|HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington
Jeff McMorris, Region X Regional Administrator
|Leland Jones, Editor, 206/220-5356 or Leland.email@example.com|
ON THE RISE
FHFA increases "conforming" mortgage limits
The Great Recession is now well behind us & our nation's economy is enjoying its 10th year of recovery. All in all, that's good news for most Americans though, as you may have noticed, that the cost of buying a new or existing home has been climbing in most markets. That makes achieving the American Dream of homeownership harder for a lot of low- & moderate-income families as well families just "starting out." Realizing that the Federal Housing Administration – FHA – raised the maximum mortgage amount FHA will insure on 1 to 4 unit homes in virtually every market big, small or anywhere in between effective for loan applications receiving an FHA case number on or after January 1st. For "base" base markets the maximum mortgage FHA will insure on a 1-unit home has risen to $314,827 in calendar year 2019 from $294,515 in 2018. However, since by law the mortgage limits are based on the median sales price in a particular market, in higher-cost markets – i.e., Seattle, Anchorage, Portland metro – the FHA mortgage limit & high-cost markets 1 family limit can be as high as $726,525 in calendar 2019, up from $679,650 in 2018. For the new, higher FHA mortgage limit in your community, visit.
FHA also has increased mortgage insurance limits in calendar 2019 for Home Equity Conversion – or "reverse" – mortgages. See
JUST THE FHA-CTS
So, is FHA mortgage insurance really that important a tool for families looking to achieve the American Dream of homeownership? Well, consider the numbers. Since its creation during the 1930's, FHA has helped almost 1.9 million families in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington get a mortgage & buy a home, often their very first one. You probably know a family that has since, as of January 3rd, 2019, there were 294,132 families – more than 60 percent of them first-time buyers - in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington with active FHA-insured mortgages with a total dollar value of $60.1 billion., In the months & years ahead you can be sure that FHA will help thousands upon thousands more families to do the same. The more the merrier & the stronger will be the neighborhoods & communities we call home.
HUD awards 133 additional Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or VASH vouchers to King County, Spokane, Pierce County, Portland, Clackamas County, Washington County & the Idaho Housing Finance Association to provide permanent, affordable, supportive housing to vets who are or are at risk of homelessness. . .Microsoft president Brad Cook says it will pledge $500 million "to address homelessness & build affordable housing across Puget Sound region," says Seattle Times. . .Saying "access to safe and affordable housing is a critical issue in every community we serve" Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines president Mike Wilson announces the award of $52.6 million in Affordable Housing Funds to support the production & preservation of affordable housing for 3,800 families including six Member bank-non-profit housing organization projects with 207 units in Alaska. two project with 64 units in Idaho, two projects with 67 units in Oregon & 25 projects with 623 units in Washington. . .Alaska Association of REALTORS names Devon Thomas of Signature Real Estate in Wasilla as its 2018 REAALTOR of the Year. . .Municipality of Anchorage proposes to offer 12-year property tax breaks to build affordable housing in downtown says Daily News. . .Central City Concern, Meyer Memorial Trust & City of Portland, Oregon celebrate grand opening of Charlotte Rutherford Place providing 51 more units of affordable housing says KATU-TV. . .Washington State Department of Commerce awards $10.5 million in HUD Community Development Block Grant funds to 17 smaller, rural communities for park, water & sewer systems upgrades, community centers & housing rehab programs. . .Boise, Idaho City Council votes unanimously Council gives green light to Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation's plans to build Valor Pointe, a 27-unit HUD VASH-supported permanent housing complex for homeless says Boise Dev. . .Idaho Association of REALTORS names David Hensley who previously served as Governor Otter's chief of staff as its new chief executive officer effective January 7th. . .With $2.5 million in grants secured, Juneau, Alaska Housing Collaborative tells KTOO-FM it's "closer" to doubling the capacity of the 32-unit facility for the chronically-homeless it opened in 2017. . .Lane County, Oregon commission votes unanimously to award $2 million in Housing Improvement Funds to 5 projects support development of 90 units of affordable apartments & tiny homes for variety of populations including foster children, persons with prior convictions, homeless veterans & chronically homeless says Register Guard. . .With building permits approved, says KREM-TV, Catholic Charities begins construction of 51-unit Father Bach Haven IV & 50-unit Father Bach Haven V, both to provide affordable, permanent housing to the chronically-homeless in downtown Spokane, Washington. . .HUD awards $103.8 million in HUD Continuum of Care funds – including $3,634,369 in Alaska,$3,545,130 in Idaho, $35,692,741 in Oregon & $61,020,961 in Washington -to renew support for almost 300 local projects that are preventing & ending homelessness(HUD funds for new Continuum projects will be announced shortly).
