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Northwest HUDLines
February 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
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THANKS
Time well spent
Every January & February thousands of volunteers help the 18 HUD Continuums of Care in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington to conduct a "point-in-time" or "snapshot" count of the homeless. There are some folks who kvetch that there's no way these volunteers can't possibly count single homeless person in their community. They're probably right.  After all, ever since Dewey beat Truman most of us realize no "snapshot" of one instant in time is a sure-fire predictor of what we'll see the next instant, next day or next month.  But that's not really the point of the point-in-time. Just ask Kira Zylstra, acting director of All Home, the continuum serving the homeless in Seattle ^ King County, Washington.  This year's count, she recently told KUOW, is "likely" to be an "under-representation" of the number of homeless. But counting's still worthwhile.  "It's important that we all have an understanding of what the problem really looks like, of the people that are out there needing our support, so we can respond in really relevant ways. The more we know about those that are in need, the better and more meaningfully we can respond."  Which is why HUD & its partners are so thankful for the thousands of volunteers who gave up a good night's sleep for a good cause - helping to prevent & end homelessness. It was time well-spent for data that will be well-used. Thank you.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS
HUD awards 2017 funding to help prevent & end homelessness
In January HUD awarded $103,383,985 to support more than 350 projects serving the homeless in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. Regionally, total funding was up just over $3 million from the prior year's awards. The awards were made to 18 Continuums of Care, organizations comprised of local governments, homeless advocates and service providers who coordinate an area's efforts to prevent and end homelessness and to identify local projects and practices that should receive HUD Continuum of Care funding.  "The awards we are announcing today come from the streets up," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Jeff McMorris, "reflecting the priorities of local Continuums that are driven by the expertise of those at work in the shelters and on the streets helping the homeless find a place to call home. It's demanding, critical work in which HUD is proud to be a partner." In a December report to the Congress, HUD reported that point-in-time counts conducted by Continuums estimated 38,947 homeless people in the Region in January 2017.

CONTINUUM OF CARE

2016 AWARD

2017 AWARD

CHANGE 16-17

Anchorage

$2,936,677

$2,932,595

($4,082)

Alaska Balance of State

$760,458

$798,651

$38,193

ALASKA TOTAL

$3,697,135

$3,731,246

$34,111

Boise/Ada County

$901,578

$916,120

$14,542

Idaho Balance of State

$2,767,872

$2,801,256

$33,384

IDAHO TOTAL

$3,669,450

$3,717,376

$47,926

Eugene/Springfield/Lane County

$3,377,840

$3,461,909

$84,069

Portland, Gresham/Multnomah County

$21,649,478

$22,902,688

$1,253,210

Medford/Ashland/Jackson County

$265,111

$257,733

($7,378)

Central Oregon

$597,510

$601,951

$4,441

Oregon Balance of State

$3,134,740

$3,165,384

$30,644

Hillsboro, Beaverton/Washington County

$3,367,261

$3,467,881

$100,620

Clackamas County

$2,294,569

$2,420,021

$125,452

OREGON TOTAL

$34,686,509

$36,277,567

$1,591,058

 

 

 

 

Seattle/King County

$34,457,083

$35,146,190

$689,107

Washington Balance of State

$6,373,115

$6,478,975

$105,860

Spokane City & County

$3,776,210

$3,785,801

$9,591

Tacoma/ Lakewood/Pierce County

$3,303,548

$3,327,896

$24,348

Everett/Snohomish County

$7,982,600

$8,205,677

$223,077

Yakima City & County

$503,296

$630,395

$127,099

Vancouver/Clark County

$1,738,388

$1,981,862

$243,474

WASHINGTON TOTAL

$58,134,240

$59,556,796

$1,422,056

REGION X TOTAL

$100,177,325

103,383,985

$3,210,660

View a complete list of all of the projects funded by the 2017 Continuum of Care competition Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington.  Today's awards to Continuums in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington were part of a HUD announcement of $2,011,348,825 to some 400 Continuums across the county, up $77 million from last year. 

CONTINUUM FUNDS COUNT
Our partners react
"The Continuum of Care funding that comes through the city" as a result of the funding awarded by HUD in January "is absolutely essential in our current strategy to try and solve homelessness in Spokane," Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities in Spokane, told The Spokesman Review.  "Renewal of this annual funding is absolutely critical to our regional efforts on homelessness," King County, Washington Executive Dow Constantine told All Home. "With federal support we will be able to create new permanent supportive housing across King County, providing much-needed resources for chronically homeless single adults, veterans and others."  For the "chronically homeless, it's the vast majority of money we receive. If we lost that funding, we would not be able to keep those apartments," added Jon Carollo of Volunteers of America Spokane.   "For the youth programs, it's the core funding."

