it would catch your eye not just once, but two or three times. Exactly our point. In fact, however, the most "beautiful" thing about Station 162 isn't how well it was designed or built, but how it came to be built in the first place. It's a compelling story. E.A. "Bud" Myers was an appliance repairman. In the early 1970's he had a diving accident that severely injured his spinal cord and left him a quadriplegic. As he recovered & began to figure out "what now," he looked around & realized that there was very little housing for people like him. And he.decided to do something about it, founding the non-profit QUAD Inc. - Quadriplegics United Against Dependency. Its mission? To build housing for people like him. Station 162 is as accessible as accessible can be, says the AIA, and, adds HUD Secretary Carson, "not only provide critically needed affordable housing to low-income families & individuals with disabilities" but "prove affordable housing can be attractive & responsive" to the communities in which they're located. It's the fifth complex QUAD's developed in the Portland-Gresham metro area. Something tells us it won't be the last. Congratulations QUAD on a job well &, yes, beautifully-done.

A helping hand
The Rasmuson Foundation of Anchorage was established in 1955 driven by the fact that "helping others is an Alaskan tradition." It would always, wrote E.A. Rasmuson be "glad to lend a hand," something it's done now for more than 60 years. Especially noteworthy, of course, is its national recognition for its generous support for the arts, especially Alaskan artists and Alaskan culture. But it hasn't stopped there. On the eve of the Great Recession & concerned about the prospects of an affordable housing crisis, it formed a partnership with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, looking for ways to address the onslaught of foreclosures and evictions and homelessness. As the economy worsened, so did state revenues & Alaska's Legislature did what legislatures do in such circumstance - cut or eliminate programs. On one occasion, it called for the elimination of a program that provided housing to teachers, police officers & health care workers in isolated rural villages. On another, it called for an end to state assistance to housing for the elderly. On both occasions, Rasumuson stepped up, pledging millions of dollars to support the programs, but only the Legislature would change course & at least match Rasmuson's contribution. The Legislature agreed, essential housing programs were saved. And its support for & involvement in affordable housing has continued to this day, which is why, in 2018, it was one of 9 foundations nationwide awarded a HUD Secretary's Award for Public Philanthropic Partnerships presented by the Council on Foundations & HUD Secretary Carson. It becomes, by the way, the first two-time winner of the award, an honor, said the Secretary, that the outcomes we can achieve together are far greater than we can achieve on our own," Given its history of lending a hand, who'll be surprised if it wins a third?

50 years later, a dream comes true
Clyde & Charlotte Didrickson of Juneau, Alaska deserve a lot of credit for holding onto their dream. Very long time. They've dreamed of having a place to call home for decades. Credit too goes to Robin Murdock, a transplanted New Yorker who now works for the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, gets a lot of credit for, after years and years and years, helping their dream come true. As easy as it is to bash bureaucracies, the VA & HUD deserve a little credit, too, having the right program in the right place at the right time. Read why.

Folks in this part of the world love to talk about "buy local." Well, what about "vote local"? Voting for Affordable Housing Finance magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards ends Friday, August 3rd. Among the finalists are 3 multifamily projects developed by non-profits we all know & many of us have had the privilege to work with. Mercy Housing Northwest's Mercy Othello Plaza in Seattle, Washington is up for Best Family Development while LIHI's Billy Frank Plaza in Olympia & Downtown Emergency Service Center's The Estelle in Seattle are both up for Best Special Needs Development. All three are finalists for Best Overall Development. To a vote you have to have been a subscriber to Affordable Housing Finance or to its newsletter as of June 29th. If you aren't, not to worry. If you are, remember to vote.