THANKS. . .
. . .To our dedicated, hardworking partners & thousands of volunteers who in January braved a cold winter's late night & early morning conducting the annual "point in time" count of the homeless in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington. Though just a snapshot, the data & information you collected is invaluable in helping us both locally & nationally to gauge who among our most vulnerable citizens we are serving & how we can serve them better. We greatly appreciate your counts & the commitment to helping others your efforts reflect. Thank you.
SPEAKING OF WHICH .
While the "point-in-time" count of America's homeless in 2019 is still being tabulated, in December HUD submitted its Annual Homeless Assessment Report to the Congress which offers a very comprehensive statistical look at what the 2017 "point-in-time" count told us about the nation's homeless in January 2017. The top-line for our region? Homeless numbers hold steady from 2017 to 2018 in Idaho but rose over same period in Alaska (+9.3 percent), Oregon (+3.7 percent) & Washington (+5. percent). At the local, Continuum of Care level, the data estimates:
In the Anchorage Continuum overall homelessness fell 3 percent from 2017 to 1,128 individuals in 2018. There were 87 homeless families counted in January 2018, the same as in 2017, and well below the 151 in 2010. In part reflecting HUD's focus on making more permanent supportive housing opportunities more available for people with disabling health conditions who otherwise continually cycle through local shelters or the streets, the number of chronic homeless counted rose 43 percent to 163 individuals in 2018. The number of sheltered homeless rose 2.8 percent to 1,000 in 2018 while the number off unsheltered fell 38 percent to 94.
In the Alaska Balance-of-State Continuum from 2017 to 2018 the overall number of homeless rose 27.4 to 922 people. 38.5 percent from 2017 to 2018 to 106 families. AS a result of HUD's focus on more permanent, supportive housing who otherwise continually cycle through the shelter system, the number of chronically homeless rose 58 percent from to 162 individuals. The number of sheltered individuals rose 22.3 percent from 2017 to 2018 to 707 people as did the numbered of unsheltered, rising 46.7 percent to 215 people.
In the Boise-Ada County Continuum the overall number of homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 and was below the 2010 number. The number of sheltered homeless was down slightly and there were almost 400 fewer sheltered homeless than in 2010 while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to and the number of the chronically-home fell from 2017 to 20187chthe Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose to over 600 individuals in 2018 while he number of homeless veterans dropped slightly from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless families more than doubled to 44 from 2017 to 2018 but was the 71 counted in 2010.
In the Idaho Balance-of-State Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but both remained below the 2010 count. The number of sheltered homeless fell while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2018 to 2017 though both remained below 2010 levels. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose significantly while the number of homeless veterans was basically unchanged from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless families quadrupled from 2017 to 2018 but remained below the 2010 count.
In the Portland-Gresham-Multnomah County Continuum the overall number of homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 and remains below the number in 2010. The number of sheltered homeless fell from 2017 to2018 and remains below 2010 while the number of unsheltered homeless was unchanged but above the 2010 number. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 and is more than 500 higher than in 2010. The number of homeless veterans fell from 2017 to 2018 as did the number of homeless families which, in 2018, was less than half the number counted in 2018.
In the Medford-Ashland-Jackson County Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but is still below the number in 2010. The number of sheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 and is now higher than in 2010 while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but is below 2010. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose and is now above the 2010 number. The number of homeless veterans rose from 2017 to 2018 as did, slightly the number of homeless families counted but the latter is still below the count in 2010.
