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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 22, 2007
Connie Rivera, Capital Finance Manager, 360-709-3003
Dwight Edwards, Community Housing Program Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Affordable and Homeless Housing Grants Available

OLYMPIA –Interested parties are invited to apply for approximately $600,000 in Affordable Housing (HB 2060) and Homeless Housing (HB 2163) funding for 2007.  Up to $400,000 will be available for capital projects, while up to $200,000 will be available for project/program operating costs. 

Funds must be used to produce or preserve long-term affordable and/or homeless housing in Thurston County for low-income residents.  Projects must be eligible activities that support permanent or rental housing, property acquisition, housing rehabilitation, new construction, or projects that assist homeless persons and families.  Priority in funding will be given to projects that:

  • Reduce the number of homeless individuals.
  • Benefit the unincorporated and rural areas of the county.
  • Leverage additional project funds and resources.
  • Meet and are consistent with the mission and goals of the HOME Consortium.

Applicants must be towns, cities or nonprofit organizations within Thurston County , and for-profit developers who provide affordable housing in accordance with HB 2060 and HB 2163.  Submission deadline for proposals is Friday, February 23, 2007.

Qualified parties must submit one original and four copies of the proposal to:

Thurston County  
Office of Program and Budget Development
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia , WA .  98502-6054
Attention:  Dwight Edwards
Community Housing Program Coordinator

An application workshop will be conducted on Monday, January 29, 2007 from 10:00 – 12:00 at the Thurston County Courthouse (Building 1- Room 152) to review the application and answer questions.  Those planning to attend should contact Dwight Edwards (360-709-3003) to reserve a space.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3