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February 2022

Serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

HUD Region X News

SEATTLE, WA: Margaret Salazar Joins HUD as Regional Administrator in the Northwest
President Biden announced the appointment of Margaret Salazar to serve as HUD Regional Administrator for Region 10, serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Regional Administrator Salazar will oversee HUD operations, including offices in each of the four states.

ST. MICHAEL, AK: "Once in a Lifetime Funding": Bering Strait Region Villages Receive Federal
Money to Address Housing Shortages

For prospective homebuyers in the Alaska village of St. Michael a cluster of gravel pads represents hope. Soon the 26 gravel pads will serve as the foundation for tiny homes after a $1,035,000 grant through HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant Program.

MOUNT VERNON, WA: Housing Authority of Skagit County in Midst of Latest Project
The Housing Authority of Skagit County held a groundbreaking for an apartment complex that will serve low-income farmworkers, military veterans and people with disabilities. The project will open for tenants in early 2023 and will include HUD VASH vouchers.

JUNEAU, AK: Federal Housing Funding Directed to Southeast Programs
HUD awarded $4 million to two Juneau organizations - Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and Alaska Heat Smart - aimed remediating lead and other health and safety hazards in dozens of lower income family homes in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

EUGENE, OR: We're Taking You on a Virtual Construction Tour of The Nel!
In 2021 Homes for Good broke ground on 45 units of Permanent Supportive Housing using HUD funds. The Nel will be completed in July 2022; however, Homes for Good is offering a "virtual construction tour” to learn more about the project.

SEATTLE, WA: Chief Seattle Club Opens Housing Development for Homeless Households
The native-led housing and human services agency Chief Seattle Club opened its 80-unit housing development in Pioneer Square on January 24. The new urban Indian development received funds from the City of Seattle Community Development Block Grant for a portion of the project.

Region X Funding Awards

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Washington Disaster Survivors (1/7/2022)
HUD announced federal disaster assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding and mudslides in November 2021 for the counties of Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom and the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, and Quileute Tribe.

HUD Awards $5 Million to Alaskan Organizations to Protect Families from Home Hazards (1/12/2022)
HUD awarded nearly $104.7 million to 60 non-profit organizations, and state and local government agencies located in 29 states to protect children and families from home health hazards, including $5 million to three Alaskan organizations.

HUD Announces More Than $31 Million to Alaskan and Washington Tribal Communities to Deliver Equitable COVID-19 Relief (1/18/2022)
HUD awarded more than $83 million in Indian Community Block Grant-American Rescue Plan (ICDBG-ARP) grants to 74 Tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third round of ICDBG-ARP awards.

HUD Announces Disaster Assistance for Alaska Disaster Survivors (1/19/2022)
HUD announced federal disaster assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the Kenai Peninsula Borough area of Alaska affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from October 29 to November 1, 2021.

HUD Awards Grants in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to Support Housing Counseling Programs (1/24/2022)
HUD awarded $51.4 million in housing counseling grants to 177 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies and intermediary organizations, including four grants in HUD Region X to agencies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

HUD Announces Landlord Incentives Cohort of 'Moving to Work' Demonstration (1/27/2022)
HUD announced the Landlord Incentives cohort of the expansion of the Moving to Work Demonstration Program, including Homes for Good in Oregon and the Spokane and Yakima Housing Authorities in Washington.

Funding Opportunities

FY 2021 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program – CLOSING 2/15/2022
Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders such as public housing authorities, cities, schools, police, business owners, nonprofits, and private developers, come together to create and implement a plan that revitalizes distressed HUD housing and the surrounding neighborhood.

Radon Testing and Mitigation Demonstration for Public Housing – CLOSING 3/28/2022
Funds for public housing agencies (PHAs) to conduct testing and as-needed mitigation of radon in the units that they manage and to support the development of a plan for future testing and mitigation.

