Northwest HUD Lines
August 2013

HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington
Mary McBride, Region X Regional Director (206) 220-5356
Leland Jones, Editor

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Federal Registerpublishes HUD Final Rule "to address many of the operational challenges facing participating jurisdictions, particularly challenges related to recent housing market conditions and the alignment of federal housing programs." The rule is effective August 23rd, 2013. For more, go here (


On July 3rd, the Oregon House of Representatives passed, 38 to 20, HB 2639, sponsored by its Speaker, Representative Tina Kotek of Oregon's 44th District. Five days later, it passed the Senate 16 to 13 on the last day of the 2013 legislative session. It is an important piece of legislation. Before its passage, Oregon law prohibited people from refusing to "to sell, lease or rent any real property to a purchaser" the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status of any person. HB 2639 expanded the protections to include "or source of income." It does not bar refusal based on a person's prior record, ability to pay or require accepting income from illegal activity. The legislation, Portland Commissioner Nick Fish told The Oregonian, "will ensure that thousands of low-income families in Oregon will have a fairer opportunity to live in the neighborhood of their choosing, This is a very proud day for Oregon."


In the July 19th Federal Register, HUD published proposed rule that provides its partners with to provide HUD program participants with more effective means to affirmatively further the purposes and policies of the Fair Housing Act of 1967. While the Act expressly prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability, it also directs its partners to take steps proactively to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities for all. The proposed rule, says HUD Secretary Donovan, will provide "a 21st century approach to fair housing" and includes a more clearly articulated definition of what it means to affirmatively further fair housing, an assessment template that replaces the current, loosely defined Analysis of Impediments, a nationally uniform data and a geospatial tool and clear guidance and technical assistance. The deadline for submitting comments on the proposal is September 17, 2013. For more visit here.


HUD's awarded $2,903,449 to support 31 new homeless housing and service projects of Continuums of Care in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. Alaska was awarded $ $166,038 to support five new projects, Idaho was awarded $57,446 to support three projects, Oregon was awarded $371,275 to support seven projects and Washington state was awarded $2,308,690 to support 16 projects. The awards are in addition to the $89.1 million that HUD allocated earlier this year to renew support for 406 existing homeless projects in the Northwest. The latest funding were largely the result of local strategic decisions that resulted in the reallocation of funds from existing renewal projects that were deemed by a local Continuum of Care no longer critically needed in favor of creating new programs to help the community achieve the goal of ending homelessness.


On July 9th, FHA issued Mortgagee Letter 2013-23 updating the requirements for the Deed-in-Lieu and Pre-Foreclosure options in FHA's Loss Mitigation Program. The changes are effective October 1st.


Governor Kitzhaber accepts invitation to keynote Oregon Opportunities Network Fall Industry Conference on September 23rd. . .Compass Housing Alliance breaks ground for Compass on Dexter, a 74-unit complex with supportive services for low-income families in Seattle's South Lake Union area. . .Neighborhood Housing Services of Pocatello celebrating 20th anniversary by breaking ground on five more homes and, like a cherry atop a sundae, a new pavilion at the city's Centennial Park. . .Oregon Legislature passes legislation extending Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit. . .With $2.2 million USDA self-help housing, Housing Kitsap and families break ground for 20-house Talon Glen in Poulsbo, its latest "self-help development". . .Columbia Non-Profit Housing celebrates grand-opening of 14-unit Cherry Park Apartments, a HUD Section 811 complex for persons with disabilities in Vancouver. . .Idaho Business Review says VA will build 24-bed Community Living Center for elderly vets on its Boise campus to "open late next year or early in 2015". . .Guardian Real Estate Services celebrates renovation and expansion of now-80 unit Sunrise Estates in The Dalles. . .Thanks to cost savings from previously-constructed Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation clinics, the Denali Commission says construction of a new health clinic in Cheyak can start earlier than original planned. . .Obama Administration's June Housing Scorecard says "while Portland's economy was hit harder by the recession than the nation as a whole, it has nonetheless had a somewhat stronger recovery" and its "housing market is also recovering a bit faster than the national data show for the broader housing market". . .St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County celebrates opening of 54-unit Stellar Apartments in Eugene including 4 units powered entirely by solar power and 4 units set-aside for VetLIFT program. . .Noting that" construction of affordable housing has not kept up with demand," Seattle Times urges city council and mayoral candidates in this year's election "should make affordable housing a priority issue in their campaigns". . .Arctic Village, Cheyak, Chignik, False Pass, Shungnak, Nikolai, Kake, Venetie, Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point Villae, Mentasta Traditional Council and Kniktribe in Alaska, the Warm Springs Tribe in Oregon and the Colville, Lummi, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Spokane and Suquamish tribes in Washington win total of $8.5 million in HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants funds to meet housing and community development priorities.