BRIEF BRIEFS
Mortgage companies that service Oregon home loans now subject to the licensing & enforcement authority of the Department of Consumer & Business Services' financial regulation division...Anchorage officials tell Alaska Public Radio that calls for emergency police & medical services in area around city's main homeless shelter have declined "radically" under new restrictions on access for people "who aren't utilizing shelter resources" or are just "hanging out"...United Van Lines 41st annual National Movers Study ranks Oregon 2nd, Idaho 3rd & Washington 6th in proportion of inbound moves by households in 2017...City of Nampa, Idaho's urban renewal agency okays agreement to develop affordable housing for elderly on site of vacant Mercy Hospital that was badly-damaged by fire in 2016 says Idaho Press Tribune...RurALCAP & USDA considering Nome as site of mutual "self-help" housing development in rural Alaska says KNOM-FM...Cassie Franklin, Everett, Washington's new mayor, former mayor Ray Stephanson, Snohomish County executive Somers & Catholic Housing Service break ground on city-donated parcel for 65 units of "low barrier" housing for the homeless "low-barrier" housing for "the homeless & those living with mental illness," says The Herald...Thomas Kempner, executive director of Housing Works, central Oregon's public housing authority, to retire, says Bend Bulletin, after long association in which he "steered" completion of "affordable housing projects in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters & La Pine". .EPA includes brownfields sites in Portland, Oregon, North Renton & Vancouver, Washington on initial Superfund National Priorities List of sites which have greatest "redevelopment and commercial potential"...Bethlehem Baptist Church becomes  first house of worship in Tacoma, Washington to open shelter for homeless families under new City ordinance cutting costs & red-tape for organizations that want to do so reports KCPQ-TV...In charge of a HUD-funded Continuum of Care for the homeless covering 83,000 square miles, Idaho Housing & Finance Association launces statewide Access Points Network "to help the homeless," says executive director Gerald Hunter, & "provide easy access to housing programs & assistance in one stop"...During visit to Everett, Washington Governor Jay Inslee says Snohomish County's new, 44-bed "diversion center" to serve homeless & mentally-ill experiencing opioid addiction is "genius" & may as model statewide, reports The Herald...Modelled after its senior housing program, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation creates Statewide Homeless Housing Office to, says CEO Bryan Butcher, share "best practices in diverse communities & offer counseling for those ready to advance project funding requests."

CONGRATS.
Bank boosts affordable housing.
Congratulations to the 18 Member banks & 29 project sponsors who, as partners, won $18.7 million in Affordable Housing Program funds that will help in the development of more than 1,200 units of affordable housing across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington.  And thanks, of course, to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa for making the funds available & continuing, said Mike Wilson, the Bank's CEO, "mission of providing funding to lenders so the needs of communities are met.".

SPEAKING OF WHICH...Getting ready for FHLB-Des Moines 2018 funding competition
Interested in working with a Member bank of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to compete for  affordable housing program funds in 2018? Well, the Bank has published its 2018 Affordable Housing Program Implementation Plan.  And it has set May 1st as the start of the application for funds.  Worth noting, though, is that from February 1st to 28th it's accepting pre-applications to "to receive technical assistance prior to application" when the competition opens in May.  For details, see the Implementation Plan.

TIS' THE SEASON
Don't leave money on the table!
Every year hundreds of thousands of eligible families leave millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credit refunds "on the table" because they don't know how, where or when to apply for it. That's a real shame, made even worse by the fact that the IRS has easy way to get help filing taxes - i.e., by visiting the IRS' Free Tax Help search tool.  All you need is a ZIP Code.

CLOCK'S TICKING...FAST!
Stepping-up the effort
The Alaska Housing Finance Commission has set February 2nd to submit comments on proposed "special purpose" funding round under its GOAL-Greater Opportunities forAffordableLiving- to increase stock of affordable homeless & supportive housing.  For more, visit

SPEAK UP!
Some 22 million American families live in manufactured housing units that comprise about 10 percent of the nation's single-family stock. Given the growing demand for affordable housing, those numbers are likely to rise. Which is a major reason why, consistent with President Trump's Executive Order 13771, HUD has launched a "top-to-bottom" review of its manufactured housing regulations in an effort to identify any that are "inefficient, overly burdensome or excessively costly." As part of its "wholesale" review, HUD is seeking public feedback by February 26th. For more, see  The Federal Register.  .  

