Northwest HUD Lines
October 2014

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

! ! ! HAPPY NEW (fiscal) YEAR ! ! !


"There's so much you get out of living in a small community because it takes all of you. It takes the lumberman. It takes the Forest Service. It takes the doc, it takes all of us. to make the community a whole community and you know all those people. By the same token what that means is that you can go to four funerals in a week. . .At that time, especially in those first few days, there wasn't time. I did not stop moving. I did not stop seeking information. And I did not stop talking to people, whether it was our Governor, whether it was media, whether it was individuals and citizens in our community. I had to make sure that, that things weren't falling through the cracks, people weren't falling through the cracks. But you still don't feel like you've done enough. And before this slide I would spend probably six to fifteen hours a week as Mayor. I was dedicated to the community and this valley but I also had to work. I had a very physical job. I ran a sawmill. And my life now is meetings, sitting behind a desk and making phone calls. This is my life now." - - Dan Rankin, born and raised and now the Mayor of Darrington, a town of 1,400 about 12 miles west of where what is now known as the "Oso mudslide" killed 43 of his friends and neighbors about six months ago, on what it's all meant in his life for the Voices of Oso project, a collaboration between KUOW and KCTS-TV. For more, visit


Unfortunately, Mayor Dan Rankin of Darrington is not alone. Every year, thousands of people in hundreds of places see their lives disrupted, their dreams and their friends and neighbors because of natural disasters of the sort that befell Oso. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 alone, more than 40 governmental subdivisions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington experienced disasters and, like Mayor Darrington, those elected and appointed to serve those communities didn't "stop moving" for days or weeks or months. When they finally did get a chance to stop or, at least, slow down, there was probably one question uppermost in their minds - what can I do to try to make sure this doesn't happen to my community again? There's no such thing, obviously, as being 100 percent safe against earthquakes or wildfires or severe floods or huge storm systems. But there are things that can be done to reduce risks, minimize damage, improve a community's odds. Which is exactly the point of the National Disaster Resilience Competition opened by HUD on September 17th that will award almost $1 billion to help communities that were part of Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to take the steps to " build back stronger and better prepared for the future." If you serve one of these communities, it's a competition you need to know more about. Lives, obviously, may depend on it. For more, visit here.

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Where are the final 2015 Fair Market Rents? According to HUD's Policy Development & Research staff, "The Federal Register Notice of the FY 2015 FMRs will be published on Friday, October 3, 2014. The document will be placed on public display on October 2, 2014 and may be reviewed at" HUD will make the official publication available below following the publication in the Federal Register." They are effective as of October 1, 2014.


Recent UW Tacoma graduates Jeremy and Melissa Olsen have lots to celebrate including the fact that, earlier this summer, they became the 50,000th homebuyers helped to purchase a home by Washington Housing Finance Commission. . .State of Alaska completes sale of $31 million in bonds to finance loan to Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium open 170-room center to house patients traveling from remote areas to Anchorage for medical care, reports Alaska Dispatch, more than half of the 143,000 native Alaskans the Consortium serves. . .Northeast Oregon Housing Authority breaks ground, says LaGrange Observer, for 78-unit, $7.1 million Blue Springs Crossing in Island City. . .HUD awards just over $5 million to 37 housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington to hire or retain Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinators to connect residents to training and job opportunities and, says HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Bill Block, "take charge of their financial futures". . .Alaska Housing Finance breaks ground for 70-unit Ridgeline Terrace affordable housing in Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage. . .Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau elected to her first term as president of RurALCAP's board of directors. . .Portland Housing Bureau awards $1.7 million to REACH CDC to acquire & preserve 64-unit Allen-Fremont Plaza in northeast Portland. . .The Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions celebrates its 20th birthday. . .The Meyer Memorial Trust's Affordable Housing Initiative is at it again - thank goodness! - awarding more than $533,000 to support the affordable housing activities of 13 organizations - Community Action in Ontario, Home Forward, Oregon Opportunity Network, HACSA, the Housing Authority of Jackson County, the Marion County Housing Authority, Mercy Corps Northwest, Multifamily NW, the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Oregon Law Center, CASA of Oregon and Neighborhood Partnerships.


