Northwest HUD Lines
August 2015

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

HUD publishes Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing final rule
"Too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from," HUD Secretary Julián Castro noted on July 8th, adding "a ZIP code should never determine a child's future." Thanks to some new "tools" unveiled by the Secretary, one's Zip Code should no longer decide one's destiny. The tools are part of - indeed, the essential element of - a new HUD Final Rule intended to help communities across the country "meet long-standing fair housing obligation" to affirmatively further fair housing "in their use of HUD funds." The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule is based on recommendations from a 2010 Government Accountability Office report as well as stakeholders and HUD program participants." As the Office recommended and stakeholders requested, it provides "clearer guidance, more technical assistance, better compliance and more meaningful outcomes." And, of course, lots of data and tools that "clarifies and simplifies existing fair housing obligations and creates a streamlined Assessment of Fair Housing planning process" to help communities "establish their own goals and priorities to address the fair housing barriers in their community." And, better still, the new rule won't be dropped on communities like a ton-of-bricks, but will be phased-in "so that grantees have substantial time to transition to the new approach."

Communities react to HUD's new fair housing rule
No surprise. Even before Secretary Castro spoke about HUD's new Affirmatively Fair Housing rule, the critics already were on the move, calling it "government overreach." Not so, said many of those who, in America's cities and towns, will be responsible for following and implementing the rule. We support the balanced approach the new rule takes," said Mayor Annise Parker of Houston. The rule "is giving us innovative tools and resources to accelerate the work we're doing in our region, increasing access to opportunity and ensuring that a person's ability to thrive is not dictated by his or her ZIP code," observed King County Executive Dow Constantine. "Our goal is to be inclusive, our goal is to create equal access to opportunity and that's exactly," said Mayor Kevin Johnson, what HUD's new rule "is all about."

Share your views on how HUD should select Promise Zones
HUD & the USDA are about to launch the third and final round of competition for communities to seek designation as a Promise Zone where the Federal government works intensively with high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities to develop and implement strategies to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. To date, 13 Promise Zones have been designated. Another 13 are expected to by 2016. But before the competition opens, HUD and USDA want to hear your views what should - and should not be - in the process by which these communities are selected. So here's your chance to have your voice heard. Don't pass it up. The deadline for public comments is September 28th.

Should there be a deadline on filing an FHA claim?
If you're a servicer or lender active with FHA-insured mortgages, you may also want to take a look at - and even comment on - a proposed rule by FHA to "establish a maximum time period for lenders to file insurance claims and to revise its policy on reimbursement of eligible expenses and debenture interest when foreclosure and claim filing deadlines are missed." During the recent slowdown, some lenders delayed submitting claims, opting for an "all-at-once" strategy and filing large numbers at one time. FHA says the tactic put "a strain on FHA resources." It's now proposing "require lenders to submit claims three months from the point at which they obtain marketable title to the property or successfully sell the property to a third party." Comments are due September 4th. If you've got views, now's the time to share them.

Effective date delayed for Know Before You Owe disclosure rule
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has delayed the effective date of the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure Final Rule for two months until October 3, 2015. The rule requires easier-to-use mortgage disclosure forms that clearly lay out the terms of a mortgage for a homebuyer. The Bureau issued the change to correct an administrative error.

Promoting small buildings as larger source of affordable housing
HUD's Federal Housing Administration has just posted a notice launching a new Small Buildings Risk Sharing Initiative intended to "incentivize" high-capacity lenders to make greater use of fixed-rate, FHA-insured multifamily mortgages in lending and servicing "small buildings" - i.e., those with mortgages of between $3 and $5 million. Small buildings comprise an estimated 34 percent of the nation's inventory of 17.5 million multi-family rental units, often charge rents lower than those in larger buildings and, are usually low. Under the program, Under the program FHA will assume 50 percent of the risk - thereby freeing-up lenders' balance sheets and expand their lending activity - while cutting processing time and costs for the lenders and, says HUD's Assistant Deputy Secretary for Housing Ed Golding , "help preserve affordable housing for property owners and tenants."

Clarification on equal access in HUD multi-family properties
On July 13th HUD issues Notice H-2015-06 to provide clarification and guidance on implementation of HUD's Equal Access Rule in HUD-assisted & -insured multifamily housing "regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status."