GOT VIEWS?
Improving outcomes
As part of his efforts to "critically examine its policies and practices to ensure they align with the Bureau's statutory mandate," Acting Director Mick Mulvaney of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that "in coming weeks" it will publish a series of Requests for Information seeking comment on enforcement, supervision, rulemaking, market monitoring, and education activities of the Bureau to provide "an opportunity for the public to submit feedback and suggest ways to improve outcomes for both consumers and covered entities."  The first Request - concerning Civil Investigative Demands - was published on January 24th with a 60-day comment period. For other Requests, visit the Bureau's newsroom

FLEX-ABILITY
The good old ways
Now in its fifth decade, HUD's Community Development Block Grant or CDBG, is, as government programs go, a bit of a dinosaur.  But among mayors & local officials it's as popular as ever. Why? For one very good reason - flexibility.   Because within the statutory parameter of serving principally persons of low and moderate income - i.e., 80 percent or less of area median income -  the where's, what's & how's of using CDBG funds are decided not by Federal bureaucrats, but by local elected officials after consultation with those they serve. The dollars come from the top down, but how to spend them is decided from the ground up.  And that's exactly why, for example, cities like Coeur d'Alene like CDBG.  "We're very proud," Mayor Steve Widmyer told The Coeur d'Alene Press, "to be able to provide support for programs & services that assist some of our most vulnerable residents."

BRIEF BRIEFS TOO
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation releases 2018 Housing Assessment noting that state's major housing challenges are "affordability, old or inadequate construction" & "inefficient use of energy"...HUD awards total of $1,976,056 in Fair Housing Initiatives Program funds to Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Anchorage, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. & the Intermountain Fair Housing Council in Boise, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon in Portland, the Northwest Fair Alliance in Spokane & the Fair Housing Center of Washington in Tacoma...Facing "enormous costs" of maintaining assisted public housing "scattered" all over county, Kitsap Sun says Housing Kitsap in Washington plans to convert inventory to HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration initiative to leverage more private funding to maintain its properties...Housing Company tells Post-Register it's now secured $7.7 million in tax credits from Idaho Housing & Finance Association & $1.8 million in historic tax credits from Idaho State Historic Preservation to finance renovation of Bonneville Hotel - built in 1927 & still the tallest building in downtown Idaho, Falls - beginning this fall...With Register-Guard's year-long series of stories as starting-point, more than 170 attend "sold-out" forum hosted by newspaper on preventing & ending homelessness in Eugene, Oregon...Thanks to $76 million in financing from FHA & City of Seattle, Washington's Multi-Family Tax Exemption developers get "green-light" to build Stazione 25 - 301 units of affordable, LEED Gold housing in Mt. Baker neighborhood says RenTV...North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, Idaho, built just a few years ago using an FHA-insured construction mortgage,, is one of just five hospitals in state to win 5-star rating from the Center  for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest-possible rating for overall hospital quality reports Times-News...Housing & Community Services Agency - HACSA - serving Eugene & Lane County has a new name - Homes for Good...Catholic Charities Housing begins building 51units of affordable housing as first of three-phase development on 12 acres recently-annexed by the City of Prosser, Washington, says Yakima Herald...Thanks to new shuttle service launched by St. Luke's medical center, St. Alphonsus' medical center & the Boise Rescue Mission., residents of the north Nampa, Idaho neighborhood - many with limited incomes & no cars - will be able to "shop fresh" at least once a week for groceries says Idaho Press Tribune...Thanks in part to projects like the Marion West affordable housing development in Seattle, Washington's U District, Puget Sound Business Journal names Low Income Housing Institute its 2018 Non-Profit Innovator of the Year.

NOFA-TUNITY
Getting & keeping the lead out
HUD sets March 20th deadline for public housing authorities to apply for a total of $25 million identify & address lead-based paint hazard in older units that were tested & abated over twenty years ago and those past control methods may no longer be effective. Some 30 grants are expected to be awarded of between $250,000 to $1 million each.  The Public & Indian Housing Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program will help authorities "evaluate & clean up lead-based paint hazards in their older housing developments" & "perform risk assessments and conduct specialized cleaning to remove or control lead-contaminated dust and soil in and around public housing units."

