A Message from Regional Administrator Margaret Solle Salazar
Dear HUD Partners,
Last month we were busy getting over $500 million in funding out the door to our partners across the region so that you can continue to do the good work of building housing, keeping folks in homes, and creating resilient and colorful communities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We also welcomed Tacoma, WA; Boise, ID; Vancouver, WA, and Spokane, WA to our House America initiative, including an in-person event in Boise with Mayor McLean and HHS Regional Director Ingrid Ulrey where we announced House America and our joint work to holistically deliver solutions across silos in local communities. We are grateful for their leadership, foresight, and dedication and look forward to working with each of the communities as they get people into homes and get more affordable homes in the pipeline.
June is a big month with much to celebrate – it is LGBTQI+ Pride Month, National Immigrant Heritage Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, National Homeownership Month, and National Healthy Homes Month. A special note on Pride Month and its link to our work on housing security - throughout the year, HUD has resources on housing discrimination for people who identify as LGBTQ and information on LGBTQ homelessness. At HUD, we will persist in our focus to address housing discrimination among the LGBTQ community and ensure that every person and community is treated with dignity and respect. Listen to Secretary Fudge's Pride Month message here.
If I could summarize June's diverse proclamations down to two points, they would be, 1) We celebrate the diversity of this country including people's backgrounds, cultures, and ways of being, and 2) We believe people should have a safe and healthy home and the opportunity to become a homeowner if they so choose.
To that end, last month President Biden announced a Housing Supply Action Plan to increase housing and help make homes more affordable across the country. Housing supply is something I am particularly passionate about, and you'll hear more about HUD's work around a new initiative called Our Way Home next month, including trips to Boise, Spokane, and Anchorage that I am making throughout the month of June. We want to highlight all the great work going on in the Northwest to increase housing supply, so let us know when you have groundbreaking or grand opening events scheduled or new projects underway that we can visit and highlight with you. You can reach out to Alaska Field Office Director Chad Stovall, Idaho Field Office Director Brian Dale, Oregon Field Office Director Bryan Guiney, and Washington Field Office Director Gary Gant if you have events you'd like us to attend in your community.
Lastly, I'd like to let you know about HUD's 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase happening today and this weekend June 10-12, 2022 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Northwest is no stranger to innovative housing – be it building types or construction techniques, or worker empowerment for these housing types – and I encourage you to join the virtual events. This year's Showcase will highlight innovative designs and technologies that have the potential to increase housing supply and lower the cost of construction and ownership.
As always, thank you for your dedication to this work. It has been wonderful this past month to get out and travel and meet many of you in person, and to work with other agency partners. You'll continue to see our HUD team out in force.
HUD Region X News
MOUNT VERNON, WA: Plans Made to Spend Federal Funding on Housing and Homeless Programs
Skagit County and members of the HOME Consortium presented a plan to spend about $1 million in HUD funding on housing and homeless programs. The plan would help fund a new 42-unit affordable housing project in Burlington and about $347,000 in rental assistance.
EUGENE, OR: Ko-Kwel Wellness Center-Eugene, a health clinic for Indigenous people, opens in Lane County
The Coquille Tribe's new health clinic is officially open. The tribal-run clinic is the only culturally specific medical clinic available to an estimated 6,000 Native American and Alaskan Natives in Lane County. The building was purchased with $900,000 in HUD ICDBG funds.
PORTLAND, OR: Portland Housing Project Spotlights Native American Artists
Native American artists have a new home to live in and make art in Northeast Portland. Cully neighborhood leaders cut the ribbon on a $20 million affordable housing project built to serve the Native American community using $1M from the Siletz Tribe's HUD IHBG funds.
MEDFORD, OR: Vocational Program Prepares to Expand
Medford City Council approved funds for 71Five VoTech to acquire land for another building to expand its vocational program to help young people learn a trade and successfully find work in a trade and in building relationships. HUD CDBG funds will assist with the land purchase.
VANCOUVER, WA: Vancouver Housing Project Brings More Medical Treatment to Homeless Community
A new housing complex outside Vancouver aims to help unsheltered individuals whose physical conditions also make them frequent visitors to emergency rooms. Tenny Creek Assisted Living, a 40-unit apartment building, will offer medical treatment and nursing on the premises.