On August 6th Tony Ramirez, director of HUD's Reno, Nevada for the past 14 years, becomes HUD Oregon's field office director in Portland. . .Saying "It's pretty apparent to all of us that we need to step up our game in terms of repair & maintenance spending to maintain quality of housing and our assets," for first time in 8 years City Council of Boise, Idaho okays 2 percent rent increase on its inventory of 300 city-owned affordable housing units & adds 10 percent hike when a unit turns over, reports Idaho Press Tribune. . .Impact Capital appoints Joel Millar, with U.S. Bank for the past decade, as its new president. . .Alaska Housing Finance Corporation & Rasmuson Foundation unveil plans for two new housing complexes that will add 50 new affordable units t Kodiak Island, says KMXT-FM. .. Spokane , Washington Housing Ventures announces plans for $10..2 million, 48-unit affordable housing development in city's Hillyard neighborhood to be named in honor of its former executive director, Jayne Auld, says Spokane Journal of Business. . .City of Portland, says KPTV-TV, launches criminal history expungement project intended to open more doors to affordable housing for the recently-incarcerated who've done their time & are now looking for a place to call home. . .Saints' Pantry food bank in Shelton, Washington wins USDA community facilities grant to acquire a new, more convenient building. . .City of Walla Walla, Washington wins Association of Washington Cities 2018 Municipal Excellence Award for its work "work with the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless on establishing a sleep center last spring on" a city-owned parcel says Union-Bulletin. . .Kor Community Land Trust launches first affordable housing project - five, "permanently-affordable" cottages in Bend, Oregon says Bulletin. . .Kitsap County, Washington Commissioners ask cities of Bremerton, Bainbridge Island & Port Orchard to "chip in" $1 million each, says Kitsap Sun, to help Housing Kitsap, the county's housing authority, cover its debt obligations. . .City of Hailey, Idaho okays plans by Blaine County & ARCH Community Housing Trust to build 30 units of affordable housing for the elderly reports Idaho Mountain Express. . ..KOBI-TV of Medford, Oregon wins Governors Award at 55th annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards for S.O.S. Homeless, a 24-part series produced in collaboration with Access Inc., also of Medford. . .After a stint at USDA, Greg Stuckey returns to HUD as director of our Alaska Office of Native American Programs in Anchorage. . .Thanks to $800,000 from Washington Housing Trust Fund, Community Action Team & Washington Department of Commerce unveil plans for 28-units of affordable housing for families in Pullman, says Moscow-Pullman Daily News. . .Wanting to ""We want to do something that's long-term, that's permanent, and that's sustainable," Edmonds, Washington Lutheran Church installs first of what ultimately could be 80, 260 square-foot units manufactured by Blokable of Vancouver & to be managed by Compass Housing Alliance of Seattle, says KUOW-FM. . .15 years & 2,000 housing units later, Martha McLennan says she is retiring as executive director of Northwest Housing Alternatives in Milwaukie, Oregon(and, yes, she will be missed). . .Portland, Oregon Housing Bureau awards $3.2 million to rehab three properties - Medford Hotel, Arbor Glen & Ross Apartments - to preserve 214 affordable housing units.

Let your voice be heard
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines has set August 10th as the deadline to submit nominations for membership on its Affordable Housing Advisory Committee representing the Oregon & representing Washington. In both cases, the term would run from January 1, 2019 through December 31st.

Supporting housing counselors
HUD has set an August 7th deadline for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies to apply for a total of $47 million in Comprehensive Housing Counseling funds. The competitively-awarded grants support "counseling and advice to tenants & homeowners, both current and prospective, with respect to property maintenance, financial management & literacy, and such other matters as may be appropriate to assist program clients in improving their housing conditions, meeting their financial needs, & fulfilling the responsibilities of tenancy or homeownership." HUD expects to award an estimated 300 grants. Frequently-asked questions for this year's competition are available.

Maintaining, improving the rural housing stock
USDA's Rural Housing Service has set an August 9th deadline for local governments, public agencies, Federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits & faith-based organizations to apply for a total of almost $10.4 million in Rural Housing Preservation grants for the repair or rehabilitation of rural housing owned or occupied by low and very low income rural citizens. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners but through the sponsoring organization receiving the gran. USDA expects to award up to 160 grants of up to $50,000 each.

Boosting homeless prevention resources
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has set an August 8th deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply for a total of $1.4 million in matching funds authorized by the Alaska Legislature for qualified fiscal year 2018 HUD Continuum of Care applicants to help Alaska applicants meet HUD's matching fund requirements & to help them earning "leveraging" points in the national funding competition. Eligible applicants are those organizations submitting a renewal or bonus points application to the Alaska Balance-of-State or the Anchorage Continuums of Care. For more information, see or contact the Corporation's Jennifer Smerud at 907-330-8276 or 1-800-478-2432.