In the Central Oregon Continuum, the overall number of homeless rose slightly from 2017 to 2018 but is still below the 2010 numbers. The number of sheltered homeless rose slightly from 2017 to 2018 and is slightly below the 2010 level while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 is more than two-thirds higher than the 2010 number. The number of chronically-homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 but is still higher than the number in 2010. The number of homeless veterans fell by a quarter from 2017 to 2018 and remains below the 2010 count while the number of homeless families fell from 2017 and 2018 and also remains below 2010.
In the Oregon Balance-of-State Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but remains more than a quarter below the number in 2010. The number of sheltered homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 and remains below the 2010 number while the number of unsheltered homeless rose by a third from 2017 to 2018 but is well below 2010. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless more than doubled from 2017 to 2018 and is considerably higher than the number in 2010. The number of homeless veterans rose by more than a quarter from 2017 to 2018 while the number of homeless families also increased from 2017 to 2019 but is still only about a third the number in 2010.
In the Hillsboro-Beaverton-Washington County Continuum the overall number of homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 and is still well below the number in 2010. The number of sheltered homeless fell slightly from 2017 to 2018 and is still below 2010 while the number of unsheltered homeless dropped slightly but is only about half the number counted in 2010. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose slightly from 2017 to 2018 and was slightly above the 2010 number. The number of homeless veterans rose slightly from 2017 to 2018 while the number of homeless families fell from 2017 to 2018 and was less than a third the number in 2010.
In the Clackamas County Continuum, the overall number of homeless fell by more than 20 percent from 2018 to 2017 and was less than a third the number in 2010. The number of sheltered homeless fell significantly from 2017 to 2018 and is well below 2010 while the number of unsheltered homeless remained unchanged and well below 2010. The number of chronically-homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 as did the number of homeless veterans. The number of homeless families also dropped from 2017 to 2018 is down 75 percent from 2010
In the Seattle-King County Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 and is more than a quarter above the 2010 count. The number of sheltered homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 and is below the 2010 number while the number of unsheltered homeless also rose from 2017 to 2018 and was more than twice the number counted in 2010. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 almost quadrupling the number counted in 2010. The number of homeless veterans fell from 2017 to 2018 as did the number of homeless families which in 2018 is less than half the number of families counted in 2010.
In the Washington Balance-of-State Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but remains below the 2020 count. The number of sheltered homeless fell but the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018. Reflecting HUD's focus on providing permanent, supportive housing to homeless individuals who otherwise would continually cycle from shelter-to-street-to-shelter, the number of chronically-homeless rose from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless veterans rose while the number of homeless families fell from 2017 to 2018.
In the Spokane City and County Continuum, the overall number of homeless in 2018 rose from 2017 and was slightly above the 2010 count. The number of sheltered homeless fell while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018. The number of the chronically-homeless fell while the number of homeless veterans rose from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless families rose from 2017 & still below 2010.
In the Tacoma-Lakewood-Pierce County Continuum, the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but remained the 2010 count. The number of sheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but was just under half the number in 2010 while unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 almost five times the number in 2010. The number of chronically-homeless dropped very slightly while the number of homeless veterans rose slightly from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless families fell slightly from 2017 to 2018 and is almost just one-third of the number in 20110.
In the Everett-Snohomish County Continuum the overall number of homeless fell from 2017 to 2018 to considerably less than half the number in 2010. The number of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless fell from 2017 to 2018. The number of chronically-homeless was basically unchanged while the number of homeless veterans fell from 2017 to 2018. The number of homeless families fell from 2017 to 2018 and was just one-fifth the number counted in 2010.
In the Vancouver-Clark County Continuum the overall number of homeless rose from 2017 to 2018 but remained below the 2010 count. The number of sheltered homeless fell while the number of unsheltered homeless rose from 2017 to 2018. The number of chronically-homeless, homeless veterans and homeless families rose from 2017 to 2018.