GRANGEVILLE, ID: $500k Grant Award for Grangeville Water Project
The City of Grangeville was awarded a $500,000 Idaho Community Development Block Grant to provide for a new municipal water tank and well. This was one of 18 grants awarded to communities this month to benefit improvement of public infrastructure.
TACOMA, WA: City of Tacoma Joins HUD Initiative to Help Combat Homelessness
The City of Tacoma joined HUD's House America initiative to help address homelessness. The City aims to have 96 units of affordable housing in the pipeline by the end of the year. HUD's homeless assessment report found that there were 405 sheltered homeless people in Tacoma.
BOISE, ID: Boise, National Housing Program Partner Up, Commit to Affordable Housing
Regional leaders and Boise Mayor Lauren McLean announced a new housing partnership and stressed the importance of housing when it comes to health and well-being. Boise joined House America, a program which uses American Rescue Plan Act funds for its Housing First approach.
Region X Funding Awards
On One-Year Anniversary of Innovative "Faircloth-to-RAD" Initiative, HUD on Track to Create Nearly 1,850 New Affordable Housing Units (5/3/2022)
Over 17% of Washington's public housing portfolio has been converted to Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) since 2012 unlocking the creation of deeply affordable housing for some of the nation's most vulnerable populations.
HUD Announces Over $151,000 in Housing Assistance for Foster Youth in Oregon and Washington During National Foster Care Month (5/12/2022)
HUD announced over $1.4 million in housing assistance through the Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
HUD Announces Over $460 Million in Grants for Housing and Community Development Activities in Region X (5/17/2022)
HUD announced $10.3 billion in FY22 formula grants to communities across the US for housing and community development activities ranging from affordable housing development to public housing modernization to economic opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes.
HUD Announces $28.1 Million to Tribal Communities in Region X for Affordable Housing and Community Development (5/26/2022)
HUD announced 83 awards totaling $147 million for affordable housing and community development projects that primarily benefit people with low and moderate incomes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing – CLOSING 6/6/2022
Through funding of national intermediaries, Section 4 enhances the capacity and ability of CDCs and CHDOs to carry out affordable housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons.
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program – CLOSING 6/28/2022
Through this NOFO, HUD will award approximately $72 million in up to 25 participating communities, with a priority for communities with substantial rural populations in up to eight locations.
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.
HUDRD - Qualitative Data Collection for Cohort 2 MTW Expansion- Rent Reform Experiment – CLOSING 7/7/2022
This NOFO supports qualitative research focused on the Moving to Work Stepped and Tiered Rent Demonstration. In the STRD, ten PHAs will implement alternative rents that might be easier to administer and might incentivize assisted households to increase their earnings.
HUDRD CDBG Disaster Recovery Outcomes of Renter Households – CLOSING 7/11/2022
HUD is awarding $1,400,000 for two research studies that examine the disaster recovery outcomes of renter households and to investigate changes in rental housing dynamics in areas impacted by disasters.
Capital Fund At Risk/Receivership/ Substandard/ Troubled Program – CLOSING 7/11/2022
Public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities that are troubled, substandard, in receivership or high-risk can apply for up to $3.5 million for asset improvement.
HUDRD-Exploring the Feasibility of Linking Eviction Records to Administrative Databases for HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program – CLOSING 7/14/2022
This solicitation seeks to explore the incidence of court-ordered evictions among households in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program for a U.S. geographic area(s) of choice for which eviction court records are readily available.
ROSS (Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency) Service Coordinator Program - FY2022 – NOFO – CLOSING 7/18/2022
HUD provides ROSS-SC grant funding to eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to local training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum.
HUDRD - Wildfire Recovery and Resilience – CLOSING 7/19/2022
This NOFO announces the availability of up to $600,000 to study the effectiveness of disaster recovery funding after wildfire. The goal of the research is to increase the capacity of communities affected by wildfire to use disaster assistance to enhance resilience to wildfire.