Seattle selected as one of 28 communities across country ConnectHome high-speed broadband initiative which, in Seattle, will provide discounted Century Link Internet service to some 6,600 students living in HUD-assisted and Seattle Housing Authority public housing. . .Effective August 1st Community Frameworks' Spokane office is moving to 907 West Riverside Avenue in Spokane, Washington (99201). . .Anchorage celebrates its 100th birthday and shows how to throw a party - cake or no cake. . .Housing Authority of Umatilla County becomes 15th Oregon housing authority awarded HUD VASH rental vouchers that it will use to give homeless veterans in Umatilla, Gillian, Morrow & Wheeler counties a permanent, affordable place to call home. . .Portland, Oregon Housing Bureau & Portland Development Commission begin process to identify "any necessary updates and changes" to City's Housing Set Aside Policy, "the largest and primary source of financing for affordable housing programs in the city". . .Governor Inslee names Wendy Lawrence of Neah Bay & Makah Tribe & Ken Larsen of Banner Bank in Bellingham to Washington State Housing Finance Commission. . .On 13 acres that were once a golf driving range, Commissioner Dan Saltzman appoints Kurt Creager, former executive director of Vancouver, Washington Housing Authority, as executive director of Portland Housing Bureau. .Corporation for National & Community Services announces award of 25 AmeriCorps volunteer positions in Alaska, 42 in Idaho, 282 in Oregon, &1,181 in Washington in 2015. . .Blaine County Housing Authority asks County to transfer, says Idaho Mountain Express, two parcels north of Hailey slated for development, but then stalled by Great Recession so that Authority can build affordable housing. . .Warm Springs Housing Authority celebrates the grand opening of the $9.7 million, 35-home Greeley Heights subdivision, the first tribal Low Income Housing Tax credit development in Oregon in more than 20 years. . .congratulations to City of Renton, Washington Housing Authority & King County Housing Authority on the selection of their collaboration to transform city's Sunset Terrace neighborhood as one of just 9 finalists in HUD's 2015 Choice Neighborhoods competition. . .Housing Authority of Washington County, Oregon in Oregon breaks ground on 236-unit Sunset View Apartments, more than doubling, says County Commission Chair Andy Duyck, "the supply of affordable housing units that we typically bring to the market in a single year". . .Cook Inlet Housing celebrates grand opening of Caswell Court, 34-units of accessible, affordable housing for seniors in Anchorage, Alaska. . .Bellevue, Washington City Council okays city's "first ever" multi-family tax exemption, says Puget Sound Business Journal, "aimed at enticing" developers to build housing "that someone making $38,000 a year or less could afford". . .Housing Hope of Everett, Washington honored by Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation with outstanding achievement award for its "30 year track record of owning and maintaining the National Register listed, Commerce Building in downtown Everett," noting that in its recent floor-by-floor restoration, Housing Hope "the restoration process, Housing Hope has "kept an eye on preserving the historic character of structure so that it may be enjoyed by many for generations to come."

Is HOME-wrecking on the agenda?
Over the last 20 years HUD's HOME Investment Partnership program has helped communities across the country build some 1.2 million affordable housing units. Currently there is a proposal being considered by Congress for a 93 percent reduction in HOME funding in fiscal year 2016 beginning on Octobers 1st. Were the proposal to become law, Alaska would lose an estimate $3,401,231, Idaho would lose $3,498,647, Oregon would lose $11,262,176 and Washington would lose $16,117,478 in HOME funds in 2016. Which would mean what in human terms, you might wonder. Well, down-payment assistance of up to $10,000 per income-eligible household is an eligible HOME activity. If a 93 percent cut is enacted in HOME, it would be the equivalent to denying up to 3,428 families in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington a chance to buy their first home.

A virtual HOME tour
What else might happen in the communities we serve if there is a 93 percent reduction in fiscal year 2016 HOME Investment Partnership funding? Well, it almost certainly will mean significantly-less funding for projects like Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services renovation of The Cornelius which preserved some of the few affordable housing units in Corvallis, Oregon. Less funding for projects like the Kirkland Avenue Townhomes that have helped spark the revitalization of Renton, Washington's Sunset Terrace neighborhood. Less funding for projects like ReHOME Oregon which is preserving and modernizing manufactured housing in Coos County, Oregon which houses 40 percent who live there. Less funding for projects like the Pat Williams Apartments in Seattle, Washington which has enabled some of the city's poorest residents to live in South Lake Union, one of its hottest neighborhoods. Less funding for project like REACH CDC's The Orchards at Orenco in Hillsboro, Oregon, the largest "passive" multifamily complex in North America. Sometimes, of course, less is more. But that's probably going to be a hard pill to swallow for the 7.7 million very low-income American families who, in 2013, HUD reported were desperate for decent, affordable housing but couldn't find it.