When it comes to Promise Zones, HUD Secretary Castro not only talks, but walks the talk. No wonder. During his three terms as Mayor of San Antonio, his city was one of the very first designated by HUD as a Promise Zone. The experience gave him, he explains, a unique appreciation for the talent, passion and the vision that local leaders offer when working to turn their communities around." Which is why, on September 19th, Secretary Castro was so pleased to join Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Transportation Secretary Foxx & Education Secretary Duncan to announce the opening of a competition to designate a new round of Promise Zones. The competition's pretty straightforward. Communities - urban, rural or tribal - are expected to "put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity." If designated, a community will "receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives." Applications are due November 21st. For more, visit here.


HUD has begun accepting applications for 2014 Continuum of Care funding of approximately $1.8 billion with all applications due October 30th. The funding is designed to "designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house the homeless while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness." For more, see FR-5800-N-30 at


The Portland Housing Bureau has set October 24th as the deadline to respond to a request-for-proposals to "increase access to housing for individuals or families experiencing homelessness or housing instability." Up to $750,000 is available for the first 18 months of a project with $500,000 per year after that "depending on program outcomes." Eligible activities include outreach, housing placement and rent assistance. For more, visit


The Environmental Protection Agency has set a December 15th deadline for non-profits, tribal governments and tribally-recognized organizations to apply for a total of $1.2 million under the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program to fund "projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community." EPA anticipates funding four grants of up to $30,000 each in each of its 10 regions. For more, visit EPA-OECA-OEJ-15-01 at


Living Access Support Alliance(LASA)& Tacoma Housing Authority break ground for 15-unit Prairie Oaks supportive housing and new LASA client service center. . .In partnership with Home Forward, Catholic Charities purchases one-acre park in southeast Portland from St. Francis Parish for development of affordable housing. . .Patricia Harris Manor in Redmond & Carriage Court in Canby among 39 HUD-assisted properties nationwide to win HUD Multifamily Service Coordinator grants. . .Portland Housing Bureau awards $13.1 million to NAYA, PCRI, REACH CDC, Central City Concern & Catholic Charities fund the production or preservation of nearly 300 units of affordable housing. . .USDA awards Rural Business Enterprise grants to Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to create economic development plan for its water resources & Coeur d'Alene Tribe to expand broadband access for tribal businesses & residents. . .Chair Jeana Woolley stepping down after 9 years on Oregon State Housing Policy Board as Governor Kitzhaber nominates and Legislature okays Marissa Madrigal to join Board and Aubre Dickson named its new chairperson. . .Kitsap Habitat for Humanity, SunWest Bank and City kick-off Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in Bremerton. . .King County Housing Authority completes sale of last 54 market-rate homeownership parcels at Seola Gardens. . .Congresswoman DelBene & King County Executive Dow Constantine cut ribbon for Velocity Village, Imagine Housing's 13th affordable housing community in Kirkland. . .REACH CDC acquires Tower Square apartments in Washiougal, says Columbian, with plans to rehab and preserve. . .Guiding Star celebrates grand opening of 11-unit "first-of-a-kind" Scholeff-McRae Veterans Villa in Haines. . .Mayor Murray & Seattle City Council establish 28-member Housing Affordability &Livability Advisory Committee to address says Times, Seattle's "housing affordability crisis".


HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs have made another significant investment in helping insure the President's goal of ending veteran homelessness in 2015 is achieved. They've just announced the award of an additional 9,006 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers nationwide - including 678 more VASH vouchers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The almost 20 percent increase in VASH vouchers in the Northwest and Alaska. The VASH program will now be able to offer permanent, affordable housing to 4,126 homeless veterans in the region throughthe Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Idaho Housing & Finance Association and housing authorities in Boise and Pocatello in Idaho, Portland, Eugene, Albany, Salem, Medford, Klamath, Hillsboro, Warrenton , La Grande and North Bend in Oregon, and Seattle, Tacoma, King County, Spokane, Olympia, Vancouver, Bellingham, Everett, Longview, Wenatchee and Walla Walla. With the awards, HUD is now funding 226 VASH vouchers in Alaska, 240 in Idaho, 1,460 in Oregon and 2,200 in Washington. The additional vouchers , said HUD Secretary Castro, "will continue to help communities build on "efforts which have reduced "homelessness among veterans by a third in just four years."