Seattle steps up for affordable housing
The City of Seattle's Office of Housing has set a September 12th deadline to apply for an estimated $40 million in city, state & HUD funds to produce & preserve the city's affordable housing stock. "As in the past," it says, "this NOFA places heavy emphasis on housing for our City's most vulnerable families and individuals, and especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless" as well as "low income families and individuals, including low-wage workers." The city especially is interested in receiving "proposals that substantially reduce their reliance on City subsidy through reduced development costs, innovative financial structures, or alternative project delivery structures" such as reduced capital & operating costs, identifying "untapped" leveraging resources & technological innovations.

Housing for year-round farm labor
USDA's Rural Housing Service has set an August 27th deadline for farmers, farmer & farmworker associations, most state & local governments & Federally-recognized Tribes to apply for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans & Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants. The assistance may be used to for the construction of new off-farm farm labor housing units & related facilities for domestic farm laborers & for the purchase &substantial rehabilitation of non-farm labor housing property.

Continuum of Care competition update
Please note that, for the first time, HUD's 2018 Continuum of Care funding will include a $50 million domestic violence bonus for rapid re-housing, joint transitional housing & rapid re-housing & coordinated entry projects targeted to serve people fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The funds are intended to "enable communities to integrate domestic violence programs into their overall planning more broadly than in the past." Here's The HUD Exchange notice for details.

Opening date for King County funding
Competition for King County, Washington, United Way of King County & King County Housing Authority: 2019-20 funding for emergency Shelter, Facility-Based Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, Housing Navigation, Outreach to People Living in Vehicles, and Master Leasing is expected to open August 1st.

Then speak up!
HUD has set August 20th as the deadline to submit comments on "possible amendments to HUD's 2013 final rule implementing the Fair Housing Act's disparate impact standard, as well as the 2016 supplement to HUD's responses to certain insurance industry comments made during the rulemaking." HUD is trying to determine "what changes, if any, are appropriate following the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing &Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., which held that disparate impact claims were cognizable under the Fair Housing Act & discussed standards for, and the constitutional limitations on, such claims" & "on the disparate impact standard set forth in the final rule and supplement, the burden-shifting approach, the relevant definitions, the causation standard, and whether changes to these or other provisions of the rule would be appropriate." For more, see The Federal Register.

The last of its current residents relocated, The Housing Company, a subsidiary of Idaho Housing & Finance Association, prepares for a "monster remodel" this fall of the historic 90-year-old Bonneville Hotel in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho. . .Current Oregon Housing Stability Council member "Val" Valfre, a Forest Grove City Council Member & former director of its housing department, elevated to serve as chair as Sarah DeVries, an expert in the low income housing tax credit & affordable housing, Mary Li, director of Multnomah County's "idea lab," Lincoln Cunty Commissioner Claire Hall become Council's newest members. . .Since 2014, says KLCC-FM, Lane County, Oregon has permanently housed 860 homeless veterans - roughly the equivalent of two battalions - or one a day every day of the year. . .Olympia, Washington City Council declares homelessness a "public health emergency" &, says Olympian, "postpones eviction" of residents of one homeless encampment. . .LIHI - the Low Income Housing Institute - of Seattle, Washington completes its 8th tiny house village in Ballard neighborhood, says KOMO-TV, this one built by crew of mostly women & the city's first village exclusively for homeless women. . .Register Guard says City of Eugene, Oregon & Evergreen Union Retirement Association unveils plans for $58.3 million remodel of 222-unit Ya-Po-Ah elderly housing complex &, the city's tallest building. . .Congregation of the Church of Christ of Port Orchard, Washington, says Kitsap Sun, has votes to host a "tiny home" village of about a dozen units. . .Something old gets new again as Bend, Oregon business rips page out of old Sears Roebuck catalogue & starts selling mail-order, build-your-own-house kits for between $24,000 & $100,000, reports Cascade Business News, adding that more 700,000 kits were sold in U.S. from 1908 to 1942. . .Peninsula Housing Authority dedicates 8 homes in Port Angeles, Washington built with HUD & USDA funds & the hard work of volunteers, says Peninsula Daily News. . .Thanks to Washington State Housing Finance Commission tax credit allocations, not just one, but two affordable housing complexes providing total of 110 units to be built or rehabbed in Kittitas County, Washington says Daily Record. . .Dane Clark Water District in Douglas County, Oregon & Lewis County, Washington win almost $900,000 in USDA loans & grants to upgrade water systems. . .Housing Oregon's Jerome Brooks stepping down to take Atlanta job & will be succeeded by Brian Hoop, says Willamette Week. . .With new "fast ferry" accelerating population growth & conditions "not getting better" for affordable housing, Kitsap Daily News says City of Bremerton, Washington is putting zoning amendments to incentive its development out for public comment. . .In its newly-online Hope newsletter, Catholic Charities Housing Services of Central Washington has lots to celebrate including setting an August 9th dedication for new housing for persons 55 or older in Prosser, plans to expand housing for farm worker families in Royal City & securing funds to build 67 units of housing for homeless families with children in Wenatchee. . .Metro awards 14 Nature in Neighborhoods grants totaling $800,000 to support in Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington counties Oregon "to make sure communities of color have access to safe parks, protected natural areas and the benefits of healthy land, air and water,"