NOFA-TWO-NITY
Ending & preventing youth homelessness
HUD sets April 17th deadline to apply for a total of $43 million in Youth Homeless Demonstration Program funds to help communities to implement coordinated community approaches to preventing & ending youth homelessness.  Up to 11 grants will be awarded with at least 5 of them in rural areas.  Eligible applicants include state, county & local governments as well as registered 2017 Continuums of Care.

NOFA-THREE-NITY
Putting what's worked to work
HHS's Centers for Disease Control has set a February 20th deadline for Federally-recognized Tribes & tribally-designated organizations to apply for a total of $12 million in Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country funding to connect individuals & ccommunities to "tribal practices & cultural traditions" that support "good health & wellness" & that reduce "morbidity and mortality due to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes; and reducing risk factors for all chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska." Up to 28 grants of up to $150,000 are expected to be awarded.  

NOFA-FOUR-NITY
Expanding the safe housing stock
The Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women sets February 16th deadline to apply for a total of $20 million in Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking funding.  Up to 70 grants of up to $350,000 each are expected to be awarded to provide 6 to 24 months "of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing, as a result of a situation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient." Transitional housing may include facilities owned by the applicant, leased units or rental assistance. Eligible applicants include state, county & local governments, Federally-recognized Tribes & other organizations.

NO-FIVE-TUNITY
Re-connecting & re-housing the mentally-ill homeless
HHS' Substance & Mental Health Services Administration sets March 9th deadline to apply for state governments, Federally-recognized Tribes, universities & non-profit organizations to a total of nearly $10.4 million under its Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness program.  Up to 16 grants of up to $1 million each will be awarded to support  development or expansion of "infrastructure that integrates behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorder...to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated & evidence-based treatment services, peer support & other recovery support services & linkages to sustainable permanent housing."

ONE-MORE-TUNITY
Boosting homeownership among Native Americans
On a first-come, first-served basis the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines - yes, the Bank serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington - is now accepting applications  from its Member banks for up to $100k each to provide down payment & closing cost assistance up to $10,000 per eligible household through for its Native American Homeownership Initiative.  The Bank expects to make a total of $750,000 in such assistance available this year.  Member banks provide the funding to homebuyers and are then reimbursed by the Bank.

BRIEF BRIEFS THREE
President Trump signs bill that, says IndianZ.com, placing almost 32,000 acres in trust for the Cow Creek Band &  the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua& Siuslaw Indians while "addressing "land management issues for the Coquille Tribe" in Oregon...Thanks to 35 percent increase in the number of donations & a 57 percent increase in total dollars donated over 2016 Idaho Housing & Finance Association's 7th annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge raises $724,305 in 2017 to support 45 not-for-profits serving homeless statewide...With agriculture the "primary driver" of the local economy, Yakima, Washington Housing Authority bringing on 96 units of affordable housings, says KIMA-TV, to make sure farmworkers have "good place to live" during 2018 harvest...After 13 years during which the City, says The Bulletin, turned "about $12.5 million in funds from fees and federal block grants into nearly 1,200 new affordable homes," Jim Long retires as Bend, Oregon's affordable housing manager...Using & leveraging a portion of the $11 million in proceeds from sale of City-owned parcel on Seattle's south Lake Union, Seattle, Washington Mayor Jenny Durkan launches "Building a Bridge to Housing for All" to expand "bridge housing" capacity for the homeless & to launch Seattle Rental Assistance Pilot project for those on "edge of homelessness"...Described in 2014 as "poor" at managing its subsidized housing, City's Housing Bureau has "cleaned up its act" according to City Auditor, reports The Oregonian...CASA of Oregon & Office of Rural & Farmworker Housing open registration for 2018 Farmworker Housing Conference, July 25th to 27th in Hood River, Oregon...Mark Putnam, director of Seattle & King County, Washington's All Home campaign to prevent & end homelessness for the past 4 years, accepts post as executive director of Accelerator YMCA which, says Seattle Times, "provides more housing for homeless young adults than any other organization" in the County...EPA honors City of Troutdale, Oregon & its partners with Excellence in Site Re-Use award for their transformation of contaminated Superfund site into a "local economic engine"...Washington Department of Commerce awards $1 million Housing Trust Fund grant to YouthCare & Capitol Hill Housing to transform former Seattle College properties into youth opportunity center with up to 53 affordable housing units for homeless young people age 18 to 24...Mercer Island, Washington Rotary Club donates $25,000 that will enable LIHI to buy construction materials for 10 more tiny homes.