From healthy homes to healthy kids in Alaska
Congratulations to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, one of the first four winners of the first-ever HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes. The Award, presented in July at the National Environmental Health Association's national conference in Orlando, honors organizations for "activities and policies" that confer "measurable benefits in the health of lower income residents." Since 2011, the Consortium's Environmental Health Program - a multi-organization "intervention to reduce the need for respiratory medical care among high risk Native children through healthier housing and improved air quality" - reports a 26 percent decrease in carbon dioxide, a 68 percent decrease in volatile organic compounds, and a 21 percent decrease in particulates in the almost 70 homes in the eight communities where it has been at work. The Consortium is "leading the way in creating healthy environments for families to thrive," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Reserve your seat while there are still seats to reserve!
Quick reminder. Space limited & seats are filling fast for HUD's free workshop on HUD's Lead-Safe Housing & EPA's Renovate, Repair & Painting Rule in downtown Seattle on August 11th & 12th. Now's the time to register! Ditto for HUD's free day-and-a-half Healthy Homes Symposium on August 12th & 13th, also in Seattle. Register, too, for the Symposium today! And if you can't travel to Seattle for either or both workshops, you can view them remotely from our offices in Anchorage, Boise & Portland.

Where, why & against whom have components got a gripe
Ever wonder why, where and against whom consumers have complaints? Thanks to a new service recently launched by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau now you'll know. Its Monthly Complaint Report offers the latest stats on which companies it's receiving the most complaints about, what states they're coming from and why consumers feel aggrieved. It also offers a more detailed look at a particular problem - the first issue focused on debt collection - and a more in-depth look at complaint profiles in a particular market. Consumer complaints, says Bureau director Richard Cordray, are the Bureau's "compass" and "help" the Bureau "identify and prioritize problems for potential action."

Anchorage, Alaska Mayor Berkowitz announces, says Dispatch, 56 more units of housing, for "city residents who are alcoholic, homeless or have mental illness. . .Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces State Housing Council okay for construction of 329 new and rehabilitation of 287 affordable housing units in Sutherlin, Jacksonville, Salem, Bridge Meadows, Redmond, Silverton, Portland, Medford, Eugene, White City, Nyssa, Molalla & Corvallis. . .Idaho Housing & Finance Association's Housing Company, says Times News, begins constructing 60-unit Field in Twin Falls. . .Bridge Housing, says Oregonian, picked to develop $93 million RiverPlace in Portland, Oregon which will include 203 units of affordable housing. . .National Endowment for the Arts awards Our Town grants to Anchorage Museum & Municipality of Anchorage, AK, the City of Milton-Freewater, OR and the Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority to support "creative placemaking" that helps "build stronger communities and improve the quality of life for residents". . .Tacoma WA Housing Authority & Living Access Support Alliance celebrate opening of Prairie Oaks, a LASA client services center and 15 new permanent, supportive units of housing for homeless families in Lakewood. . .United Way of Snohomish County WA steps up & helps out homeless in big way says KUOW. . .Human Solutions of Portland OR names Andy Miller, formerly with the Portland Housing Bureau and most recently with Volunteers of America Oregon, to succeed retiring Jean DeMaster as executive director. . .Bellingham, WA Herald says Catholic Housing Services to set aside 20 of the 42 units at Francis Place Apartments opening this summer to be "set aside" for homeless clients of Northwest Youth Services. . USDA okays $19 million in loans to the Clearwater Power Company serving communities in Idaho, Oregon & Washington & the Benton Rural Electric Association in Washington to upgrade some 39 miles of rural electric lines. .HUD's Residential Care Facilities program & Walker & Dunlop, reports NW MarketWatch,, conclude refinancing that includes HUD's first-ever conversion of assisted-living of an assisted-living facility - Arbor Ridge in Vancouver, WA - to HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration initiation. . .Emily Reiman named as executive director of NEDCO and its affiliate Community Lending Works in Springfield, OR. . .Housing Authority of City of Pasco WA & Franklin County completes 7-building, $9.7 million Varney Court, 38 units of affordable housing for farm workers and their families in Pasco. . .Innovative Housing Inc. celebrates grand re-opening, says Oregonian, of 62-unit Erickson-Fritz Apartments in Portland, OR after $15 million renovation & transformation of the two buildings built in 1912. . .City of Burien, WA & King County Housing & Community Development celebrate, says Highland Times, re-opening of CDBG-renovated Dorothy Harper Playground & CDBG-re-roofed community center. . .HUD & National AIDS Housing Coalition opens registration for October 14th & 15th session in Portland on relationship between stable housing & better HIV/AIDS outcomes.