Earth movers as "background music" pleasant to the ears, pleasing to the soul? "Yep," says The Tacoma Weekly in its story about the Tacoma Housing Authority's July ground breaking for the $15.8 million first phase of the "new" Hillside Terrace in the city's Hilltop neighborhood. "We believe both ugly and lovely are contagious," Authority executive director Michael Mirra says, adding that "We've been trying to tear this place down for 15 years." So, down it's coming and in its place will rise a 6,925-square-foot community education center and 74 of the 140 new apartments that will occupy the almost two-acre site. All in all, says The Weekly, it's "Tacoma, done attractively, proactively and responsibly." It's "Tacoma done right." For the full story, see here (


Oregon Housing & Community Services has launched a Home Rescue program in 33 counties to assist an estimated 2,500 at-risk homeowners who've experienced an income drop of at least $10,000 from 2011 or 2012. The program, funded by Treasury's "hardest hit" fund, will either provide up to $20,000 in mortgage payments in 12 monthly installments or "reinstatement" payments of up to $10,000 to bring a mortgage current. The program will be opened to eligible, at-risk homeowners in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties at the end of August. For more, visit here (


Who says public officials don't read their mail? Folks at the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation certainly do. In January the Corporation announced launch of the 2013 Home Energy Rebate program has provided $10,000 rebates to owner-occupied homeowners who've made their houses more energy efficient with almost 21,000 homes made efficient - with average savings of 30 percent - since the Legislature established the rebate in 2008. Following the January announcement, the Corporation received18 appeals arguing that owners who previously had received a rebate for making one home efficient should be eligible it they since have sold that house, bought a new home and made it similarly efficient. "After a careful review," the Corporation has okayed "expansion of" the Rebate "for Alaskans participating a second time."


"For children in poverty," reports Home Forward, the housing authority of Portland, "for children in poverty, chronic absence in kindergarten predicted the lowest levels of educational achievement at the end of 5th grade. even if children's attendance improved after kindergarten." During the 2009-2010 school year, the authority says, "29% of kindergarteners" in Multnomah County "were chronically absent." Not for long, thanks to a Families Forward initiative it launched in early 2012 to step-up its outreach to parents of kindergarteners in its public and assisted housing. That's about 500 kids or 7 percent of the County's kindergarten-age population. The initiative's already paying off. At the start of the 2010-2011 some 69.2 percent of its kindergarteners had registered by September 1st. Thanks to the outreach initiative, by the start of the next school year 79 percent had - with increases in six of the seven Portland Public School clusters, every racial/ethnic group except Native Americans and every language group. And the initiative's not done. About half of the Home Forward's kids live in East County and aren't served by Portland schools. So, the authority' launch a similar outreach effort there while continuing outreach where it's already had such success. To read the full Home Forward report, visit here (


Kurt Wiest, the executive director of the Bremerton Authority, has reason to be happy his authority has invested so much of its time and not a little bit of its money to fire safety in all its properties. On July 24th a mattress fire started in an apartment at a complex owned and operated by the authority. A woman had been smoking in bed and then dozed off. When the alarm began to sound, she continued to sleep. But the suppression system, Wiest tells the regional newsletter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, "worked as it was designed." He's "very satisfied" that it die since, as Bremerton's Fire Marshal noted, otherwise "this would have been a fatality."


Where do they all come from? See a homeless man huddled in a doorway, a homeless trying to get comfortable in the backseat of a beat-up car and, maybe, it's a question you've asked in your community. And it's a question to which Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has some preliminary answers based on its one-night, point-in-time count in Anchorage. "The majority of chronically homeless people in Anchorage," it told KSKA Radio, "are Alaska Native, and most of them are from Northern and Western Alaska." And what does that mean to the Corporation. "In formulating a program or a response," says Kris Duncan, it's "not just about homelessness" but also "the trauma of going from a longstanding rural lifestyle to that of a more urban centered lifestyle." For more, visit


