Northwest HUD Lines
August 2014

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


Friday, August 1st at 5:00 p.m. Pacific is the cast-in-concrete deadline to submit nominations for the 2014 Housing Washington Friend of Housing Awards. We've got lots of great partners doing lots of great work in Washington state. Let's give them the considerable credit they're due! Visit


". . .I am here today because I stole one terrific Secretary of HUD from you, but I've delivered another terrific Secretary of HUD to you. (Applause.). . .So in talking to Julián and initially trying to persuade him to take this task, what I saw was that spirit of hard work that's reflected in how he was brought up and the values that were instilled in him. And he, every single day, wants to make sure that those values live out in the work that he does. And I know everybody in this room, you've got a story to tell, too, about somebody who, along the way, gave you some opportunity; about somebody who -- maybe you were, like me, raised by a single mom and -- like that first apartment that really -- had your own bedroom and it was clean. (Laughter.) And it was in a decent neighborhood and there was a decent school district. And how happy everybody was, and the transformation that could take place in people's lives. That's a story I want you to tap into every day that you come to work. Sometimes work in Washington can be discouraging. Sometimes it seems as if the agenda that you're trying to pursue helping working families and middle-class families -- sometimes it seems that's not the priorities up on Capitol Hill. But if you remember why you got into this work in the first place, if you remember that this is not just a job but it should also be a passion -- (applause) -- that it should also be part of giving back, that you shouldn't just be checking in and punching the clock, but every single day there's somebody out there who could use your help -- and I know when they get that help -- and they write letters to me and they'll tell me, you know what, you transformed my life -- there's no better feeling on Earth than that feeling that you somehow played a small part in a family succeeding. (Applause.) And that's the attitude I want you to have every single day that you're here. I tell folks, I've now been President for more than five and a half years, and I've got two and a half years left, and I want to squeeze every single day -- I want to squeeze as much out of every single day. (Applause.) This is not just a job, this is a privilege that we have. And we've got to do -- we've got to take advantage of it. We've got to seize it. Because that's what makes it worthwhile. . .Don't squander that. Don't succumb to the cynicism. Don't start thinking that this is just a job. Remember the mission that you've got. And if you do that, I guarantee you, under Julian's leadership, years from now you're going to be able to look back and really be proud of everything that you've accomplished, because there are going to be a whole lot of people's lives who are a lot better. Thank you, everybody. God bless you." - Excerpts of remarks by President Barack Obama on a visit to HUD Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on July 31, 2014. For a full text, visit


Oh to be 40 again! Not a few of us would love to be celebrating that. No such luck. So, let's celebrate something else - the 40th birthday of HUD's Community Development Block Grant program. Why that, you ask? How about Yakima's. CDBG helped make it happen. Or the expanded food bank in Salem? Ditto. Or better dental health in Parkland? Ditto too. Or a revitalized Anchorage neighborhood that's become a national model of "how-to" turnaround a distressed community? Yep, another ditto. Or preserving affordable housing in downtown Portland. CDBG again! Or a flood wall to protect downtown Mt. Vernon from the Skagit River. You got it - CDBG! Or better sidewalks and bikeways in McCall? Ditto that. Or a museum celebrating the American car in Tacoma. Another ditto! Forty years since bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress enacted and President Gerald Ford signed CDBG into law there are probably 40,000 stories just like these of Federal funds being used by local governments to meet local needs, local priorities in communities across America. Now that's something worth celebrating!


A native of Hood River, Oregon, Margaret Salazar is coming home. Currently in her eighth year with HUD and her fourth at HUD Headquarters where she has served as HUD's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Affordable Housing Preservation in which capacity she has overseen the preservation and re-capitalization of thousands of HUD-assisted rental housing units through HUD's Mark-to-Market and, since 2012, its Rental Assistance Demonstration Initiative. On August 11th, though, she assumes a new position as Field Office Director for HUD in Oregon. She's looking forward to it.   "I'm at the stage now where I've gained a lot of knowledge in Washington and I'm really looking forward to putting it to use back home and getting back to the field to make a difference on the ground," she explained recently. "I think what's great about being a field office director is that you get to work together with folks from all the different program areas and just see how we can pull together our programs and make a difference in local communities." Ms. Salazar is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Portland and is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined HUD in 2006 as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of Housing in San Francisco after serving in the administrations of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco. She succeeds Robin Prichard as field office director for Oregon. 


