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May 2022

Serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

A Message from Regional Administrator Margaret Solle Salazar

Dear HUD Partners,

April 2022 was an important month for HUD nationally, and for HUD Region X. HUD rolled out three critical documents that will underpin our efforts.

  • First, HUD issued a new Strategic Plan. This is a bold plan that lays out a roadmap for where our agency will go in the months and years ahead. Please stay tuned for ways to learn more about this effort and how we will work on these shared goals.
  • Second, we were proud to release the President's FY23 HUD Proposed Budget, which proposes investments in homeownership, community development, and notably a $35 billion Housing Supply Fund.
  • Finally, as we commemorated Fair Housing Month, HUD took big steps toward realizing our commitment to racial equity. This includes the rollout of the PAVE Action Plan; a new approach to opening doors for ex-offenders, and the release of the first ever HUD Equity Action Plan. Our theme for Fair Housing Month was moving from commitment to action, and I'm proud that we are moving closer to "walking the walk" on racial equity with these new initiatives.

As we begin May, we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week and all the work that YOU do to serve the people in our communities across the Northwestern United States. I am grateful to have excellent partners at the federal, state, and local level who are passionate about the work and care so deeply to make a difference. HUD could not do its work without you and I thank you sincerely for your public service – our communities are better because you care.

Last week, we were fortunate to host HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge in Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon for her first visit to our region. Her trip was focused on affordable housing supply and we had a packed agen­da to showcase solutions to increase housing supply. Our region certainly has its share of challenges, but we take pride that our public agencies and development partners – and the voters – have stepped up in new ways and there is a lot to show for it in terms of new housing supply in the pipeline. Providers are blending federal, state, and local resources and are opening doors across the region, with thousands of new homes created and preserved.

Our first stop was Walsh Commons - a 28-unit affordable housing complex in downtown Milwaukie that includes a small family shelter. It was built using HOME and CDBG funds and was one of the first projects that Clackamas Housing Authority used Project Based Vouchers. Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) helped set up a meeting with residents and service providers and the Secretary heard firsthand about their experiences. NHA Services Coordinator Beezie Burton said during the discussion, "Being here gives me an opportunity to work with people who are fortunate and less fortunate." And she was right – folks who have the opportunity to live in the beautifully-designed Walsh Commons are fortunate – it's an amazing campus and it's in a great location close to everything in downtown Milwaukie.

Our second stop was a roundtable event with housing practitioners at Westmoreland Union Manor. This 300-unit senior affordable property was refinanced in 2017 by our HUD Multifamily team that included seismic and energy upgrades and the addition of project based rental assistance. The Secretary heard from a braintrust of smart and innovative housing leaders from the Portland Metro to continue the discussion about affordable housing supply and homeownership opportunities in the area.

Our last stop was a visit to Oak Leaf Manufactured Home Park in the Cully neighborhood, sponsored by St. Vincent De Paul of Lane County and Living Cully. This small manufactured housing park was preserved and rehabilitated using $3.2M of CDBG funds from the City of Portland. It's an incredible story because the community stepped up and organized to save and improve their homes and the Secretary heard from local leaders about their grassroots campaign. I was proud to host Secretary Fudge for a brief tour of the Cully neighborhood in Northeast Portland, where community-based providers are transforming the area with new affordable homes and revitalization efforts for and by Portland's BIPOC residents.

With last week's visit, the Secretary has now visited all ten regions. We look forward to hosting her again in our Region and highlighting the amazing work that our partners – YOU – are doing. Your HUD Region X team also looks forward to getting out into the region and visiting with you, so please keep us posted on ways we can engage in, learn from, and support your work. Thank you again and happy Public Service Recognition Week!

HUD Region X News

BEND, OR: City of Bend Leverages $330,000 in Federal Funding to Support 8 Nonprofits
The City of Bend will use $200,000 HUD CDBG program funds to fund five projects including to J Bar J Youth Services, Kôr Community Land Trust, Shepherd's House, Thrive Central Oregon, and Volunteers in Medicine.

MOUNT VERNON, WA: Mount Vernon Commits Federal Funding to Community Nonprofits
The Mount Vernon City Council committed to spending about $380,000 in CDBG program funds. The funds will go to Friendship House, Community Action of Skagit County, and Volunteers of America.

REDMOND, OR: NeighborImpact Highlights Impact of Community Development Block Grant Program
NeighborImpact celebrated National Community Development Week by highlighting the impact of the program in Central Oregon. In the last year, NeighborImpact's CDBG program has supported five projects in the cities of Madras and Prineville; and Crook and Jefferson counties.

VANCOUVER, WA: Clark County Receives Housing Grants
The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded two grants to Clark County - Battle Ground received $1,335,605 for its Weaver Creek Commons project of 80 affordable units; and Vancouver received $345,900 for its Fourth Plain Commons project with 106 affordable units.