Homeless funding competition begins in Seattle & King County
In July the City of Seattle, King County, the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority and ARCH-A Regional Collaboration for Affordable Housing released their 2015 Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing for Homeless Individuals, Families & Young Adults. This year - the 11th year they've issued a combined NOFA - they expect to competitively award $65.9 million for a number of programs reflecting the priorities set by the Committee to End Homelessness' recently-ratified Strategic Plan for 2015 through 2019. Each element of the NOFA has its own objectives, requirements and deadlines. Applications for Operating Support, Rental Assistance & Supportive Services are due September 22nd. Applications for capital funds from ARCH, for example, will be due on September 9th while those for King County capital funds will be due September 10th and for City of Seattle capital funds on September 14th. Hopefully, you get the point - there are lots of moving parts to this NOFA and lots of homework to do. It's on-line now and, if you're interested, today's as good a day to start as any.

Spreading the Fair Housing message
HUD has set an August 26th deadline for to apply for grants from $325,000 to $1 million under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program. This year HUD expects to competitively award 50 grants totaling $39.2 million under the program. The program provides funding to local to help insure compliance with and advance the goals of the Fair Housing Act in three types of activities. This year HUD expects to competitively award $29.5 million in grants to support Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI) activities that include testing for and enforcement actions under the Act. Some $3.5 million will be awarded through the Education & Outreach Initiative(EOI) which educates the public of their rights and responsibilities under the Act or state and local laws which are equivalent to it. And $6,425,000 will be competitively awarded under the Fair Housing Organizations Initiative(FHOI)) which increases the capacity and effectiveness of non-profit fair housing organizations, particularly those working on behalf of underserved populations like residents of rural communities or immigrants. This year's NOFA also includes six new types of grant awards for both national and local capacity building and education and outreach activities focused on disability, familial status and sex discrimination(including domestic violence, sexual harassment & gender identify). For more, see FR-5900-N-21

Broadbanding rural America
Noting that "USDA investments have delivered broadband service to 1.5 million households, businesses, schools, libraries and community facilities," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that between now and September 30th USDA's Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for loans & loan guarantees of up to maximum of $20 million under its Rural Broadband Access program. To be eligible an applicant must propose to serve an area where "at least 15 percent of the households are unserved" by broadband and applications "with the most unserved households will be processed first." The Secretary also announced Federal Register publication of interim rule about the program including USDA's minimum level of acceptable broadband service it expects applicants to provide. Comments on the rule are due September 28th.

Self-sufficiency funding available
HUD has set an August 31st deadline for public & tribal housing authorities, public & private institutions of higher education and private non-profit organizations to apply for grants of up to $738,000 under the Resident Opportunity - Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program. HUD expects to award $34 million to 110 grants under the program this year. The program enables eligible applicants to hire Service Coordinators to assess the needs of public and Indian housing residents and link them to supportive services that enable participants to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency and, in the case of elderly or disable residents, to provide supportive services to age/remain in-place thereby avoiding more costly forms of care. For more, see FR-5900-N-05

Revitalizing Main Street
HUD has set an August 27th deadline for units of local government of communities that have no more than 50,000 residents and that is served by a local public housing authority that has no more than 100 public housing units to apply for a grant of up to $500,000 under its HOPE VI Main Street Revitalization Program. HUD expects to award only one such grant this year. The program is designed to help smaller communities revitalize their Main Street areas in "historic or traditional" business district by "replacing unoccupied commercial space in buildings with affordable housing." Funds may not be used for general infrastructure or commercial development. For more, see FR-5900-N-O3