A Happy Birthday to the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating 100 years of service to Washington's rural communities. . .Governor Otter has announced the award of $500,000 in Idaho CDBG funds to the City of Twin Falls to spur economic development and job creation by upgrading the public infrastructure at a site of Clif Bar's new 300,000 square foot baking facility. . .Housing Works says it's secured funding, reports KTVZ-TV, for 40 more affordable units at Eastlake Village in Bend. . .Washington State Housing Finance Commission has approved a waiver that allows Washington families at 60 percent or less of area median income affected by wildfires to self-certify themselves as eligible for Low Income Tax Credit housing, thereby cutting their re-housing wait time, the Commission estimates, by at least a week. . .HUD Oregon working with Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation to, as Statesman-Journal has reported, "get out of the business of managing and owning affordable housing" by insuring to insure a smooth transfer of its inventory to Catholic Housing Services. . .Island County decides, reports South Whidbey Record, to join with Whatcom and Skagit counties in a proposed HOME Investment Partnership Consortium. . .Anchorage Assembly approves plan, says Daily News, to designate 65-block area of city's Fairview neighborhood as eligible for tax incentives of up to 10 years to spur "new construction and redevelopment" of deteriorated properties. . .Salem Housing Authority & Housing Development Center get to work preserving 186 units of housing at Parkway Village & Robert Lindsay Towers, the first HUD-approved Rental Assistance Demonstration project in Oregon. . .Castle Rock, Kirkland, Kenmore, Chelan and Tacoma win 2014 Washington League of Cities Municipal Excellence Awards. . .Columbian reports that, thanks to Low Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by the Washington Housing Finance Commission, construction will begin "later this year" of the 15 West Apartments, 120 "permanently-affordable" studio units in downtown Vancouver. . .NeighborWorks Umpqua wins $416.500 USDA self-help housing grant. . .Swinomish Tribe wins $758,000 EPA grant to "research coastal climate impacts to traditional foods, cultural sites and tribal community health and well-being" and .Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium wins $888,000 to "research how climate change has impacted food and water security in remote Arctic Alaska Native villages.". . .HUD awards $271,963 "imminent threat" grant through its Indian CDBG program to village on the Koykuk River to address homes and infrastructure put at risk by erosion of its river banks. . .FHA's Office of Housing Counseling says HUD-approved agencies will be required to submit revised Form 9902 as of October 1st.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a partnership with social service organizations like Catholic Charities USA, the National Association of Community Health Centers, USDA's Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs to, explains the Bureau's Richard Cordray, connect "consumers with low-to-moderate incomes to the Bureau's information, tools, and resources through the people they know and trust." The main tools will be CFPB's new "Your Money, Your Goals" toolkit and the social services professionals affiliated with partner organizations who will be trained on how to help consumers work through and use the toolkit as they navigate complex and sometimes overwhelming financial issues. Each of the participating organizations has agreed to train at least 500 staff on using the toolkit in their interactions with those they serve. For more, visit


Congratulations to the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance in Spokane. It's just received approval by the Washington Department of Licensing to go on-line with two, three-clock-hour courses on fair housing, one for real estate professionals and the other for mortgage brokers that will allow them to review and refresh their knowledge of Federal and state fair housing laws and regulations and earn three hours of non-mandated continuing education credits. Find out more by visiting


The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle has announced that, effective July 25th, "Home$tart program grants are available to qualifying homebuyers who have previously owned a home, as well as to qualifying first-time." The grants, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, can be used for downpayments, closing costs or rehabilitation of an owner-occupied home. Right now, Home$tart has $1.5 million in available funds and expects to increase its pool by $300,000 "in coming weeks." The Home$tart grants provide $3 for every $1 of a homebuyers funds, up to $5,000 while Home$tart Plus provides homebuyers receiving public housing assistance with $2 for every $1 of the homebuyers funds, up to $10,000. Since its establishment in 1995, the Seattle banks' Home$tart program has awarded some $47 million in grants to 9,000 homeowners. For list of Home$tart financial institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington, visit for more about the Home$tart programs, visit


Thanks to a unanimous vote by the Washington State Building Code Council it should take less time and less money for homeowners to install simple photovoltaic solar systems on their rooftops. How? By no longer requiring the installation to be reviewed by an engineer. Reflecting a recommendation of the Northwest Solar Communities, the change, says the Department of Commerce, "removes an estimated $500 to $2,500 in project costs and up to eight weeks of wait time for homeowners without compromising structural safety." The Council set July 1st as the effective date, but the change will have to go through the full rule-making process - including public hearings - to become permanent. For more, visit