BY THE NUMBERS
A solid year for FHA in 2017
Calendar year 2017 was a solid one for Federal Housing Administration - FHA in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington.  It endorsed 56,421 mortgages - the 9th highest-volume in the 80-plus year history of FHA with a total dollar value of $12,604,018,038, its sixth-highest total in the region.  More than half of FHA's 2017 borrowers were first-time buyers. Since it began 80-plus years ago, FHA has insured 1.8 million mortgages worth just over $20.5 billion.  At year's end, 297,719 families in the region had in-force FHA-insured mortgages.  Nationwide, by the way, FHA endorsed just over 1.2 million mortgages with a total dollar value $237.3 billion in 2017. And now, onto 2018!

NOW-MINATE!
Healthy homes make for healthy people, healthy neighborhoods
The National Environmental Health Association & HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes has set a February 28th deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 HUD Secretary's Healthy Homes Award. The national competition "recognizes excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes research, education, and program delivery, especially in low-to-moderate income communities." Awards are expected in four categories - public & multi-family housing, policy & educational innovation, cross-program coordination & research. The awards will be presented at the Association's annual education & healthy homes conference in Anaheim, California in June. Previous winners of the HUD Secretary's Healthy Homes Award include the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Tribal Healthy Homes Network & the Seattle Housing Authority's Breathe Easy initiative.  

NOW-MINATE TOO!
We're looking for best practices in historic preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation & HUD have set a March 1st deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The national competition recognizes "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 & moderate-income families and individuals." Eligible projects must promote affordable housing, include HUD funds or financing, meet preservation guidelines & contribute to community or Tribal revitalization. The award will be presented at the summer meeting of the Council this year. Previous winners of the HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation include the Umpqua Community Development Corporation of Roseburg, Oregon

NOW-MINATE THREE!
Honoring philanthropy
The Council on Foundations & HUD have set a March 9th deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.  The award is now in its 6th year & focuses on recognizing "cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors" & their "impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents."  Prior year winners have included the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, the Oregon Community Foundation in Portland & the Raikes Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all in Seattle, Washington.

WORTH A READ
NIMBY goes YIMBY
Heidi Groover of The Stranger recently went to a public meeting about a City plan to create assisted housing for low-income families in the well-to-do Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. She arrived expecting tensions to be high, tempers short & cotton for the ears essential.  She left three hours later wondering where the NIMBY went..

WORTH A WONDER
Has a provision added to Oregon's Constitution in the 1800's "shackled" the City of Portland's ability to use its $258 million affordable housing tax levy approved by voters in 2016 to spark private investment in affordable housing? "Yep," says Dirk VandenHart of The Portland Mercury.

JUST PUBLISHED
USDA updates single-family direct area loan limits in eligible rural area in about half the states, says Housing Assistance Council, with updates for the balance expected in March. . HUD economists post new Housing Market Profiles for Spokane & Spokane Valley, Washington & for Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area...USDA Secretary Perdue issues Agriculture & Rural Prosperity Task Force Report to the President...Housing Assistance Council publishes report on Native American Creative Placemaking...Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines posts its 2018 Affordable Housing Program Implementation Plan...HUD posts update on current availability of financing under Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program to Community Development Block Grant entitlement & state grantees.