Association of Washington Cities announces 2015 Municipal Excellence Awards to Wenatchee for public engagement, Marysville for emergency management, Kennewick for innovative cost savings, Orting for small city successes and Kenmore for "coolest" city hall. . .USDA awards $1.4 million Community Connect grant to Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative to provide high-speed Internet service in Point Hope area of Alaska. . .Telling Register Guard that "a lot of the ability for youth aging out of foster care to become stable is wrapped around being able to find stable housing." NEDCO has acquired & now begun renovation a 12-unit, 69-year-old Eugene Oregon apartment building for young people who, at 18, are leaving foster care. . .Seattle Washington Housing Authority wins $678,000 Kresge Foundation grant to "infuse" the revitalizing Yesler Terrace neighborhood with art. . .Rasmuson Foundation awards $7.6 million in Tier II grants, including grants to Bean's Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska and for new playgrounds in Metlakatla & Yakutat, Alaska. . .City of Cornelius, Oregon okays, says Oregonian, CDBG funds to build park & play area in neighborhood that currently doesn't have one. . .VA breaks ground, reports The Columbian, for Freedoms Path, 50-units of affordable housing supported with HUD VASH funding for homeless, disabled or at-risk veterans on the Vancouver, Washington campus of Portland's VA medical center. . .Washington State University, the University of Oregon & Portland State University win $1 million each from EPA to study effects on climate change on indoor air quality. . Newly-formed community land trust in Bend, Oregon tells The Bulletin it hopes to build 20 homes for ""working class residents who are willing to embrace the energy-efficient lifestyle". . .City of Langley & Langley Main Street Association, the Port Townsend Co-Lab, Camas First Friday, the Vancouver Downton Association, Claim Clothing of Ellensburg, Airways Brewing of Kent Orchard Corsets of Wenatchee, Sustainable Connections of Bellingham, Historic Prosser Association's downtown façade program, Coupeville's Penn Cove Musselfest, downtown Langley's Monsters on Machines retail promotion strategy and Ellensburg Downtown Association win 2015 Excellence on Main Awards from Washington Main Street. . .Nearly 400 Northwest buildings - 17 each in Alaska & Idaho, 118 in Oregon & 240 in Washington - sign-up to compete in EPA's Energy Star Building Challenge. . .Tacoma Housing Authority opens rental assistance waiting list for first time since 2013. . .Portland City Council votes unanimously, says Oregonian, to acquire downtown parcel that as a likely new spot for the Right 2 Dream Too homeless" encampment. . .Port of Port Angeles, Washington, says Governor Inslee, wins $2 million U.S. Economic Development Administration to retrofit building as home of Composites Recycling Technology Center that will create some 111 jobs "converting composite waste materials from our state's advanced manufacturers into innovative new products".

What "works" for homeless families
In a typical year some 150,000 American families seek emergency shelter just for a night or a week or a month or even longer to have roof over their heads. HUD wanted to know more about which of the tools at its disposal and the "interventions" or services it could provide which most contributed to a family's success and, ultimately, to providing them with more than just a roof over their heads, but a place they could really call home. Recently-published "short-term" results from a HUD Family Options Study have given a pretty clear, if somewhat preliminary answer - Housing Choice Rental Vouchers. Families in the studies with vouchers were less likely than those who didn't have them to re-enter homelessness or have more periods of housing instability. Their children didn't have from school to school as much. And compared to families who stayed in the emergency shelter system the families with vouchers experienced less food instability, domestic violence, stress and separation from their children or their partners. HUD will now see, said HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development & Research Kathy O'Regan, if those same results hold true over the long-term.