Noting that "not only victimize people who need help, they also harm legitimate businesses," Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues two mortgage rescue "scammers" - Delay My Sale Date & US Recovery Program - for falsely promising they can delay or prevent foreclosure". .USDA awards total of more than $120,000 in Rural Business Enterprise grants to Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, Klamath Tribe in Oregon and Alaska Village Electric Cooperative to help "strengthen tribal business and create jobs". . .City of Pasco, reports TriCity Herald, celebrates the opening of its community garden. . .Based on scoring in pre-application stage, Multnomah County Department of Health and Washington State University get go ahead to submit full application for grants of up to $750,000 under HUD's Healthy Homes & Lead Technical Studies Grant Program. . .Amanda Sturgeon named executive director of Seattle-based International Living Future Institute effective August 1st. . .With a lack of affordable housing becoming "public health concern," Arctic Sounder says North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower proposes $20.5 million capital allocation to allow Borough to build its own public housing. . .Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition wins on of 37 EPA Urban Waters Small Grants to help prioritize and implement recommendations for clean-up of Lower Duwamish. . .Bend Bulletin says city officials have urged City Council to make two vacant parcels available for affordable housing. . .Air Force Times' analysis "of a dozen factors —rom school quality to the local economy, crime rates to traffic, and climate to on-base amenities, such as commissaries" - concludes that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska is the fourth-best U.S. Air Force base of 68 evaluated stateside with Eielson A.F.B. near Fairbanks coming in 17th. . .Catholic Charities of Yakima is now accepting applications for Chief Financial Officer at


HUD has set a September 2nd deadline for fair housing and other non-profit agencies to apply for more than $38 million in Fair Housing Initiatives funds for education & outreach ($5,450,000), private enforcement activities ($29,275,000) and fair housing organization initiative activities ($3,575,000) "to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices and inform individuals of their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act."


USDA has set a September 2nd deadline to apply for $24 million in loans, $8 million in grants and $1.5 million in rental subsidies under its Farm Labor Housing program to produce or preserve affordable multi-family housing for farm workers and their families. Eligible applicants include farmers, farmers associations, family farm corporations, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, public agencies and farmworker associations. Since 2009, the USDA funding has built or renovated more than 4,300 farm labor housing units across the country. For more, visit the July 1st Federal Register at


The Meyer Memorial Trust has set an August 15th deadline to apply for a total of $200,000 in Affordable Housing Advocacy grants designed to "to expand the number and diversity of voices engaged in housing advocacy" and to "promote concrete policy and systems changes at both the local and statewide levels" across Oregon. It expects that most awards will be for one-year grants from $5,000 to $25,000 though it will consider applications for two-year grants of up $50,000. Nonprofit organizations, government entities, public and private educational organizations, and Tribal governments that have a "track record of "community-driven public policy advocacy" are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for community organizing, leadership development, communications, training and campaign development. For more, visit


The votes are all in and now the world waits to see whether later this summer Parade magazine declares McMinnville, Oregon or Collierville, Tennessee is "Best Main Street in America". . .More than 80 volunteers from REACH CDC's community builder program provide free complete house painting, carpentry, accessibility improvements and yard clean-ups to elderly residents of Washougal, Washington. . .vhoue4City of Seattle celebrates National Night Out against crime for 30th straight year with events citywide including five police picnics hosted by new police commissioner Kathleen O'Toole. . .Tony Mestres named to succeed Norm Rice as president of the Seattle Foundation. . .For the third time, says Idaho State Journal, Jim Johnston of Keeler Williams Realty named REALTOR of the Year by Pocatello Association of REALTORS. . .Our Native American Business & Entrepreneurial Network in Oregon and GROW Washington in Washington state among 10 rural organizations to win total of $300,000 in USDA Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program grants to provide micro-loans to rural businesses with 10 or fewer employees to "start or develop businesses". . .Oregon AHMA names REACH CDC's Linda Hughes as Compliance Specialist of the Year. . .Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces award of $320,000 in Technology Matching Fund grants to 23 organizations to help insure"all Seattleites have access to and proficiency using internet-based technologies. . .Habitat for Humanity for Snohomish County, says Everett Herald, "turns over" keys to new owners of 20th home it's built. . .Happy 30th ton Innovative Housing Inc. which, appropriately enough, it marks by beginning work to, says Albany Democrat Herald, "replace dated mobile home park" with $10.6 million Woodland Square Apartments by next year. . .Longtime afford able housing advocate Kandace Harvey picked as grand marshal for Klahaya Days Parade through downtown Snohomish. . .Fair Housing Council of Oregon launches partnership with Mexican consulate in Medford to provide fair housing info to those the consulate serves. . .City of Galena gets funds to re-build a baseball field destroyed in last spring's Yukon River flooding, Beans Café, funds to remodel its social services facilities, Cold Climate Housing Research Center to expand its research facilities, Haa Aani Community Development Fund to support small businesses in southeast Alaska as part of $12.5 million in grants awarded to 25 organizations across state by Rasmuson Foundation. 