OLYMPIA, WA: $2.8 Million Secured for Roads in Nisqually Indian Tribe's New Housing Project
The Nisqually Indian Tribe will receive $2.8 million in Community Project Funding via HUD's Community Development Fund to complete the necessary road infrastructure in its plan to construct 100 single-family and multi-family homes for Nisqually Tribal members.

GLADSTONE, OR: Public Housing in Gladstone to be Named Tukwila Springs
Metro Affordable Housing Bond funds and HUD HOME funds are being used to rehabilitate a 18000 Webster Road facility into 48 residential studios available for low-income and homeless seniors above age 50 with 100% of the units to be project-based vouchers.

HAPPY VALLEY, OR: Good Shepherd Village Groundbreaking
Catholic Charities and Caritas Community Housing Corporation broke ground on Good Shepherd Village - the first regulated affordable housing in Happy Valley, with 143 new apartments, including 35 project-based vouchers.

HILLSBORO, OR: Nueva Esperanza Groundbreaking
Bienestar and Housing Development Center broke ground on Nueva Esperanza, a project that was created within a framework of racial equity, that will bring 150 new homes to the Hillsboro area using 8 project-based vouchers.

Region X Funding Awards

HUD Awards Over $20,000 for Housing Assistance for Foster Youth in Oregon (4/27/2022)
HUD awarded $20,071 in Oregon to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $20,071 awarded Homes for Good in Lane County will provide support housing for youth involved in the foster care system.

HUD Awards Over $42,000 for Housing Assistance for Foster Youth in Washington (4/27/2022)
HUD awarded $42,829 in Washington to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $42,829 awarded to the Housing Authority of Bremerton will provide support housing for youth involved in the foster care system.

Funding Opportunities

Fair Housing Initiatives Program - Private Enforcement Initiative American Rescue Plan (Round Three) – CLOSING 5/5/2022
Funds are available to support a wide range of fair housing activities (fair housing inquiries, complaints, and investigations) and the costs of delivering or adapting services during or relating to the coronavirus pandemic over the period of performance.

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.

HUD Announcements

HUD Commemorates National Fair Housing Month 2022 (4/1/2022)
HUD kicked off Fair Housing Month 2022 with the theme, Fair Housing: More Than Just Words, underscores the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment and progress toward advancing equity in housing and securing equal access to housing opportunities for all.

HUD Makes Additional $3.3 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds Available to Fight Housing Discrimination Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic (4/5/2022)
HUD announced that it is making an additional $3,285,353 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding available to help HUD's Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) agencies combat housing discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary Fudge Delivers Remarks at Fair Housing Month Virtual Ceremony (4/6/2022)
Secretary Marcia L. Fudge delivered virtual remarks at HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity annual Fair Housing Month Ceremony. View the recording of the Fair Housing Month Ceremony here.

HUD Announces Key Staff Appointments (4/11/2022)
HUD announced key additions to the HUD staff. These talented and diverse individuals join HUD ready to deliver results for the American people by tackling our nation's housing challenges to build a stronger, more equitable America.

FACT SHEET: National Community Development Week (4/11/2022)
The week of April 11 through April 15 is National Community Development Week, a time to highlight the |importance of HUD's CDBG and HOME Investment Partnerships programs to building strong, resilient, and vibrant communities across America.

FACT SHEET: On the 54th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, HUD Underscores its Commitment and Progress Toward Advancing Fairness and Equity in Housing (4/11/2022)
April 11, 2022, marks the 54th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities.

HUD Announces First-Ever HUD-Held Single Family Note Sale (HVLS 2022-2) Exclusively for Mission-Driven Non-Profits and Units of State and Local Government (4/12/2022)
HUD announced that it will conduct a competitive bid HUD-held vacant note sale (HVLS 2022-2) on June 8, 2022. The sale will include approximately 1,450 reverse mortgage notes secured by properties where the borrower is deceased and not survived by a non-borrowing spouse.

HUD Releases First Ever Equity Action Plan (4/14/2022)
HUD released its first ever Equity Action Plan in coordination with the Biden-Harris Administration's whole-of-government equity agenda.

Federal Housing Administration Adds 40-Year Mortgage Modification with Partial Claim to Home Retention Options for Struggling Borrowers (4/18/2022)
The FHA announced that it is adding a new, 40-year mortgage modification option for mortgage servicers to use in conjunction with its partial claim option to assist additional borrowers who are behind on their mortgage payments for FHA Title II forward mortgages.

HUD Approves Agreement with Bank of America Resolving Claims of Familial Status and Sex Discrimination (4/19/2022)
HUD announced that it has signed a Conciliation Agreement with Bank of America, N.A., and one of its loan officers to resolve allegations of familial status and sex discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. Read the agreement.

