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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 17, 2007
Connie Rivera, Capital Finance Manager, 360-709-3003
Dwight Edwards, Community Housing Program Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Affordable Housing Proposals Sought by County

Olympia- Thurston County is soliciting housing development proposals from non-profit and for-profit organizations that will create affordable housing units for homeless households and low income families in the County.  Proposals will be accepted for capital projects and services that support the proposed project.  Projects must be for acquisition and/or development of new units, the preservation of existing housing units, the conversion of non-residential buildings to housing use, or any combination thereof. 

Thurston County will select proposals that are consistent with the goals established in the county's 2003-2007 Consolidated Plan and Ten-Year Homeless Plan. Preference will be given to projects that leverage the funds to be awarded through this process by combining these funds with money from other sources, including but not limited to the State Housing Trust Fund. 

The Thurston County HOME Consortium (comprised of Thurston County and the incorporated cities and towns of Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia , Rainier , Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm) guides use of federal housing funds and local housing funds.  This request for proposals is for the awarding of Affordable and Homeless Housing funds only. 

Thurston County anticipates awarding up to $1.4 million of funding generated by the Affordable Housing Program (RCW 36.22.178) and Homeless Housing Program (RCW 36.22.179).  This funding is provided by the Washington State Legislature's passage of three major housing bills that dedicate surcharges on fees for recording documents to programs that address the need for affordable housing and reduction of homelessness.  The county reserves the right not to award all funds this funding cycle, depending on the quality of proposals received and the availability of funds.

Additional terms and conditions:

  • All projects must serve very low-income persons or households. 
  • Successful applicants are required to adhere to HUD's Fair Housing Act standards and State laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship as set forth at RCW 59.18.
  • Housing projects must adhere to and meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and Thurston County 's Housing Property Standards.
  • Development fees may not exceed 5% of the funding award.
  • Successful applicants will provide an annual performance report to the county through the affordability period.
  • Thurston County reserves the right to negotiate additional terms and conditions as deemed appropriate based on the nature of the proposal.

The submission of a Letter of Intent is required as part of the proposal submission process.  The letter will serve notice that an organization plans to apply for funding.  The purpose of the notice is to identify the number of proposals that may be submitted and to determine if the county needs to make additional efforts to solicit more proposals.  The Letter of Intent must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2007. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 P.M., Friday January 11, 2008.

Those who would like a proposal packet or who need more information should contact Dwight Edwards, Community Housing Program Coordinator, at 360-709-3003


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3