A recently-issued study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that "the majority of debit card overdraft fees are incurred on transactions of $24 or less and that the majority of overdrafts are repaid within three days. Put in lending terms, if a consumer borrowed $24 for three days and paid the median overdraft fee of $34, such a loan would carry a 17,000 percent annual percentage rate (APR)." Some return, huh? For more, visit


Sometimes something important and worth noting gets overlooked because something else just as important gets noticed more. A case in point, Oregon House Bill 2639 introduced by Representative and House Speaker Tina Kotek of Portland, passed by both houses of the Oregon Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber. It took effect on July 1st and is likely to have a profound effect on housing in Oregon. Prior to its becoming law, it was illegal to discriminate in housing against a person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or familial status. H.B. 2639 expanded that prohibition to include "or source of income" which includes "federal rent subsidies" and "any other local, state or federal housing subsides."  Oregon is one of the very first states to have enacted such a protection. Which, of course, makes it well worth noting, especially since it may not be the last state to do so. For a full version of H.B. 2649, visit


If, as we suspect, you're a housing wonk just like us no matter how many times you hear it, it's a story that gives you goose bumps - a head of household who has always dreamed of owning a home, never thought they would and then, one day, find themselves getting a set of keys to their piece of the American Dream. Stories of this sort are Proud Ground's line-of-business. And it's now got 275 of them to tell. Read the latest at


Over the last three years, "over half of all U.S. adults (52%) have had to make at least one sacrifice in order to cover their rent or mortgage" including "getting an additional job, deferring saving for retirement, cutting back on health care and healthy foods, running up credit card debt, or moving to a less safe neighborhood or one with worse schools." Seven in ten (70%) "believe we are still in the middle of the crisis or that the worst is yet to come." Six in ten (58&) "believe government should be doing more to ensure there is both sufficient affordable quality rental housing, and housing to buy." Findings all from the MacArthur Foundation's second annual How Housing Matters survey of 1,355 adults nationwide conducted in early April and released in early June. It's sobering stuff, but also a convincing demonstration of what President Obama and Secretary Castro mean when they say "there's still lots to be done." For the full survey, visit


"The Julián Castro era is officially over at" San Antonio "City Hall. We offer heartfelt congratulations to the outgoing mayor. The ease of Castro's confirmation as secretary of Housing and Urban Development — by a 71-26 vote — in the ultra-partisan U.S. Senate is testament to his abilities as a public servant and his personal integrity. The signature achievement of Castro's mayor tenure is the Pre-K 4 SA program, launched with a voter-approved sales tax increase. The investment in San Antonio's human capital is an unprecedented step forward in the effort to boost San Antonio's workforce and wages, while giving children mired in economic disadvantages the best possible chance to achieve educationally and professionally. . .Castro's legacy includes a mastery of political skill that made him a strong force in a weak mayor structure. That accomplishment puts him in a small elite group of San Antonio mayors. The push for clean energy jobs with a huge assist from CPS Energy and his skillful handling of a potential disaster by halting an overpriced expansion of the nuclear South Texas Project were major success stories from the Castro era. The mayor helped the city maintain positive momentum in difficult economic times, and kept City Council operating on a professional level, a goal that has eluded many others. . .We wish Castro well in his new role at the helm the complex and important federal housing department. He will need all of the political skills he can muster. We are confident that he is up to the task. - From "Castro served our City well as Mayor," The San Antonio Express-News, July 9, 2014.


Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle sets August 1st deadline to apply for some $4.9 million in Affordable Housing Program funds. . .Housing Washington sets August 1st deadline to submit nominations for 2014 Friend of Housing awards. . .Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sets August 1st deadline to respond to request-for-proposals to provide $75,000 to collaborations closing opportunity gaps in Washington state and metropolitan Portland. . .HUD sets August 12th deadline to apply Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants of up to $500,000 each. . .Meyer Memorial Trust sets August 15th deadline to apply for one-year grants of up to $25,000 to expand affordable housing advocacy across Oregon. . .Oregon Housing & Community Services sets August 15th as deadline to apply for funding under its 2014 HOME & LIHTC NOFA. . .Idaho Association of REALTORS sets August 15th deadline to submit nominations for REALTOR of the Year. . .Idaho Nonprofit Center sets August 15th deadline to submit nominations for 2014 Idaho Nonprofit Excellence Awards. . .Living Future sets August 17th deadline to submit session proposals for its 2015 Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Francisco. . .HUD sets August 18th for housing authorities, Tribes, resident associations and non-profits to apply for total of $36 million in Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator grants to assist residents of subsidized achieving economic independence. . .HUD sets August 18th deadline for small communities with fewer than 100 units of public housing to apply for a $500,000 HOPE VI Main Street Revitalization grant. . .Alaska Community Foundation sets September 1st deadline for eligible non-profits to apply for Strengthening Organizations grants. . .HUD sets September 2nd deadline for fair housing and other non-profits to apply for more than $38 million in Fair Housing Initiative Programs funding. . .USDA Rural Housing Service sets September 2nd deadline to apply for $23.8 million in loans ^ $8.3 million in grants for off-farm farm labor housing. . .EPA sets September 5th deadline to submit nominations for National Smart Growth Achievement Award. . .Seattle Office of Housing sets September 12th deadline to apply for $22 million Rental Housing Program funds " to support the production and preservation of rental housing that will provide long‐term affordability". . .USDA sets December 31st deadline to apply for "up to" $150 million in Section 538 loan guarantees for construction or rehabilitation of rural rental housing.


Mayor Ed Murray hosts celebration of 30th annual National Night Out Against Crime at locations throughout Seattle, August 5th. Visit

Washington State Human Rights Commission offers free Fair Housing Training, August 7th, Spokane. Contact Heuidi.Oday@HUM.WA.GOV or call (509) 568-3202. 

King County Housing Authority to break ground for 77-unit Vantage Point Senior Apartments in Renton, August 8th, Renton. Visit

HUD offers workshop for CHDOS on Understanding the 2013 Final HOME Rule, August 12th to 14th, Phoenix. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Maintenance Medley workshop, August 13th, Grants Pass. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities & HUD Alaska host Housing Quality Standards workshop, August 13th ^ 14th, Anchorage. Dates tentative so visit

Alaska Municipal League holds its annual summer conference, August 13th to 15th, Nome. Visit

HUD Seattle hosts Advanced Noise Workshop, August 18th, Seattle.

HUD Seattle & FHA's Santa Ana Homeownership Center offer FHA Lender Workshop, August 18th & 19th, Seattle.

King County Office of Civil Rights offers Introductory & Advanced Fair Housing Workshops, August 19th, Seattle.

LinkIDAHO hosts 2014 Idaho Broadband Summit with special guest FCC Commissioner Michael O'Reilly, August 19th, Boise. Visit

HUD Portland hosts Advanced Noise Workshop, August 20th, Portland.

HUD Seattle hosts on-line Basics of Fair Housing Webinar, August 20th, on-line.

HUD Seattle & FHA's Santa Ana Homeownership Center host workshop on Completing Today's FHA Appraisal, August 20th, Seattle. Contact briyanna.l.talley@hud.govor at (714) 796-1200. 

U.S. Small Business Administration hosts Boots to Business:Reboot, a two-day entrepreneurship training course for veterans, August 20th & 21st, Seattle. Visit

Northwest Fair Housing Alliance hosts HUD's Kristina Miller for Fair Housing Basics workshop, August 25th, Spokane. Contact or (509) 327-0774. 

HUD offers workshop for CHDOS on Understanding the 2013 HOME Final Rule, August 26th to 28th, Portland. Visit

Tacoma Housing Authority celebrates the grand opening of Bay Terrace in the Hilltop neighborhood. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century, August 26th, Grants Pass. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century, August 27th, La Grande. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Maintenance Medley workshop, September 10th, Salem. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities & HUD Alaska host Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report, August 27th & 28th, Anchorage. Visit

FDIC, Comptroller of the Currency & HUD Idaho host Ada County Housing Summit, September 3rd, RSVP to

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities & HUD Alaska host Basics of Human Resources Management workshop, September 16th & 17th, Anchorage. Visit

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians annual conference and trade show hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Indian Reservation. September 22nd to the 25th, Pendleton. Visit

Idaho Nonprofit Center hosts 14th annual statewide conference, September 23rd & 24th, Boise. Visit

RCAC-Rural Community Assistance Corporation - hosts USDA Section 502 Direct Loan Packaging workshop, September 23rd t0 25th, Portland. Visit

HUD Seattle hosts on-line Basics of Fair Housing Webinar, September 24, on-line.

Oregon League of Cities holds 88th annual convention, September 25th to 27th, Eugene. Visit

Oregon Opportunity Network convenes 2014 Fall Industry Conference, September 30th, Portland. Visit


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