Habitat for Humanity's first geothermal house - three bedrooms, two baths - in North Pole, says Alaska Dispatch, costs 50 percent less to heat over two months - $467 vs. $985 - than similar-sized house. . .Spokane Housing Authority accepting applications until August 16th for new executive director. . .Governor Otter awards $344,000 Idaho CDBG grant to Mountain Home to provide infrastructure for expansion of local industrial park. . .Home Forward breaks ground in northeast Portland on 32-unit complex providing permanent "dry" housing for graduates of residential treatment programs like the one to be housed in a Life\Works NW complex next door for which ground was broken the same day. . .Affordable Community Environment in Vancouver receives $100,000 from Clark County to establish REACH CDC's Community Builder home repair program in Washougal. . .Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit files criminal charges alleging that 28 personal care attendants and one Medicaid recipient for fraudulently billed Medicaid for $360,000 services that were not actually delivered to residents of two Anchorage housing complexes operated by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. . Catholic Social Services and Fairbanks Rescue Mission in Alaska, El-Ada and South Central Action Partnership in Idaho, St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Community Action Team, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Transition Project, Access and Easter Seals in Oregon and the Community Psychiatric Clinic, the Opportunity Council, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, YWCA of Seattle-King County, Catholic Charities of Yakima, the Metropolitan Development Council and Goodwill Industries of the Inland Empire win VA Supportive Services for Veterans Families grants. . .Wells Fargo Housing Foundation provides grants to Hacienda CDC, Portland Housing Center and African American Alliance to support their courses for first-time homeowners. . .Aleutian Housing Authority one of four organizations nationwide to win a $100,000 HUD Sustainable Construction in Indian Country grant. . .Homestead Community Land Trust closes on purchase of 12 buildings of 26 unfinished townhouses in Columbia City section of Seattle that, says Daily Journal of Commerce, it will "finish and sell". . .Privately-owned Central Villa Apartments in Yakima gets okay to join HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration Initiative, insuring the long-term affordability of the units. . .Just a year after the 28-unit complex in north Salem was almost destroyed by fire, reports The Statesman Journal reports, Salem-Keizer celebrates its grand re-opening with a $2 million renovation and a brand new name - Renaissance Plaza. . .6-story, 120-unit Anthem, the first private building planned for Seattle Housing Authority's Yesler Terrace Choice Neighborhoods revitalization area gets design approvalsays Post Intelligencer. 


King County, the City of Seattle, ARCH: A Regional Coalition for Housing, Building Changes, United Way of King County, the King County Housing Authority and the Seattle Housing Authority have released their "streamlined," combined, 2013 Notice of Funding Availability to award some $45.5 million to provide capital funds for new affordable housing and for operating support, rental assistance and supportive services for existing housing serving the homeless. Application deadlines, requirements and contact information vary for each of the NOFA's components, so please visit for specific details.


Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions has opened the application process for calendar year 2013 and 2014 New Markets Tax Credit funds totaling $8.5 billion. spurs investment of private sector capital into distressed communities by providing a tax credit to corporate or individual taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities which, in turn, invest the capital raised into projects and businesses in low-income communities. To date, the CDFI program has award more than $365 billion in credits. The deadline for certification as a Community Development Entity is August 9th and September 18th the deadline to apply for New Markets Tax Credits with national conference calls outlining the New Markets program on July 30th and August 1st. For more, visit here ( 


The City of Seattle's Office of Housing has set a September 12th deadline to apply for "approximately $21 million" under its Rental Housing Program "to support the production and preservation of rental housing that will provide long-term affordability." The funding is "various affordability restrictions and geographic priorities" and intended to advance of the City's Rental Housing Program. For more, visit


In partnership with the American Planning Association, HUD is now accepting nominations for in partnership 16th annual HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award. The Award recognizes excellence in planning that has led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, education, or housing choice or mobility for low- and moderate-income residents. The competition is open to both members and nonmembers of the Association. The deadline to submit nominations is August 27th. For more, see