Yep, HUD's Community Development Block Grant program just turned 40. But it's not showing signs of age and, to the contrary, appears nimble as ever. The Washington Department of Commerce recently announced the award of $9.5 million in CDBG funds to 15 rural cities and counties across the state. The range of activities is impressive. Aberdeen is using CDBG to renovate a facility for the homeless, Chelan County to expand a fire station and Yakima County to build a new one and Grandview is improving neighborhood streets. Ellensburg and Whatcom County are supporting housing programs and the cities of Kittitas and Kettle Falls are upgrading their libraries. And Mabton, North Bonneville, South Bend, Springdale, Toledo, Tonasket and Toppenish are using CDBG for water or sewer system upgrades. For 40 years, says Commerce director Brian Bonlender, "CDBG program has provided flexible funding that allows communities to afford necessary improvements and thrive." Here's to another 40!


Way back when you were in elementary school you learned that zero is neither negative nor positive. It's neutral. Except these days in Oregon City where REACH CDC has just begun construction of The Orchards at Oremco Station. When completed next year, it will be the largest "passive" multifamily complex anywhere in the 50 states. Which, of course, makes it a positive, both in-and-of-itself and as a model for others to follow in addressing climate change. For more, visit here.

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Remember - you heard it here first! Had it not been dinosaurs, the sustained and successful revitalization of Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood might never have happened. Well, "sort of" and, even, maybe "not really." But dinosaurs and other wild-and-crazy have had at least a little bit to do with it. See how!


If you put all the housing units receiving rent subsidies from HUD in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state - public housing, project-based units & tenant-based units -in one place you would end up with the third most-populous community in the Northwest - behind Seattle and Portland and just ahead of Anchorage. Sounds like a huge inventory of affordable housing, huh? But what's true in the rest of the country is true in the Northwest - the demand for affordable housing far outpaces the supply. Two excellent pieces of recent radio reporting offer a glimpse at the state of affordable housing in our region. Chris Salamone, director of planning for the City of Bellevue tells KUOW in Seattle about why expanding the inventory is so "daunting" a challenge at such a challenge at And Jefferson Public Radio talks about why finding affordable housing in Bend is so "daunting," especially for those who can barely afford even that at


Family Promise unveils plans to open day shelter to provide up to 15 homeless Spokane families "a personal spot to go to during the day" says Spokesman Review. . .At request of Oregon Housing & Community Services, Legislature's "E-Board" okays additional $659,000 to support housing counseling to households at risk of foreclosure. . .Downtown Emergency Service Center breaks ground, reports KING5, to transform "old parking lot" in Seattle's Interbay area into 97 housing units for "Seattle's most vulnerable -- people with severe mental illness and addiction issues". . .After 15 years of helping establish land trusts as effective affordable housing tool & helping 186 families buy their first homes, Sheldon Cooper says he's stepping down as executive director of Seattle's Homestead Community Land Trust. . .King County Housing Authority starts $1.4 million renovation of 30-unit Riverton Terrace in Tukwila. . .Eugene City Council unanimously extends agreement for Opportunity Village - a "model community" of tiny houses for the homeless - to operate on city land until mid-2016, says Register Guard. . .LIHI "tops off" 50-unit Cheryl Chow Court project for the elderly in Ballard. . .Portland Housing Bureau orders developer of 281-unit high-rise apartment in Pearl District to sell land because, says Oregonian, project failed to meet its affordable housing goals. . .HUD okays Snohomish County to re-program CDBG funds to assist recovery from Oso mudslide. . .Cook Inlet Housing Authority celebrates grand opening of Coronado Park Senior Housing in Eagle River. . .Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board awards $1.9 million to support $19 million in private economic revitalization efforts in Clallam, Grant, Jefferson, Spokane & Whatcom counties. . .Beaverton Valley Times says Metro has awarded $350,000 to transit-oriented mixed-used development in Old Town, the first new development in the area, says Mayor Denny Doyle, "in several years".