BRIEF BRIEFS TOO
Another year passes & another 20-day Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge spearheaded by the Home Partnership & the Idaho Housing & Finance Association is a smashing success with contributions from 2,653 donors & 40 sponsors to raise $875,493 to support the efforts of more than 50 homelessness across the state. . .Eight public & tribal housing organizations in Alaska, Idaho & Washington state are among some 100 winners of $29 million in HUD funds to promote economic self-sufficiency among their residents. . .Coastal Villages Region Fund launches pilot in Eek, Alaska, says KTOO-FM, to see if affordable, energy-efficient "tiny homes" can help reduce overcrowded housing crisis in rural Native villages on west coast of Alaska. . .With financial support from some 18 organizations including HUD, New Path Community - Idaho's first "Housing First" housing - opens in Boise, Idaho reports KIVI-TV with safe, affordable & supportive housing to 40 of city's most vulnerable homeless. . .It's been "a long time coming" say residents of Portland, Oregon's Cully neighborhood, but finally Sugar Shack strip club will be torn down & Hacienda CDC will build 140 units of affordable housing on site says KGW-TV. . .Thanks to $500,000 from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation the Lower Kuskokwin School District says up to 50 students - double the original estimate - will be attending school at the new village of Metarvik, being built as a new home for residents of the damaged village of Newtok that is threatened by coastal flooding says KYUK-FM. . .Seattle, Washington Mayor Jenny Durkan says City to invest $75 million to build 1,197 affordable apartments & preserving 238 existing affordable units plus invest $10m in 200 additional units in Northgate area, "the largest number ever in 1 year. . .Washington State Department of Commerce awards almost $23 million in grants & loans to support development of 301 units of affordable rental & 80 units of seasonal farmworker housing in 9 communities urban & rural across Washington state. . .Cannon Beach, Oregon Council votes unanimously to award its first workforce housing incentives generated by voter-approved excise tax on real estate transactions to restore & expand Sea Lark Apartments that were damaged by fire last year . . Port of Anacortes, Washington transfers historic Olson Building in downtown to Anacortes Housing Authority to convert it to affordable housing says GoAnacortes. . .City of Boise, Idaho unveils details of housing affordability plan which, says Idaho Press Tribune, includes $20 million public-private land trust, affordable housing incentives zoning changes to increase density. . .Northwest Real Estate Capital's 50-unit Colorado Gardens for the elderly opens in Nampa, says Idaho Business Review. . .Facing an "incredible housing shortage," says KIMA-TV, City of Ellensburg & Central Washington University agree to work together to create "more options to an area that has little to none space for rent". . .Oregon Association of REALTORS HOME Foundation awards more than $196,000 to local associations of REALTORS to promote homeownership among below-median income borrowers in partnership with some 30 non-profit organizations, Habitat for Humanity chapters & NeighborWorks affiliates. . .Spokane, Washington City Council unanimously adopts series pf ordinances that. Says KXLY-TV, will lead to "taller buildings on narrower lots with reduced parking in certain" high-density zones of the city& "that are aligned with public transit. . .Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler & Multnomah County Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury announce award of $2 million to two affordable housing complexes proving 93 additional housing units for chronically-homeless, more than double initially expected from solicitation.
ANSWERING THE KNOCK
Making opportunity work
On December 12th President Donald J. Trump signed executive order 13853 creating the White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council with HUD Secretary Carson as chair to streamline & target Federal programs to Opportunity Zones" where new investments may qualify for preferential tax treatment. "Too often, new investments into distressed communities are "here today, gone tomorrow,"" the Secretary said following the signing. "By offering incentives that encourage investors to think in terms of decades instead of days, Opportunity Zones ensure that development is "here today, here to stay. This long-term approach means that new growth becomes consistent growth and new jobs become steady jobs. The result is an innovative market- and place-based approach that creates a win-win for investors and distressed communities alike. The Council will help improve the efficiency of this process & is ready to consider more than 150 actions to better target, streamline, and coordinate federal programs in Opportunity Zones."
The U.S. may not be as wired as you think as Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey finds, reports FedSmith, that almost a quarter – 22 percent - of households aren't subscribed to Internet & 35 percent of rural & low-income households lack broadband access.
"Few metropolitan families with children using vouchers live in low-poverty neighborhoods (poverty rate below 10 percent), despite the presence of affordable units. Specifically, 14 percent of metropolitan families using vouchers live in low-poverty neighborhoods, but 25 percent of metropolitan voucher-affordable rental units are located there. Similarly, high-poverty areas (poverty rate at or above 30 percent) contain 33 percent of metropolitan families using vouchers but only 22 percent of metropolitan voucher-affordable rentals. These figures vary widely among the 50 largest metro areas. For example, the share of voucher-assisted families with children living in high-poverty neighborhoods ranges from 1 percent in the San Jose metro area to 61 percent in the Buffalo metro area." - Where Families With Children Use Housing Vouchers: A Comparative Look at the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas, a report by the Center on Budget & Policy, January 3rd, 2019.