Idaho Housing & Finance Association provides $50,000 and Home Partnership Foundation $100,000 to held "hundreds of Idahoans on the brink of homelessness" with assistance paying their rent through IHFA offices in Lewiston, Coeur d'Alene, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. . .Beaverton moving forward, reports Oregonian, with plans to lease city-owned parcel to allow two organizations to build 92 units of affordable housing. . .City and county officials and Northwest Justice Project prevail upon private owner of two downtown Yakima apartment complexes to repair code violations to avoid eviction, says Herald Republic, of "roughly 200" low-income tenants. . .ARCH Community Housing Trust and Habitat for Humanity of Blaine County announce merger says Idaho Mountain Express. . .Tom Kemper, a developer, named executive director of Housing Works in central Oregon succeeding Cyndy Cook who retired after 30 years with the agency. . .Portland's Home Builder Foundation & Portland Rescue Mission complete $1 million transformation of former nursing home into 42-bed shelter. . .Washington Legislature, says Cheney Free Press, provides $2.7 million to City of Airway Heights to address risks posed by residential area in the Fairchild Air Force Base flight path as City, says Spokesman Review, mulls property tax ballot measure to raise additional funds. . .Lincoln City buys 363 acres with plans to develop workforce housing. . .Cook Inlet Housing's Carol Gore named to Census Bureau's newly-formed National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. . .USDA Rural Development Alaska awards $550,000 in Rural Business Enterprise grants to Copper River-Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Conservation District, Bering Straits Foundation & Copper Valley Development Association . .Island City gives "green light" to Guardian Real Estate Services, says Oregonian, to proceed with $8.2 million, 38-unit affordable housing complex to be managed by Northeast Oregon Housing Authority. . .EPA awards $500,000 to Washington Department of Commerce and $300,000 to Oregon Department of Business Development to offer low-cost loans to communities to clean-up contaminated sites. . .2013 Portland Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness 2013 achievement awards won by Salvation Army's Amina Wilson, Transition Project's Bill Kervan, Central City Concern's Linda Hudson, Portland Homeless Family Solutions' Mobile Housing-Retention Program, Operation 305, Right 2 Dream Too, Portland Police Bureau's Captain Sara Westbrook, Homeless Bill of Rights Coalition's Shasta Leming, Northwest Pilot Project's Tim Smith and, last but not least, HUD Portland's Jan Olson.


"I call it housing gridlock. It started out to be about homelessness, but it quickly became about how you cannot end homelessness if you don't build a space for people to move to—it has been increasingly tight over the past five years," Brown said. "The bulk of the people who are holding onto the lower-end [rental] stock, who you would expect to move, they can't find affordable options." -- Michele Brown, president of United Way of Anchorage, The Anchorage Press, July 18, 2013.


"Housing authorities rarely make headlines. When they do, it's rarely in a good way. The Tacoma Housing Authority is proving itself the exception. In recent years, the THA has been reinventing subsidized housing - radically reinventing it. . .The strings normally attached to federal housing funds have required local housing authorities to increase a family's subsidies if its income went down and cut if its income went up. As long as the household fits the formula, the subsidies don't stop. But housing authorities have a problem that federal welfare doesn't. There is never enough money to help every family that can't afford a decent place to live. . .As THA executive director Michael Mirra has said, "we serve a small group of lucky families who potentially have lifetime subsidies. And there's this hideous waiting list of many thousands more who receive nothing." Under the authority's new Housing Opportunity Program, the subsidies are cut from about 59 percent to 50 percent of the standard rent level, allowing the THA to help more families. The amount remains fixed. Heads of households can get jobs and make more money (up to a certain point) without forfeiting the assistance. If they lose jobs and income, they don't get more. All the incentives - including the five-year maximum - are designed to encourage work and personal responsibility. The deadline doesn't apply to the disabled and elderly. If the deadlines and subsidy caps sound like the harsher side of tough love, consider the many thousands of needy families who've been shut out from rent subsidies entirely as the lucky few kept them indefinitely. . .All of this promises to help its clients break out of the cycle of poverty. One word best describes the THA's direction - visionary." - Editors of The News Tribune, "THA offers a broader vision of subsidized housing," July 3rd, 2013.


The Washington Housing Finance Commission has just turned 30. But it's still as trustworthy, still as vital to the work all of us do as ever. And more than happy, as always, to call attention to the work and successes of its partners. As it does in this month's edition of Kim Herman's My Way e-letter, offering an inside look at the Commission's longstanding - and effective - partnerships with 10 diverse organizations. Take a look at And, oh year, happy 30th!


Common sense might cause you to think that life in big city like Boise would be more expensive than in a small town, right? Not so says the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Its model shows is costs more to "get by" in rural Idaho than in cities like Boise, Idaho Falls or Lewiston. Housing's cheaper, but transportation and taxes take a real bite out of income.Check out the numbers at


"Since 2010, the number of homeless veterans encountered during the annual homeless census decreased nearly 60 percent. At the Whatcom Homeless Service Center, we used to routinely have upwards of 40 homeless veterans on our radar at any point in time. Lately, we are routinely down to single digits. . .The total number of homeless veterans decreased from 163 in 2010 to 69 in 2013. The number of unsheltered veterans also decreased, from 81 in 2010 to 21 in 2013. The number of sheltered veterans decreased as well, from 82 in 2010 to 48 in 2013." -Greg Winter, director of the Opportunity Council's Whatcom Homeless Service Center & Chair of the Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness in The Bellingham Herald, July 25, 2013, at


Should bricks-and-mortar organizations like HUD and its partners give a hoot about the Affordable Care Act? "Yep," answers HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride.


Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle sets August 1st deadline to apply for $5.9 million in Affordable Housing Program funds "on or around" May 15th with applications due August 1st. . .USDA Rural Development sets August 2nd deadline to apply for $3.8 million in Rural Housing Preservation grants. . .HUD sets August 7th deadline to apply for $4.5 million in Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities. . .Novogradac Community Development Foundation sets August 7th deadline to submit nominations for its Community Development Awards. . .Treasury sets August 9th deadline to apply for certification as Community Development Financial Institution. . .Washington State Housing Finance sets August 16th deadline to submit nominations for 2013 Friend of Housing Awards. . .USDA sets August 2nd deadline to apply for Rural Housing Preservation Grants. . .Oregon Housing & Community Services sets August 23rd deadline to apply for $3 million "balance-of-state" HOME Investment Partnership, 9% Low Income Tax Credit and other funds for affordable housing projects. . .National Endowment for the Humanities sets August 27th deadline to apply for Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges funds. . .VA sets September 9th deadline to apply for $3 million in Grants For Transportation Of Veterans In Highly Rural Areas. . .HUD sets September 10th deadline to apply for Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grants of up to $30 million each. . .City of Seattle sets September 12th deadline to apply for $21 million in Rental Housing Funds. . .HUD sets September 17th deadline to submit comments on the proposed Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule. . .Treasury sets September 18th deadline for certified Community Development Financial Institutions to apply for $8.5 billion in calendar years 2013 & 2014 New Market Tax Credit funding. . .Veterans Affairs extends deadline to apply for 5 grants totaling $2 million under Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot grants to September 19th.


HUD's offices nationwide expected to be closed on August 2nd due to sequestration.

HUD Boise & Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco host workshop on Working Effectively with Tribal Governments, August 6th, Boise. Visit

HUD's Santa Ana Homeownership Center hosts Webinar on Recent Changes & Initiatives at FHA, August 8th, on-line. 

USDA & 9 other Federal agencies including HUD hold Collaboration with tribal government leaders from Interior Alaska, August 9th, Fairbanks. For information, contact

Portland Housing Bureau & Home Forward celebrate completion - ahead of schedule - of 11X13 Initiative to preserve affordable housing in downtown, August 14th, Portland. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Comprehensive Reasonable Accommodations Workshop, August 15th, Grants Pass. Visit

HUD's offices nationwide expected to be closed on August 16th due to sequestration.

Deadline to submit nominations for 2013 Friends of Housing awards to Washington Housing Finance Commission, August 16th. Visit

Washington AHMA hosts HUD Basic Occupancy Certification Course, August 20th to 22nd, Airway Heights. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Comprehensive Reasonable Accommodations Workshop, August 21st, LaGrande. Visit

Bipartisan Policy Center hosts Housing America's Future: New Directions in National Policy with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, former U.S. Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, August 22nd, Sun Valley. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Comprehensive Reasonable Accommodations Workshop, August 22nd, Redmond. Visit

Idaho Housing & Finance Association hosts HOME Compliance Training, August 26th, Boise. Visit

Idaho Housing & Finance Association hosts workshop onPrinciples of LIHTC Asset Management, August 27th & 28th, Boise. Visit

HUD's offices nationwide expected to be closed on August 30th due to sequestration.

Northwest Indian Housing Association holds quarterly meeting, September 11th & 12th, Suquamish. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts RD-Specific Workshops, September 12th, LaGrande. Visit

Oregon AHMA holds workshop on Basic Fair Housing for Affordable Housing Staff, September 12th, Salem. Visit

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians hold 60th annual convention, September 16th to 19th,Worley. Visit

Oregon chapter of American Planning Association hosts Oregon Transportation Summit, September 16th, Portland. Visit

Washington AHMA hosts HUD Basic Occupancy Certification Course, September 17th to 19th, Federal Way. Visit

Alaska Association of REALTORS hosts annual conference, September 17th to 21st, Anchorage. Visit

Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition holding Fall Salon, September 18th, Seattle. Visit

HUD Spokane hosts on-line Basics of Fair Housing Webinar, September 19th, on-line.

Oregon Opportunity Network hosts Fall Industry Support Conference with keynote address by Governor John Kitzhaber, September 23rd & 24th, Portland. Visit

Preservation Idaho hosts Idaho Heritage Conference, September 25th to 2th, Boise. Visit

King County Office of Civil Rights offers workshops on Fair Housing Basics and Advanced Fair Housing, September 26th, Seattle. Visit


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