Otter's observation
"Deferred maintenance is deficit spending," he said. "If you don't take care of it today, your kids and grandkids are going to have to take care of it tomorrow." --Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho. Idaho State Journal, June 9th, in a report on his keynote address at the 19th annual Northwest Community Development Institute hosted by Idaho Department of Commerce & Business Oregon, Boise, Idaho

A new day in Spennard
What does "transformative" look like?. Well, Affordable Housing Finance suggests, how about the site of a strip club that once helped bring a neighborhood down but now, thanks to the hard work of the Cook Inlet Housing Authority with help from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, HUD & others, is now the site of a 33-unit apartment building that, the magazine says, serving as a "catalyst for change" in Anchorage, Alaska's Midtown?

Community banking
Heritage Bank gives credit, but what it's just done in Tacoma, Washington earns it some. Just like lower-income neighborhoods can be "food deserts," they can also be "financial deserts" with no banks, savings & loans or credit unions. Often not even an ATM!! The consequence? An "unbanked" household, says Prosperity Now, "spend an average of $2,400 per year in assorted fees, such as for cashing checks." Which is why Heritage Bank's recent opening of a bank branch in Tacoma's New Salishan community - a top-to-bottom revitalization of public housing completed just a couple of years ago by the Tacoma Housing Authority - is such a big deal, reports The Tacoma Weekly.

A case study?
Is forming a co-op the "lifeline" that will protect residents of manufactured home parks from displacement when the owner wants to sell the park? Could be, reports Hallie Gordo of CityLab, after getting to know & hearing the story of residents threatened with eviction from a park in Duval, Washington.

Serving those who've sesrved
Boise State Public Radio talks with representatives of the City of Boise, Idaho, Idaho Housing & Finance Association & the non-profit Housing for Homeless Veterans about what's being done to house homeless veterans who, in 2017, comprised 14 percent of Ada County's homeless population.

Successful transitions
Government bureaucracies aren't usually known for willingly giving-up a piece of their turf. It's just not a part of their organizational D.N.A. A few years back, though, HUD decided that its very popular YouthBuild program - which offers educationally at-risk young people a chance to get back into school, complete their high school degree while learning marketable construction skills - might be better administered by the U.S. Department of Labor since, essentially, it was a skills development & job training program. The good news? The transition was seamless, the program that worked very well at HUD works, if what's happening in Kitsap County, Washington, just as well at the Department of Labor. "I struggled with high school, the whole getting up and going to school type of thing," one participant told The Kitsap Sun. "Hearing about this program made me want to get up because you're making money every day & its more motivation for people who need an extra push."