HUD Issues New Civil Rights Guidance on Marketing and Application Requirements for Subsidized Multifamily Properties (4/21/2022)
HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity released new guidance to reinforce requirements that HUD-subsidized multifamily housing's marketing and application processes be designed to be inclusive of persons of all races and national origins.

Fact Sheet - HUD Honors Earth Day with Announcement and Event, Reiterates Commitment to Tackling Climate Crisis (4/22/2022)
HUD has taken significant action on a robust, cohesive, and agency-wide strategy to reduce the agency's energy and carbon footprint and put all our nation's communities on the path to building more equitable, efficient, and sustainable housing infrastructure.

HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in March 2022 (4/26/2022)
HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced new residential sales statistics for March 2022.

Readout of Philanthropic Roundtable on Innovative Strategies to Address Appraisal Bias (4/27/2022)
HUD convened a virtual Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity (PAVE) Philanthropic Roundtable on Innovative Strategies to Address Appraisal Bias.

Upcoming Training and Events

UnidosUS Training: Housing Counseling Competency: Fair Housing
May 2-6, 2022 - This training is intended for the experienced housing counselor who may need a bit more intensive review of fair housing.

Emergency Housing Voucher Office Hours
May 3, 2022 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT - This webinar will introduce EHV partners to strategies and considerations for utilizing EHV to serve households who are recently homeless.

NFHTA Litigating Fair Housing Cases
May 3-12, 2022 - This course is designed for those who are involved in FHIP and FHAP litigation to understand and apply the methods and strategies for fair housing enforcement.

HUD and CDC Youth HIV/AIDS Webinar
May 4, 2022 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT - Webinar about available HIV resources for youth experiencing housing instability or homelessness.

CDBG-DR Consolidated Notice: URA, 104(d), and CDBG Related Requirements Webinar
May 5, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT - This webinar will focus on changes to URA, section 104(d), and CDBG anti-displacement requirements in the new CDBG-DR Consolidated Notice.

2022 OHC, CPD, and FPM Virtual Conference: Serving Communities Through Housing Counseling
May 10-11, 2022 - This conference will allow housing counselors and CPD grantees to collaborate to best serve clients.

2022 Fair Housing Office Hours: Session 5 – General Questions
May 10, 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.

NCRC Training: Racial Equity Basics: An Actionable Plan Forward
May 16, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT - This training covers key concepts regarding race and racism in the United States.

Resilient Building Codes Webinar Series: A Practitioner's Guide
May 19, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT - This webinar will take a deeper dive into current code requirements and best practices for climate-related hazards.

NFHTA Basics of Fair Housing
May 23-26, 2022 - The Basics of Fair Housing course ensures that FHIP and FHAP participants have a foundational framework which they can build upon to carry out their duties.

2022 Fair Housing Office Hours: Session 6 – Data Collection and Analysis
May 24, 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.

Housing Counseling Webinar: HECM Updates and CBRIT Tool Demonstration
May 24, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT - This webinar will review the latest in the HECM housing counseling program and demonstrate CBRIT.

Responding to Homelessness: Effective Strategies for Law Enforcement and Community Partners
May 24, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EDT - The DOJ and the CSG Justice Center are sponsoring the virtual Justice Briefing on Responding to Homelessness.

Resilient Building Codes Webinar Series: Action at the Community Level
May 26, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT - This webinar will connect the "what" to the "how" and what role participants can play at the local level to address resilience in buildings.

RCAC Training: Core Competencies for HUD Certification Webinar Series
May 31 - June 16, 2022 - This training prepares participants for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam by covering all six core topics that housing counselors need to be competent.

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.

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.

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.

In Case You Missed It

HUD PD&R Profile: Supportive Housing Sustains Native American Culture and Addresses Homelessness in Seattle, Washington

HUD PD&R Article on Promoting Supportive Housing at the State Level

HUD PD&R Article on Federal Funding, Local Impact: Shared Equity as a Housing Solution

ConnectHomeUSA's Recorded Webinar on Mini Guide to the Affordable Connectivity Program for HUD-Assisted Communities

Rooting Out Bias in Home Appraisals: The PAVE Task Force Action Plan to the President – Recorded Rollout Video

NLIHC's Annual Report The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes


Seattle Regional Office

Regional Administrator: Margaret Solle Salazar
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) 262-8608
Web: www.hud.gov/washington

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: Bryan Guiney (Acting)
Customer Service: OR_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone: (971) 222-2600
Web: www.hud.gov/oregon

Seattle Field Office Director: Gary Gant
Customer Service: WA_Webmanager@hud.gov
Phone: (971) 220-5101
Web: www.hud.gov/washington

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. For updates from CDC, visit www.coronavirus.gov.