Community Aquifer Protection Assistance (CAPA) Program
The CAPA Program ended December 31, 2013 after nearly 23 years of sewer installation. Since 1990 a total of 882 Capital Facilities Rate Grants were provided and 703 connection loans were arranged for low income Spokane County homeowners.
The Housing and Community Development Division administers the Community Aquifer Protection Assistance (CAPA) Program which provides grants and/or zero-interest loans to eligible low-income homeowners to help with paying the costs of connecting their homes to the county's centralized sewer system.
This assistance is available only to eligible homeowners within previously defined "sewer basins" which are currently under construction, have been recently completed, or are slated for construction in the following year.
Zero-interest loans are provided to eligible low-income participants to pay the costs of connecting their homes to the sewer. Grants are additionally provided to eligible very-low-income homeowners to pay the Capital Facilities Rate (CFR) levied against their property in connection with the installation of sewer mains.
Capital Facilities Rate (CFR) and Connection Assistance
Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) are appropriated annually to Spokane County by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are administered through the County’s Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department. Subject to the availability of federal funds, CDBG funds are used to assist eligible homeowners in the County Sewer Project areas with the costs of Capital Facilities Rate (CFR) and/or connection of residences to the centralized system.
This assistance may help pay for side sewer connections for eligible low-income and moderate-income homeowners and Capital Facilities Rate (CFR) for eligible low-income homeowners. This financial assistance will be provided in the form of grants for Capital Facilities Rate (CFR), which never have to be repaid and deferred loans for side sewer connections. Deferred loans become due when the ownership on the house changes or the home is refinanced.
To request information on the CAPA Program contact Christy Jeffers at (509) 477-4490.
Spokane County assures that grants will be conducted and administered in compliance with title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d), the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601-3620), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Executive Orders 11063, 11625, 12138, 12432 and 12892, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), the Americans with Disabilities Act (title II) and implementing regulations.