Authority to Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships – CLOSING 6/30/2022
This Notice announces that HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research has the authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities including Lead and Healthy Homes and other topics.

HUD Announcements

FHA Expands Real-Estate Owned Property Purchase Opportunities for Owner-Occupant Buyers (1/13/2022)
The FHA announced it is increasing its exclusive listing period on certain HUD single-family real-estate owned homes to allow more time for owner occupants, HUD-approved nonprofit organizations, and governmental entities to submit bids for the purchase of these homes.

FACT SHEET: HUD Year 1 (1/20/2022)
Over the last year, HUD has taken bold action in pursuit of the agency's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes. These actions aligned with key Biden-Harris Administration priorities.

HUD Appoints Four New Members to the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee (1/24/2022)
HUD announced the appointment of four new members to the Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee. These new members complement the Committee's existing eight members, bringing membership back to the full twelve members authorized by statute.

HUD Publishes Notice to Extend Length of Housing Support to Foster Youth (1/25/2022)
HUD published a notice providing guidance to increase the amount of time that youth may receive a FUP or FYI voucher up to an additional 24 months of voucher assistance, for a maximum of 60 months of voucher assistance.

HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in December 2021 (1/26/2022)
HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced new residential sales statistics for December 2021.

HUD Secretary Fudge, D.C. Mayor Bowser Participate in D.C. Point-in-Time Count (1/27/2022)
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser participated in the 2022 Point-in-Time Count on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The PIT Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January.

HUD Opens Access to More than $2 Billion in Federal Funds for Disaster Recovery and Mitigation (1/31/2022)
HUD issued the Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and Implementation of the CDBG-DR Consolidated Waivers and Alternative Requirements Notice which opens access to federal disaster and resilience funds.

Upcoming Training and Events

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series: Equity as a Foundation
February 1, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This session looks to understand and examine the root causes inequities to implement more equitable solutions in the delivery of RRH services.

Resources for Veterans Experiencing or At-risk of Homelessness in Oregon
February 3, 2022 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST - The VA, HUD, Oregon Housing and Community Services, City of Salem Housing Authority, and Transition Projects will discuss programs and best practices in accessing homelessness resources for Veterans in Oregon.

COVID-19 Planning and Response for Homeless Assistance Providers Office Hours
February 4, 2022 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST - SNAPS Office Hours are for homeless assistance providers and their partners to discuss COVID-19 planning and response.

NFHTA Fundamentals of Fair Housing - FHAP Investigation
February 7-10, 2022 - The Fundamentals of Fair Housing - FHAP Investigation course is designed to ensure that FHAP intake officers and investigators have a basic framework.

2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series - Office Hours: HCD
February 8, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This office hour gives HCDs the opportunity to ask unanswered questions about and get clarity on the new Section 3 Final Rule.

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series: Assertive Engagement in Practice
February 8, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This session discusses creative solutions to engage people with the greatest service needs while also serving the most people possible.

Public Housing Repositioning: Wednesday Webinar Series - Homeownership Programs
February 9, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST - Wednesday Webinars discuss common issues in repositioning and address questions from a wide array of topics.

HUD Community Workshops for CoCs – Spring 2022
February 14 - June 30, 2022 - HMIS Leads and System Administrators are invited to participate in HUD Community Workshops to receive TA.

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series: Landlord Engagement and Unit Acquisition
February 15, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This session discusses lessons learned in the past 10+ years of RRH implementation about how to effectively partner with landlords.

Updating Your PHA's Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy Webinar Series – Webinar 1
February 16, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST - This webinar will introduce PHAs to five chapters from the updated Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook.

NFHTA Forum | Housing Segregation Is Not an Accident: A Black History Month Event
February 16, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST - This National Fair Housing Forum will focus on how fair housing professionals can establish and implement an equity agenda for all people.

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series: Rapid Resolution/Rapid Exit
February 22, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This session focuses on strategies to embed light-touch, housing-focused services within an assertive engagement RRH model.