With engineering and design help from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and funding from HUD under the Native American housing & Self Determination Act, a few weeks back, the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) completed construction of seven new homes in Anaktuvuk Pass and Point Lay, both native Alaskan villages north of the Arctic Circle. And then, the Authority held its breath, waiting to see if they were, as they designed to be, the kind of sustainable, energy-efficient building homes in Alaska need to be. The results are in. Each has earned a 6-star BEES - or Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Wow! It's even Wow-er when you realize that the average home in the North Slope Borough uses more than 859 gallons of heating oil each year. And the new TNAH homes in Point Lay and Anaktuvuk Pass? It's estimated they'll use only 146 gallons per season or, as TNHA rightly and proudly notes, "just 16.29% of the heating oil used by the average North Slope home.!" And now TNHA is on the way to evaluate the new homes it's building in Kaktovik and Nuiqsut To see how they did it, visit


"Medford officials weighing a possible expansion of the city's urban growth boundary to accommodate a projected population increase need to make sure that not all the new housing is out of the reach of lower and middle-income residents. The city has not expanded its urban growth boundary since 1990. Current projections indicate the city's population will grow from 76,000 now to 115,000 in the next 20 years — more than a 50 percent increase. City officials may ask the state to approve adding 1,000 acres for residential construction and 650 acres for commercial development to the 18,000 acres now inside Medford's urban growth boundary. . .One potential beneficiary of a southeast expansion would be Pacific Retirement Services, which. . .has plans for an "active adult community" of housing centered around the golf course. . .The development could include 1,000 residential units. It's a fair bet those dwellings wouldn't be considered "affordable housing." There's nothing wrong with building high-end units overlooking a golf course. But a well-planned city also should accommodate the needs of middle-class residents who need housing they can afford to buy. . .Southern Oregon is known for low wages relative to the rest of the state, and during the housing boom, the gap between average income and the price of the average home grew far too wide. Now that home prices are beginning to bounce back from the depths of the housing crash, this community has an opportunity to encourage affordably priced housing rather than a repeat of the overheated market that preceded the recession." - - The Mail Tribune, Medford, September 18, 2014, "Our View: Expand, but don't neglect affordable housing," For the full editorial, visit


Seattle's Susan Russell knows a lot about life's ups, downs and in-betweens. She used to be a concrete mason and helped build Safeco Field. But then there was a traffic accident and a long period of intermittent, hard-to-find employment. Which meant, reports Mike Wold of Real Change, six years of homelessness. "I couch surfed," she told Mike Wold of Real Change. "I hid from the label" of being homeless. And then she started selling Real Change. "It's reconnected me to society." See how at


"What people don't realize sometimes when they think about people that are homeless they think about someone that has a substance abuse problem, chooses not to work, is living off of the public dole as it may and in reality, certainly the homeless population consists of a lot of different folks but approximately a third of the homeless people are children. And these are children whose parents that or single family homes that can't afford a place to live don't have a place to live, that are going to 6, 7,8 schools a year. And with that kind of lack of continuity those kids really hardly have a chance." - Bryan Butcher, president & chief executive officer of Alaska housing Finance Corporation, September 12th, 2014, KDLG-FM. For the full interview, visit


Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is soliciting public comments on its proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool it proposes that HUD entitlement communities use. Comments are due November 25th. Got views? Don't be shy. Visit


Portland Housing Bureau sets October 24th deadline to respond to request-for-proposals to serve individuals or families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. . .HUD sets October 30th deadline to apply for some $1.8 billion to support "community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness". . .Washington AHMA sets October 31st deadline to submit proposed presentations for its April 2015 annual conference in collaboration with ARHC. . .USDA sets November 12th deadline to apply for grants of up to $250,000 through its Rural Community Development Initiative. . .HUD sets November 21st deadline to apply for designation as a Round II Promise Zone. . .HUD sets November 25th deadline for public comments under Paperwork Reduction Act on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool. . .EPA sets December 15th deadline to apply for Environmental Justice Small Grant Program. . .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. 


HUD hosts Promise Zone Webcast for Urban Stakeholders, on-line, October 1st.