"Yes!" to homeownership
"As Governor, I will seek to reflect our shared Idaho values and aspirations. . .This means making decisions through one lens: the lens of ensuring the best possible opportunities for us, our children and grandchildren to remain in Idaho and enjoy our unparalleled quality of life. .As we seek ways to reduce health care costs and protect the public, we also must make sure state government is reducing all unnecessary barriers to prosperity. One barrier is the daunting financial reality facing first-time homebuyers, particularly young people just starting their careers and families. One specific proposal I will champion to help more Idahoans achieve the American Dream is the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account. This account will encourage young families to set aside part of their pre-tax income to make a down payment on their first home. . ." – Brad Little, in his first State of the State & Budget Address as the 33rd Governor of Idaho, January 7th, 2019.
QUOTABLE & NOTABLE
A middle point
"Housing affordability is one of the biggest threats to our quality of life and economic future. While we must remain steadfastly committed to addressing the toll on low- income and homeless residents, we must also recognize a growing and less visible aspect of the affordability crisis – middle-income families and individuals are being priced out of our community." – Christine Gregoire, Former Washington Governor & now chief executive officer of Challenge Seattle, a non-profit organization of representatives of 17 of the region's "leading businesses & philanthropies," The Kent Reporter, January 30th, 2019.
BRIEF BRIEFS THREE
HUD awards total of $1.2 million to Northwest Fair Housing in Spokane & Fair Housing Center of Washington, Fair Housing Center of Oregon & Alaska Legal Services Corporation to insure compliance with Fair Housing Act. . .USDA awards $1.2 billion in Water & Wastewater Infrastructure upgrade project grants & loans in 46 states including 4 projects in Alaska , 4 in Idaho, 2 in Oregon & 8 in Washington. . .Oregon Department of Health wins 3.4 million in HUD Healthy Homes & Lead Based Paint & Hazard Reduction grants to " to remove lead from the homes" that at risk kids "live in& prevent other children from being poisoned". . .Owners of 450-unit Heatherstone Apartments in Kennewick, Washington undertaking $20 million renovations & upgrades, the first since it opened in 1996 says KEPB-TV. . .With affordable housing shortage a "dominant issue" in the Palouse area of eastern Washington & western Idaho, says Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Partnership for Economic Prosperity launches Palouse Regional Housing Needs Assessment. . .City of SeaTac, Washington Council votes 5 to 1, reports Westside Seattle, to take "fist steps" to build 665u of affordable housing near South Sound light rail line using proceeds from sale of city-owned parcel. . .Following $2 million in renovations, King County, Washington opens shelter to be operated by Salvation Army for 100 men & women in Harborview Hall which has been unused for a decade, says Seattle Weekly, on the campus of Harborview Medical Center on the city's First Hill. . .Since winning its first $300,000 grant award in 2017, Anchorage, Alaska making use of EPA brownfields grants to find "creative ways to open-up abandoned, underused & blighted-u property" to economic & housing development says Daily News. . .Chelan Valley Land Trust tells The Mirror it hopes to start building up to 20 workforce housing units on two acres donated to it by the Lookout on Lake Chelan, Washington. . .After 6 "incredible years" at its helm, Washington Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender to depart expressing hopes he'll be able to "build a more sustainable schedule with his wife and two young children" & Governor Inslee announces that Lisa Brown, former chancellor at Washington State University in Spokane will succeed him. . .Tacoma, Washington Housing Authority wins $50,000 Tacoma Power Evergreen Options Renewable Energy grant it will use to "solarize" is 12-bed crisis housing center for homeless young people age 12 to 17 says NW Facts. . .News Tribune reports that partnership between Tacoma, Washington Housing Authority, the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma & developer Koz Development will reserve half of developer's 8-story,102-unit apartment building across from the campus for students with half set-aside for students who are homeless.