NFHTA Basics of Fair Housing
February 28 - March 3, 2022 - This course ensures that FHIP and FHAP participants have a foundational framework.

Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series: Innovation in RRH
March 1, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EST - This session explores questions of innovation in RRH.

2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series - Office Hours: HCD & PHA
March 3, 2022 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST - This office hour gives HCDs and PHAs the opportunity to ask unanswered questions about and get clarity on the new Section 3 Final Rule.

NFHTA Fundamentals of Fair Housing - Intake
March 21-24, 2022 - This course will provide an overview of the responsibilities and customer service orientation to conducting intake.

Updating Your PHA's Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy Webinar Series – Webinar 2
March 23, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT - This webinar will introduce PHAs to chapters from the updated Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook.

2021 Section 3 Final Rule Training Series - Office Hours: PHA
April 12, 2022 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This office hour gives PHAs the opportunity to ask unanswered questions about and get clarity on the new Section 3 Final Rule.

In Case You Missed It

USICH Releases Voting Guides for Homeless Providers and People Experiencing Homelessness
To help more Americans exercise their right to vote, USICH created step-by-step voting guides for homeless providers and for people experiencing homelessness available in five languages.

Section 3 Office Hours Sessions Recordings Now Available on HUD Exchange
Recordings and transcripts from the Section 3 Office Hours sessions from November 30, 2021, and December 2, 2021, are now available on HUD Exchange. These sessions provided participants an opportunity to ask questions and get assistance with implementing Section 3.

Cityscape: The Hispanic Housing Experience in the United States, Part II
This issue of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research fills a major research gap in the study of access to housing among Hispanics by examining segregation, assisted housing, homeownership, and the transition of wealth and real property between generations.

The Omicron Variant of COVID-19: What Homeless Service Providers Need to Know
USICH published new guidance to help communities minimize the spread and impact of the rapidly spreading variant of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, who face an increased risk of infection and severe disease compared to the general population.

Increasing Housing Resilience in Rural Areas
During its 2021 National Rural Housing Conference, the National Housing Assistance Council presented a webinar titled "Building Climate Resilient Rural Housing: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities."
During this event, panelists discussed rural housing challenges.

Federal Health and Social Service Programs That Support People Experiencing Homelessness
Need help identifying and accessing federal non-emergency health and social service funding to meet the short- and long-term needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness? This new tool from USICH lists the relevant programs in VA and HHS agencies.

New HUD Section 3 Guidebook Posted
HUD released the Section 3 Guidebook with updated material and information. The guidebook informs users on how to implement the requirements of the new Section 3 final rule, as well as specific application as it relates to different services and within different HUD program offices.

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Deputy Regional Administrator: Michael Look
Regional Public Affairs Officer: Vanessa Krueger
Email: Vanessa.J.Krueger@hud.gov
Customer Service: WA_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone:(206) 220-5101
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State Field Offices

Anchorage Field Office Director: Chad Stovall
Customer Service: AK_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone: (907) 677-9800
Web: www.hud.gov/alaska


Idaho State Director: Brian Dale
Customer Service: ID_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone: (208) 334-1990
Web: www.hud.gov/idaho

Portland Field Office Director: Tony Ramirez
Customer Service: OR_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone: 971-222-2600
Web: www.hud.gov/oregon

Additional Resources

For Public Housing: 1-800-955-2232
For Housing Counseling: 1-800-569-4287
For Housing Discrimination: 1-800-669-9777 (or 1-800-927-9275 for TTY)
For Multifamily Complaints: 1-800-MULTI-70 (1-800-685-8470)
For Office of Inspector General: 1-800-347-3735

At www.hud.gov, you can find information on most of our programs, including information and
resources related to COVID-19 at www.hud.gov/coronavirus.

If your mortgage is insured by FHA: 1-800-Call-FHA (1-800-225-5342) or email: Answers@hud.gov

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