Secretary Castro reflects on his rookie year
"One year ago this week I had the honor of being sworn-in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As you can imagine, it wasn't easy to leave behind a city I cherish, a job I loved, and so many family and friends. But I felt compelled to take on this new role because opportunity shouldn't be a luxury. Because every American deserves a chance to share in and contribute to our nation's prosperity. Because when we invest in people, we invest in our future. And because our nation cannot afford to limit any person's potential in this increasingly competitive 21st century global economy. . .Every one of our 8,000 employees should take pride in knowing that before we shutoff our computers, turn off the lights and leave the office today, we're going to help a person get off the streets and into housing. We're going to work with local leaders to create strong neighborhoods. We're going to help spark economic growth — whether it's building a house on a construction site, installing solar panels on a rooftop, or improving a city's infrastructure. And we're going to come back tomorrow morning, turn the lights and computers back on, get to work and make a difference once again." - - Remarks of Secretary Julián Castro in remarks prepared for delivery to HUD employees on the one-year anniversary of becoming Secretary, July 27, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Will a new HUD Rule give Seattle - and other cities - a new look?
"If the HUD rule" on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing " accomplish what they are designed to do, how will Seattle look different, in 10 years, in 15 years?," - Ross Reynolds, KUOW's The Record. "Rainier Beach will no longer be the worst lakeside community in all of King County. It is the worst, by look and feel. It is the worst. This would not happen in Kirkland. Would not happen in Bellevue. It did not happen in the North End. It only happened in Seattle because the people in Seattle didn't give a doggone. And now they have to. Good intentions fail kids and families and that is wrong. I'm glad we have this rule because it means we've drawn the line in the sand and we no longer tolerate people saying all the right things and then allowing bad things to happen to people because they are poor or because they look different. Or on a racial basis or because they worship another faith." - Ron Sims, former King County Executive and HUD Deputy Secretary, July 0th, "If the HUD rules accomplish what they are designed to do, how will Seattle look different, in 10 years, in 15 years?," - Ross Reynolds, KUOW's The Record. "Rainier Beach will no longer be the worst lakeside community in all of King County. It is the worst, by look and feel. It is the worst. This would not happen in Kirkland. Would not happen in Bellevue. It did not happen in the North End. It only happened in Seattle because the people in Seattle didn't give a doggone. And now they have to. Good intentions fail kids and families and that is wrong. I'm glad we have this rule because it means we've drawn the line in the sand and we no longer tolerate people saying all the right things and then allowing bad things to happen to people because they are poor or because they look different. Or on a racial basis or because they worship another faith." - Ron Sims, former King County Executive and HUD Deputy Secretary, July 0th, The Record, KUOW, Seattle, Washington, KUOW, Seattle, Washington, during a conversation about HUD's publication the day before of a Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

On the criminalization of homelessness
"One of the underlying premises of our research is that visible poverty makes people uncomfortable. Regrettably, we often use the law to purge visibly poor people from public space. As long as we pretend that homelessness is a problem that should be addressed through the criminal justice system, we are not really addressing the root problems of homelessness and poverty." - Seattle University Professor Sara Rankin, faculty director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project on the May 6, 2015 release of a Project study which reported that since 2000 communities in Washington State "have enacted laws that create over 288 new ways to punish visibly poor people for surviving in public space."

HMMM. . .
"Following the misdemeanor arrest of two homeless people in Portland," Oregon "for using an outdoor power outlet to charge their phones, Salvation Army workers have set up a cellphone charging station." - The Associated Press, July 30th.

Oregon Volunteers! Sets August 2nd deadline to submit nominations for 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards. . .Portland Housing Bureau sets August 10th deadline to respond to $924,000 street engagement request-for- proposals. . .Meyer Memorial Trust issues $900,000 request-for-proposals by August 14th for projects of up to $75,000 over two years to "better align" affordable housing to services that contribute "to resident stability and success". . .FEMA sets August 23rd deadline for Tribes and local governments (through their state government) to apply for up to 100 grants totaling $30 million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants & $150 million in Flood Mitigation Grants. . .HUD sets August 26th deadline for fair housing organizations to apply for grants of between $324,000 and $1 million under Fair Housing Initiatives Program to advance Fair Housing Act through education, outreach & enforcement. . .HUD sets August 27th deadline to for communities under 50,000 residents with housing authority of less than 100 public housing units to apply for HOPE VI Main Street Revitalization funding. .Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (which now serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington) sets August 31st deadline to submit nominations for 2015 Strong Communities Awards that will honor one urban & one rural community that "demonstrate the value" that communities "derive from small business and economic development projects" supported by the Bank. . .HUD sets August 31st deadline for tribal & public housing authorities to apply for grants of up to $738,000 under Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency program. . .HUD sets September 4th deadline to comment on FHA's proposed rule establishing deadline for lenders to file claims against FHA. . .Oregon Housing & Community Services sets September 4th deadline to apply for $28 million in Multifamily Housing Gap Closing Assistance funds. . .ARCH - A Regional Coalition for Housing - sets September 9th deadline to apply for capital funds to serve the homeless. . .King County Department of Human & Community Services sets September 10th deadline to apply for capital funds to serve the homeless. . .City of Seattle Office of Housing sets September 14th deadline to apply for capital funds to serve the homeless. . .King County Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing sets September 22nd deadline to apply for Operating Support, Rental Assistance & Supportive Services fund. . .HUD sets September 28th deadline to submit public comments on selection process for upcoming 3rd round Promise Zones competition. . .USDA Rural Utilities Service sets September 28th deadline to comment on interim rural broadbanding rule and September 30th deadline to apply for loans & loan guarantees to expand broadband coverage, especially in rural area with 15 percent or more households not currently being served. . .Washington State Housing Finance sets October 5th to 7th for Housing Washington Conference in Spokane & Idaho Housing & Finance sets October 6th & 7th for 2015 Idaho Housing Conference in Boise. . .Oregon Housing & Community Services sets December 31st deadline to apply for $9 million under its Manufactured Dwelling Parks Preservation Program.