Idaho Association of REALTORS holds annual business conference, October 1st to 4th, Coeur d'Alene. Visit

Washington State Housing Finance Commission hosts 2014 Housing Washington Conference, October 6th to 8th, Tacoma. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 6th, Bend. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities & HUD's Alaska Office of Native American Programs hosts NAHASDA Essentials, October 6th to 8th, Anchorage. **TENTATIVE** Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 7th, Forest Grove. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon CRA Roundtable for community reinvestment officers, October 7th, Portland. Visit

Oregon chapter of American Planning Association hosts Health Community Speaker Series, October 7th, Portland. Visit

HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs hosts Workshop on Needs Assessment for Successful Housing Management, October 8th and 9th, Seattle.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 8th, Portland. Visit

Idaho chapter of American Planning Association holds annual conference, October 8th to 10th, Boise. Visit

Oregon chapter of American Planning Association hosts Healthy Community Speaker Series, October 8th, Salem. Visit

Oregon chapter of American Planning Association hosts Healthy Community Speaker Series, October 9th, Eugene. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 9th, Gresham. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities offers Tribal Council/Board of Commissioners workshop, October 9th & 10th, Anchorage. ** TENTATIVE ** Visit

Oregon chapter of American Planning Association hosts Healthy Community Speaker Series, October 10th, Bend. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 10th, Albany. Visit

NAYA Family Center hosts Housing to Homeownership Fair, October 11th, Portland. Visit

Cascadia Green Building Council hosts 14th annual Central Oregon Green & Solar Tour, October 11th, Central Oregon. Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 13th, Baker City. Visit

Oregon AHMA offers Certified Professional of Occupancy course, October 14th to 16th, Salem. Visit

HUD Seattle hosts Basics of Fair Housing Webinar, October 15th, online.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 15th, North Bend. Visit

HUD Portland hosts a workshop for HUD Family Self Sufficiency Coordinators, October 16th, Portland.

Annual conference of Washington state chapter of American Planning Association, October 16th & 17th, Spokane. Visit

HUD Portland hosts Planning for Livability: A Case Study from Livability Lane, October 17th, Portland.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosts Oregon Prosperity Agenda Stakeholder Forum, October 20th, Roseburg. Visit

HUD hosts Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Planning for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, October 21st online. Visit

King County Office of Civil Rights hosts workshop on Fair Housing 101 for Nonprofit Transitional & Shelter Providers, October 21st, Seattle. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities & HUD Alaska Office of Native American Programs host workshop on Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report Training, October 28th & 29th, Anchorage. ** TENTATIVE ** Visit

Oregon AHMA offers workshop on Maintaining RD Compliance, October 28th &29th, Salem.

HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs hosts Self-Monitoring Training workshop, October 29th & 30th, Seattle.

EcoDistricts host EcoDistricts for Practitioners workshop, October 29th, Portland. Visit

Alaska Association of Housing Authorities and Alaska Office of Native American Programs host Workshop on Financial Management Basics for Small Tribes, October 29th & 30th, Anchorage. Visit

Washington State Human Rights Commission hosts Fair Housing Workshop, October 30th, Spokane. Visit

Idaho Housing & Finance Association hosts presentation on "placemaking" by Fred Kent, November 5th, Coeur d'Alene. Visit

Alaska Chapter of American Planning Association holds annual conference, November 16th to 18th, Anchorage. Visit

Alaska Municipal League holds annual local government conference, November 17th to 21st, Anchorage. Visit

HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs hosts Admission & Occupancy workshop, November 17th to 19th, Seattle.

Washington State Association of Counties holds annual conference of county leaders, November 19th to 21st, Clark county. Visit

King County Office of Civil Rights offers Intro to Fair Housing at 9 a.m. & Advanced Fair Housing at 1 p.m., November 19th, Seattle.

Association of Alaska Housing Authorities & HUD's Alaska Office of Native American Programs host Developing Alaskan Sustainable Housing workshop, November 20th & 21st, Anchorage. Visit

Oregon AHMA hosts Creating Great Customer Relationships workshop, November 19th, Salem.

HUD's Northwest Office of Native American Programs hosts Trends in Construction workshop, November 20th & 21st, Seattle.

Oregon AHMA hosts TRACS 202D workshop, November 21st, Salem. Visit


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