Impact Evaluation of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program – CLOSING 7/21/2022
The objective of this NOFO is to fund rigorous evaluations of the impact of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program on housing stability outcomes. HUD's primary outcome of interest is eviction, but applicants can propose other housing stability measures.
FY22 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants NOFO – CLOSING 7/28/2022
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants support the development of comprehensive plans to revitalize severely distressed public housing and/or HUD-assisted housing and the surrounding neighborhood. Communities will develop a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy.
FY22 Jobs Plus Initiative – CLOSING 7/29/2022
The Jobs Plus program develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for public housing residents.
Federal Housing Administration Takes Additional Steps to Expand Affordable Housing Supply Through FHA's Claims Without Conveyance of Title (5/5/2022)
The FHA announced that it published Mortgagee Letter (ML) 2022-08, that adds an initial 30-day exclusive sales period for Claims Without Conveyance of Title post-foreclosure sales for owner-occupants, HUD-approved nonprofits, and governmental entities.
Statement from Secretaries Fudge, McDonough, Vilsack and Yellen on Continued Efforts to Connect Homeowners to Pandemic Relief (5/6/2022)
HUD, the VA, Dept. of Agriculture, and Treasury are calling on servicers of federally backed mortgages to make efforts to ensure no individual or family unduly experiences unnecessary hardship or foreclosure while assistance is available under the Homeowner Assistance Fund.
HUD Takes Action to Expand Broadband to Low-Income Households, as Part of Administration's Whole-of-Government Outreach Effort on Affordable Connectivity Program (5/9/2022)
HUD informed more than 4 million HUD-assisted families that receiving benefits from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) does not count as income for determining family rent or impact their eligibility for HUD assistance.
Secretary Fudge Highlights Biden-Harris Administration Actions to Increase Affordable Housing Supply and Lower Housing Costs (5/16/2022)
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced actions in the Biden-Harris Administration Action Plan to Ease the Burden of Housing Costs, The Plan is a set of legislative and administrative steps aim to close the housing supply gap within the next five years.
HUD Expands Asset-Building Support for HUD-Assisted Families (5/16/2022)
HUD announced it will publish a rule to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency Program including permanently expanding the definition of an eligible family to include tenants of privately owned multifamily properties subsidized with Project-Based Rental Assistance.
Federal Housing Administration Announces New "Green Mortgage Insurance Premium" Reductions for Residential Care Facilities Meeting Industry-Recognized Green Building Certifications (5/18/2022)
The FHA announced that it intends to reduce mortgage insurance premiums under the Section 232 program for residential care facilities that meet industry-recognized green building certifications and achieve meaningful, measurable energy and water efficiency improvements.
HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in April 2022 (5/24/2022)
HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced new residential sales statistics for April 2022.
HUD Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of National Homeownership Month (5/31/2022)
HUD and the FHA mark June as National Homeownership Month following President Biden's proclamation. Homeownership Month is an opportunity to amplify the benefits of homeownership and the recognize the work that remains to achieve fairness and equity.
Upcoming Training and Events
NFHTA Fundamentals of Fair Housing - Intake
June 6-9, 2022 - This course will provide an overview of the responsibilities and customer service orientation to conducting intake.
ONAP Program Income Training
June 7-8, 2022 | 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM PDT - Participants at this 2-day training will gain a better understanding of program income under NAHSADA. The training will provide an overview of program income.
Reset, Renew, Recharge: A HOPWA Program Strategy Webinar
June 8, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT - Reset, Renew, Recharge is an overarching strategy to enhance HOPWA program design and promote core values to positively impact the lives and housing stability of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Web Conference Call: Best Practices - Investing in Rural Prosperity
June 8, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This Peer-to-Peer conference call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about investing in rural and underserved communities.
HCV Utilization Best Practices Webinar Series: Payment Standards
June 10, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT - This webinar aids PHAs in understanding and using payment standards, exception payment standards, FMRs, and SAFMRs.
DRGR Public Action Plan Training for Grantees
June 14, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT -The webinar will provide a detailed review of the DRGR Public Action Plan module for CDBG-DR grantees.