Portland Housing Bureau & Portland Development Commission hold public hearing on City's Housing Set-Aside Policy, August 4th, Portland, Oregon.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians hosts Tribal Energy & Technology Summit, August 11th to 13th, Portland., Oregon

HUD Northwest hosts Basics of Fair Housing Webinar, August 12the, on-line. Space limited.

HUD Seattle hosts workshop on HUD's Lead Safe Rule & EPA's Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule, August 11th & 12th, Seattle, Washington.

HUD Seattle hosts Healthy Homes Symposium, August 12th & 13th, Seattle, Washington.

HUD Boise hosts HUD-SBA Small Business Town Hall, August 18th, Twin Falls, Idaho.

HUD Alaska Office of Native American Programs & Association of Alaska Housing Authorities host NAHASDA Essential Workshop, August 18th to 20th, Anchorage, Alaska.

HUD Boise hosts HUD-SBA Small Business Town Hall, August 19th, Nampa, Idaho

HUD Boise hosts HUD-SBA Small Business Town Hall, August 19th, Boise, Idaho.

King County Regional Veterans Initiative & King County committee to End Homelessness launch Operation Welcome One Home campaign, August 10th, Seattle, Washington.

Alaska Municipal League hosts summer conference, August 19th to 21st, Ketchikan, Alaska.

Oregon AHMA hosts workshop on Basic Landlord Tenant Law for Affordable Housing Providers, August 19th, Salem, Oregon.

Oregon AHMA hosts workshop on Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century, August 25th, Lincoln City, Oregon.

Oregon AHMA hosts workshop on Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century, August 26th, Salem, Oregon.

Oregon AHMA hosts workshop on Practical Fair Housing in the 21st Century, August 28th, Redmond, Oregon

Portland Housing Bureau & Portland Development Commission hold public hearing on City's Housing Set-Aside Policy, September 1st, Portland, Oregon.

HUD hosts 2015 FHEO National Training & Policy Conference, September 1st to 3rd, Washington, D.C.

HUD's Office of Housing Counseling hosts Webinar on U.S. Small Business Administration disaster recovery programs, September 8th, on-line.

King County Office of Civil Rights hosts All About Service Animals workshop, September 10th, Seattle, Washington.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians hold annual fall conference, September 14th & 15th, Spokane, Washington.

Oregon AHMA hosts Certified Professional of Occupancy training, September 15th to 17th, Salem, Oregon.

Idaho Nonprofit Center hosts 12th annual Idaho Statewide Nonprofit Conference, September 15th & 16th, Boise, Idaho.

Washington Association of REALTORS hosts fall business conference, September 16th to 18th, Wenatchee, Washington.

Oregon Opportunity Network hosts annual Fall Industry Conference, September 22nd, Portland, Oregon.

Annual Idaho Heritage Conference, September 22nd to 24th, Moscow, Idaho.

Oregon League of Cites hosts 90th annual conference, September 24th to 26th, Bend, Oregon.

Oregon Association of REALTORS hosts fall business conference, September 29th to October 2nd, Bend, Oregon.

HUD Seattle hosts Continuum of Care Recipient Conference, September 30th, Vancouver, Washington.

Idaho Association of REALTORS hosts annual business conference, September 30th to October 3rd, Sun Valley, Idaho.

Alaska Association of REALTORS hosts annual conference, September 29th to October 3rd, Homer, Alaska.


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