Affordable Housing Program (HOME)
HOME is the centerpiece program of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA), officially entitled the HOME Investment Partnerships Act.
Each year the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department receives a formula allocation of HOME funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The HOME Program is intended to achieve three specific goals; To expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing with primary focus on housing for low, very low, and extremely low-income families; strength the ability of local governments to design and implement strategies for achieving adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing;and encourage public, private, and non-profit partnerships to address affordable housing needs.
Affordable Housing Trust Fund (Substitute House Bill 2060)
On April 30, 2002, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners authorized the Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department to administer funds generated through Substitute House Bill 2060. A recording fee of $10 is charged by the County Auditor for every document recorded. 60% of the revenue generated is retained by the County to further affordable housing. Projects must serve individuals and families at 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The remaining 40% of the revenue generated is transferred to the State for affordable housing projects that serve individuals and families at or below 30% AMI.
The County is interested in identifying and examining unique approaches that would serve to maximize flexibility and create additional opportunities for those in the housing industry.
These funds will be allocated through a competitive application process by Spokane County. Please contact Richard Culton at (509) 477-4487 for more information on the Affordable Housing Program.
Download the HOME Income Limits and HOME Program Rents. Income Limits effective as of May 1, 2014 Rent Limits effective May 1, 2014.
Please note: The County does not own or manage affordable housing properties and therefore cannot offer assistance directly to individuals under the Affordable Housing Program (AHP). Our investment of AHP funding is allocated through a competitive process to owners, sponsors, or developers of affordable housing. Please check for available affordable housing units at: http://www.housingsearchnw.org/ or contact 2-1-1 for referrals on housing options.
Affordable Housing Program Request for Proposals- CLOSED
Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department is seeking proposals for multi-family rental projects that increase and/or preserve the supply of permanent supportive affordable housing units serving extremely low (30% of Area Median Income) and very-low income households (below 50% of Area Median Income). An estimated $750,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $1,400,000 in SHB2060 funding will be available for developing or preserving affordable rental housing.
The AHP Program Application, Guidelines and Spreadsheets are available on our web site at http://www.spokanecounty.org/communitysvcs/HCD/content.aspx?c=2219 or via e-mail request at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Monday March 10, 2014. Completed applications are due on Friday, April 11, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Program Guidelines to Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department, Fourth Floor, 312 W. 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204. E-mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Spokane County is interested in receiving proposals that provide, to the greatest extent possible, permanent rental units serving households at or below thirty percent (30%) of Area Median Income (AMI) for Spokane County through: 1) Acquisition with or without rehabilitation of existing multifamily rental properties. Properties being considered for acquisition using HOME funds must be built after 1978, and will be subject to requirements set forth under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended. Applications may also include rehabilitation costs as part of the project proposal; 2) New construction of multi-family rental housing units; and 3) Rehabilitation of existing multi-family rental units.
Priority will be given to projects located in cities and towns within Spokane County that seek federal HOME funds, generally excluding the City of Spokane, and to projects providing permanent housing serving populations with special needs, such as homeless persons and persons with disabilities. Acquisition projects located within the City of Spokane may be considered for County HOME funds, subject to the Department’s consultation with the City of Spokane Community, Housing and Human Services Department. County HOME funds may only be invested in projects located in the City of Spokane that increase the supply of affordable housing units for extremely low-income, high-priority special-needs populations as defined in our 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan and that serve both City and County residents.
Preference will be given to 2060 applications that elect to participate in the County’s Re-entry Initiative program (REI) by providing set-asides in projects located in the County (outside the City of Spokane). Participation and set-asides do not have to be part of the project the 2060 application is for as these projects may be located in the City of Spokane.
Spokane County intends to attract affordable housing proposals that are highly viable, cost effective, project ready (completed within 12-18 months), and that leverage additional funding from public and private sources.
For assistance in accessing the application and related forms, please contact the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department at 477-2588.
A few Projects funded by Spokane County's Affordable Housing Program
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan
As part of the jurisdiction's obligation to affirmatively further fair housing, the jurisdiction must undertake the completion of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice as well as a Fair Housing Plan. This document will summarized both the analysis completed by the County as well as the strategies developed to address the barriers to housing choice.
HUD has included a wide array of potential issues under the umbrella of "impediments to fair housing choice." An impediment restricts housing choice for persons who are part of a federally protected classification.
HUD defines an impediment to fair housing choice as any action, omission or decision in a jurisdiction:
- Taken because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin that restricts housing choice or the availability of housing choice;
- That constitutes a violation, or potential violation, of the Fair Housing Act;
- That is counterproductive to fair housing choice, such as community resistance when minorities, persons with disabilities and /or low-income persons first move into white and/or moderate income areas, or resistance to the siting of housing facilities for persons with disabilities; or
- That has the effect of restricting housing opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.
Fair Housing Links