A farewell
". . .I will miss the people, the smiles on the faces of children as they jump with joy in their very own new home, the smile on a senior citizen's face as they choose fresh food in a food bank that they can easily access, and the list goes on. My next chapter is full of family, friends, travel, and I hope a lower handicap on the golf course!"—Judith Olsen announcing her retirement, after 6 years, as president of Impact Capital

UCSF, a publication of the University of California at San Francisco, reports that a "enforcing residential bans on smoking could help large numbers of low-income people quit smoking, according to an analysis of federally funded national surveys by a California research team". . .Based on interviews w/ landlords in Baltimore, Cleveland & Dallas, HUD-funded study explores why landlords decide to rent - and NOT to rent - to low-income families in general & families with Housing Choice Vouchers in particular. . .HUD & Department of Justice launch national PSA campaign against sexual harassment in housing featuring 3 women who brought successful lawsuits against it under Fair Housing Act. . .USDA issues guidance on fiscal year 2018 appropriations language permitting persons legally-admitted to U.S. with H-2A visa as agricultural worker to live in USDA Section 515/516 assisted rural rental housing. . .HUD publishes new 2018 limits for limits for HOME Investment Partnership per-unit maximum subsidies. . .Center for Indian Country Develop issues Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership. . .Spring, 2018 issue of HUD's Evidence Matters looks at how "lengthy permitting & approval processes & community hearings" & "density limitations, height restrictions & parking requirements" affect supply of affordable housing. . .Government Accountability Office publishes update of "Yellow Book" - the guide on the content required in audits of agencies & programs receiving government funding - for first time since 2011. . .Alaska Department of Labor's July issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine - its annual cost-of-living issue - reports that "Alaska cities typically rank among the most expensive for a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese, but more U.S. cities have pulled ahead in recent years."

HUD sets August 2nd for state, local & Tribal governments to apply for a total of $212 million in Lead Paint Hazard Reduction grants. . .National Endowment for the Arts sets August 9th deadline to apply for Our Town creative placemaking grants. . .Washington State Department of Commerce sets August 9th deadline for Tribes & non-profits to apply for Building Communities Fund grants to cover up to 25 percent of capital costs of acquiring, constructing or rehabilitating nonresidential community & social service centers. . .USDA sets August 9th deadline to apply for Rural Housing Preservation grants of up to $50,000 each. . .Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines sets August 10th deadline to submit nominations for an individual representing Oregon & one representing Washington to serve from 2019 through 2021 on its Affordable Housing Advisory Council. . .Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines also sets August 10th deadline to apply for 2018 Smart Communities Award &, yes, competition's open to communities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington. . .HUD sets August 15th deadline for 26 Tribes currently receiving Tribal VASH - Veterans Affairs Support Housing - vouchers to seek renewal funds.. .Washington State Department of Commerce sets August 15th deadline for early childhood education providers, local governments, Tribes, community developers others to apply for $15.5 million in Early Learning Facilities grants to "expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms necessary to support state-funded early learning opportunities for low-income children". . .HUD sets August 20th deadline to submit comments on its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on possible amendments to HUD's 2013 final rule implementing the Fair Housing Act's disparate impact standard. . .USDA sets August 27th deadline to apply for farm labor housing for domestic farmworkers loans & grants. . .City of Seattle sets September 12th deadline to apply for some $40 million in city, state & HUD funds to preserve & produce affordable housing. . .HUD sets September 13th deadline to apply for $2.1 billion in funding to assist community-wide efforts by Continuums of Care to prevent & end homelessness. . .HUD sets September 17th deadline to apply for up to 5 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. . .Department of Labor sets September 18th deadline to apply for some 85 YouthBuild grants of between $700,000 & $1.1 million. . .Alaska Housing Finance Corporation sets October 5th deadline to apply for Special Purpose GOAL funds.


Idaho Smart Growth hosts citizen academy session on Housing for All: Disruptors, Challenges, and Strategies for Equity, August 1st, Boise Idaho. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Opportunity Zone Listening Session, August 2nd, Tacoma, Washington. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco host Opportunity Zone Listening Session, August 3rd, Seattle, Washington. Visit

Western Planner hosts Tribal Planning & Western Planners conference, August 5th to 8th, Ft. Hall, Idaho. Visit

FHA's Santa Ana Homeownership Center & HUD Oregon host FHA Lender Training, August 7th, Portland, Oregon. Visit

HUD Idaho hosts Prevailing Wage Compliance Workshop for Contracting Agencies, August 8th, Boise, Idaho. Visit

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians host 2018 Annual Drug Prevention Summit, August 8th & 9th, Anacortes, Washington. Visit