HUD, EPA & HHS unveil Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. . .U.S. Census most newt 5-year – 2013 to 2017 - American Community Survey for "income, housing, education and other subjects for states, counties, and smaller areas such as zip codes". . .Seattle-based Zillow issues study finding that "communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness". . .With more than half the nation's households now headed by someone over 50, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University releases Housing America's Older Households 2018, a supplement to its previously-published sate of the nation's housing stock. . .HUD publishes How to Govern Geographically Diverse Continuums of Cares: Leading by Providing a Regional Voice. . .Washington State Department of Commerce publishes updated buildable land guidelines for local governments. . .Census Bureau's American Community Survey publishes small area income & poverty estimates on where folks got richer & where they got poorer from 2007 to 2017. . .As directed by Oregon Kate Brown Climate Cabinet, Oregon Housing & Community Services & state's Public Service Commission issue report on adequacy of energy assistance, efficiency & weatherization programs for low-income residents. . .If you missed the Housing Washington Affordable Housing Conference, the Washington Housing Finance Commission's uploaded 21 presentations from the conference you can watch at your leisure. . .Native American Indian Housing Council issues findings from the 2018 National Tribal Housing & Homeownership Survey which include that "tribal housing programs appear to be largely dependent on" HUD "as the primary source of development funding."
NOTES TO NOTE
Metro of Portland sets February 4th deadline to apply for Community Placemaking Grants of between $5,000 & $25,000 for projects that "strengthen social ties to one another and the places where we live". . .Alaska Housing Finance Corporation sets February 8th deadline for non-profit organizations to submit notice of intent to apply for up to $1 million in HUD under Corporation's Homeownership Development Program funds. . .HUD sets February 14th deadline for local governments, non-profit & for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, councils of government & metropolitan planning organizations to apply for some 20 Community Compass technical assistance & capacity-building grants. . .EPA sets February 15th deadline to apply for up to 50 Environmental Justice Small Grants of up to $30,000 each to help underserved communities understand & address environmental & public health issues. . .EPA extends deadline to February 18th to apply for its National Environmental Leadership Award for Asthma Management. . .USDA sets April 29th deadline to apply for $200 million in grants & May 29th deadline for $200 million in loans to "build broadband infrastructure in rural America". . .Oregon Housing & Community Services sets September 3rd deadline for eligible manufactured housing parks, residents of mobile home parts & non-profits to apply for a total of $24 million to gain "control over rising rents or taking control when park owners are considering closing the Park". . .USDA's Rural Utilities Service sets September 30th, 2019 deadline for nonprofits, Tribes & state & local governments to apply for Rural Broadband Access Loans of between $100,000 & $25 million that will be awarded on a rolling, first-come-first-serve basis.
Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association hosts a Webinar on Autism Planning & Design Guidelines, 1.0, February 1st, on-line. Visit
Idaho Smart Growth hosts Wildfire Planning Workshop - Planning for Wildfire on the Edge of Development, February 4th, Caldwell, Idaho. Visit
HUD Utah hosts Workshop, on Grantwriting – The Basics of Obtaining Financing Support for Your Cause & Your Clients, February 7th & 8th, Ogden, Utah. Visit
Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Fundamentals of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Workshop, February 12th, Vancouver, Washington. Visit
Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Maintenance Workshop, February 12th, Salem, Oregon. Visit
Rural Community Action Corporation hosts Webinar on HUD Requirements for Housing Counselors, February 21st, on-line. Visit
Oregon Chapter of American Planning Association hosts Webinar on Tribal Planning, February 21st, on-line. Visit
Washington Housing Finance Commission hosts Tax Credit Fundamentals Workshop, March 12th, Seattle, Washington. Visit
Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Conquering Low Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance Course, March 12th to 14th, Salem, Oregon. Visit
Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts Advanced Tax Credit Compliance Workshop, March 13th, Seattle, Washington. Visit
Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Occupancy Focus Class for Mixed-Funded/HUD Properties, March 19th, Salem, Oregon. Visit
Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Annual RD Workshop, Part 1, March 22nd, Salem, Oregon. Visit
Seattle, Washington hosts Main Street Now national conference, March 25th to 27th, Seattle. Visit
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