NOTES TO NOTE
Starting February 1st & ending February 28th Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines accepting pre-applications for technical assistance in advance of its 2018 Affordable Housing Program funding competition Washington Department of Commerce sets February 8th deadline to nominate candidates 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards...Oregon Housing & Community Services sets February 9th deadline to respond to request for applications to be determined an sufficiently experienced to implement a Rent Guarantee Program to "provide incentives and financial assistance to landlords that rent or lease to low income households by guaranteeing payments to landlords for unpaid rent and for eviction and property damage costs"...HUD sets February 12th deadline to submit comments on & for communities to express interest in participating in the pilot described in its Advance Notification the EnVision Center Demonstration pilot...Office of Violence Against Women sets February 16th deadline to apply for up to 70 grants of up to $350,000 each through its Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence & Stalking program...EPA sets February 16th deadline to apply for up to 10 grants of up to $120,000 each under its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement program...HHS' Centers for Disease Control sets February 20th deadline to apply for $12 million in Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country funds...Oregon Governor Kate Brown & Business Oregon set February 21st deadline to apply for Oregon Rural Broadband Pilot to increase service in rural areas...HUD sets February 26th deadline to submit comments on its "top-to-bottom" review of its manufactured housing rules...Department of Veterans Affairs sets February 28th deadline to apply for per diem funding under its Homeless Providers Per Diem & Grant program...HUD sets February 28th deadline to submit nominations for 2018 HUD Secretary's Healthy Homes Award...HUD sets March 1st deadline to submit nominations for 2018 HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation...SAMSHA sets March 9th deadline to apply for almost $10.4 million through its Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness program...HUD sets March 9th deadline to submit nominations for 2018 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships...HUD sets March 20th deadline for public housing authorities to apply for a total of $25 million to identify & mitigate lead-based paint hazards in their older housing stock through its Public & Indian Housing Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program...Association of Washington Cities sets March 26th to submit nominations for 2018 Municipal Excellence Awards...Seattle, Washington's Downtown Emergency Service Center says registration now open for 2018 Housing First Partners Conference, April 9th to 12th, in Denver, Colorado...HUD sets April 17th deadline to apply for total of $43 million in Youth Homeless Housing Demonstration Program funds.

COMING UP
International Living Future Institute hosts Bringing Regenerative Design to Your Practice, February 1st & 2nd, Bainbridge Island, Washington. Visit

HUD's Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities host workshop on Meth Decontamination, February 6th & 7th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance hosts Fair Housing Basics Webinar, February 8th, on-line.  Visit 

Portland State University's Institute on Sustainability hosts 2018 Elevating Impact Summit, February 9th, Portland, Oregon. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Fundamentals Workshop, February 13th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

HUD hosts Webinar on Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program, February 13th, on-line. Visit

Puget Sound Regional Council hosts Vision 2050 Listening Session, February 13th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

HUD's Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities host Audit Preparation Workshop, February 13th & 14th, Fairbanks, Alaska. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Conquering HUD Compliance workshop, February 14th to 16th, Salem, Oregon. Visit

Alaska Municipal League hosts Winter Conference, February 20th to 22nd, Juneau, Alaska. Visit

RCAC hosts Disaster Preparation & Recovery Webinar for Housing Counselors
February 20th(first session) & February 22nd(second session), on-line. Visit

Puget Sound Regional Council hosts Vision 2050 Listening Session, February 20th, Fife, Washington. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Two Seminar Thursday with workshops focused on Advanced HUD Budgeting & on Understanding How to Maximize Your Section 8 Contract, February 22nd, Salem, Oregon. Visit

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance hosts Fair Housing & Assistance Animals Webinar, February 20th, on-line. Visit

Puget Sound Regional Council hosts Vision 2050 Listening Session, February 22nd, Lynnwood, Washington. Visit

Puget Sound Regional Council hosts Vision 2050 Listening Session, February 27th, Bremerton, Washington. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Workshop for Maintenance Techs, Managers & Residential Service Coordinators, February 28th, Salem, Oregon. Visit

Okanogan Housing Authority, USDA, Washington State Housing Finance Commission & HUD host free Keys to Homeownership - Session 1 - workshop, March 2nd, Okanogan, Washington. Contact mika.mclean@usda.gov

Okanogan Housing Authority, USDA, Washington State Housing Finance Commission & HUD host free Keys to Homeownership - Session 2 - workshop, March 3rd, Okanogan, Washington. Contact mika.mclean@usda.gov

University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative hosts 2018 National Urbanism Next Conference, March 5th to 7th, Portland, Oregon. Visit

HUD's Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities host Environmental Review for HUD-Assisted Properties Workshop, February 6th to 8th, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Fundamentals Workshop, March 13th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Advance Tax Credits Workshop, March 14th, Seattle, Washington. Visit

Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Conquering LIHTC Compliance Workshop, March 14th to 16th, Salem, Oregon. Visit

HUD's Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities host Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200 (Super Circular) Workshop, March 20th to 21st, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

Federal Emergency Management Agency hosts Mitigation Planning Workshop, March 21st & 22nd, Caldwell, Idaho. Visit

HUD's Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities hosts Basic Financial Management for Small Tribes Workshop, March 22nd & 23rd, Anchorage, Alaska. Visit

HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs hosts Train-the-Trainer workshop on Credit Counseling, March 27th & 28th, Pt. Angeles, Washington. Visit

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