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling hosts Disaster Recovery Road Webinar for HUD-approved housing counselors, August 8th, on-line, Visit

FHA's Santa Ana Homeownership Center & HUD Oregon host Completing Today's FHA Appraisal Workshop, August 9th, Boise, Idaho. Visit

Rural Community Action Committee hosts Outreach & Well Assessment Workshop, August 9th, Caldwell, Idaho. Visit

HUD Idaho hosts Prevailing Wage Compliance Workshop for Contractors, August 9th, Boise, Idaho. Visit

Rural Community Assistance Corporation hosts Outreach & Well Assessment Workshop, August 9th, Caldwell, Idaho. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Conquering Compliance with Multiple Housing Programs Workshop, August 14th, Salem, Oregon. Visit

HUD Oregon hosts Fair Housing Basics Workshop, August 15th, Portland, Oregon. Visit

Washington Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Waiting List Management Webinar, August 15th, on-line. Visit

Rural Community Action Committee hosts Wastewater Operator Grade 1 Certification Workshop, August 15th, Spokane, Washington. Visit

Washington Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Webinar on Waiting List Management, August 15th, on-line. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Conquering Compliance with Multiple Housing Programs Workshop, August 16th, Lincoln City, Oregon. Visit

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling offers pre-certification Webinar for HUD-approved housing counselors on Housing Affordability, August 21st, 2018, on-line. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts HOME Investment Partnership Workshop, August 22nd, Grants Pass, Oregon. Visit

Rural Community Action Committee hosts Septic System Operation & Maintenance Workshop, August 23rd, Hayden, Idaho. Visit

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation hosts HOME Investment Partnership Fundamentals Workshop, August 27th & 28th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

FHA's Santa Ana Homeownership Center & HUD Washington host HUD Homes & Non-Profit Sales Program for eastern Washington & northern Idaho REALTORS, August 28th, Spokane, Washington. Contact HUD's Kim McCollim at kim.mccollim@hud.gov

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation hosts Underwriting HOME Investment Partnership Rental Projects, August 29th & 30th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation hosts HOME Investment Partnership Ongoing Rental Compliance Workshop, August 31st, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts HOME Investment Partnership Workshop, September 11, Salem, Oregon. Visit

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling hosts pre-certification Webinar for HUD-approved housing counselors on Fair Housing, August 29th, on-line. Visit

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling hosts pre-certification Webinar for HUD-approved housing counselors on Homeownership, September 6th, on-line. Visit

Alaska Association of REALTORS hosts Annual Conference, September 11th to 15th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Fair Housing Training & Hot Topics: Hoarding, Harassment, and Hoodlums Workshop, September 13th, Lincoln City, Oregon. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Compliance Advanced Workshop, September 12th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

Washington County & City Planning Directors Association hosts Annual Convention, September 12th to 14th, Chelan, Washington. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Compliance Fundamentals Workshop, September 14th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians host Annual Fall Conference, September 17th to 20th, Worley, Idaho. Visit

Oregon Association of REALTORS hosts annual fall conference, September 18th to 21st, Eugene, Oregon. Visit

Idaho Nonprofits hosts its annual state conference, September 19th to 21st, Nampa, Idaho. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Occupancy Focus Class for HUD Managers Workshop, September 19th, Grants Pass, Oregon. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Fundamentals Workshop, September 14th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

HUD Washington hosts Fair Labor Standards & Davis-Bacon Workshop for HUD Grantees, September 24th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

HUD Washington hosts Federal Labor Standards & Davis-Bacon Workshop for Contractors, September 25th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling offers pre-certification Webinar for HUD-approved housing counselors on Avoiding Foreclosure, September 25th, on-line. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Wednesday Workshop with Oregon Housing & Community Services on rent calculations & reviewing tenant files, September 26th, Salem, Oregon. Visit

Rural Community Action Committee hosts Outreach and Well Assessment Workshop, September 27th, Spokane, Washington. Visit

Washington Association of REALTORS hosts Fall Convention, September 26th to 28th, Spokane, Washington. Visit

League of Oregon Cities hosts 93rd annual convention, September 27th to 29th, Eugene, Oregon. Visit

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