2022 Fair Housing Office Hours: Session 7 – General Questions
June 14, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT - This virtual office hours session will review topics in AFFH and provide grantees an opportunity to ask questions on fair housing planning.
Tribal HUD VASH Essentials Training
June 14, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT -Participants at this training will receive step-by-step instruction on how to successfully administer and manage a Tribal HUD-VASH program. The trainer will give an overview of the program, how it works, who is eligible, and key regulations.
Lead Safe Housing Rule Webinar Series: Subparts J and K - June/July 2022
June 15 - July 7, 2022 -This webinar series reviews federal lead regulations with a focus on the LSHR activities, Subparts J and K.
NFHTA Forum | Meaningful Collaboration to Advance Housing Equity: A June Homeownership Event
June 15, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT - NFHTA & HUD's OHC commemorate 20 years of celebrating National Homeownership Month. Learn how community organizations and you can connect the dots to ensure the American Dream for our neighbors.
Centering Racial Equity in the Work to End Homelessness: Aligning Vision with Practice
June 16, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EDT - The National Alliance to End Homelessness is sponsoring a webinar to offer some practical road maps for making profound and sustainable change at the systems level.
2022 ConnectHomeUSA - Preparing for New Broadband Funding: A Collaborative Partnership Model
June 21, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT - This webinar will review strategies for creating collaborative partnerships to advance digital equity.
Housing Counseling: Nuts and Bolts of Manufactured Housing: Access, Affordability, and Opportunity
June 21, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This seminar will discuss manufactured housing, common myths, and how best to serve clients seeking affordable housing through various financing options.
ONAP Basic Financial Management & Audit Preparation Training
June 21-23, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT - This training will provide an orientation to basic standards of accounting and GAAP, financial statements, and accounting transactions in a typical small Tribe/TDHE, and implementation of a strong financial management system.
Public Housing Repositioning: Wednesday Webinar Series - Disaster Strikes! What to Do?
June 22, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - Wednesday Webinars discuss common issues in repositioning and address questions from a wide array of topics, giving participants the chance to hear from key HUD staff.
NeighborWorks Training: Foreclosure Tune-up
June 23, 2022 - The primary focus of this training is to brush up on key foreclosure prevention concepts and apply the latest foreclosure protocols and processes.
NFHTA Fundamentals of Fair Housing - FHAP Investigation - June 2022
June 27-30, 2022 - This course is designed to ensure that FHAP intake officers and investigators have a basic framework, which they can build upon to carry out their duties in a timely, efficient, professional, and proficient manner.
2022 Fair Housing Office Hours: Session 8 – Goal Setting and Reporting
June 28, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT - This virtual office hours session will review topics in AFFH provide grantees with an opportunity to ask questions on fair housing planning.
Washington State First Time Homebuyer Information Session
June 29, 2022 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM PDT – HUD, American Financial Solutions, and Parkview Services are holding a homebuyer resource event for first time buyers to learn about preparing for homeownership, qualifying for a mortgage, purchase assistance, and loan types.
PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: Extreme Temperatures
July 12, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of how PHAs can prepare for the potential impact of extreme heat or winter storms, and recommended resources for post-disaster response and recovery.
PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: Wildfires
July 26, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of how PHAs can prepare for the potential impact of wildfires and recommended resources for post-disaster response and recovery.
PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: Tornadoes
August 9, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of how PHAs can prepare for the potential impact of tornadoes and recommended resources for post-disaster response and recovery.
PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: Flooding
August 23, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of how PHAs can prepare for the potential impact of flooding and recommended resources for post-disaster response and recovery.
PHA Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery Webinar Series: Building Fires
September 6, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT - This webinar will provide an overview of how PHAs can prepare for the potential impact of building fires and recommended resources for post-disaster response and recovery.
In Case You Missed It
Seattle Regional Office
Regional Administrator: Margaret Solle Salazar
Deputy Regional Administrator: Michael Look
Regional Public Affairs Officer: Vanessa Krueger
Customer Service: WA_Webmanager@hud.gov
State Field Offices
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
If your mortgage is insured by FHA: 1-800-Call-FHA (1-800-225-5342) or email: Answers@hud.gov
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