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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Contact:
Connie Rivera, Capital Finance Manager, 360-709-3065

Thurston County Seeks Applicants for Low Income Housing Grants


OLYMPIA – Thurston County officials are seeking qualified applicants to receive HOME or HB2060 funds.  The HOME Action Plan for FY2005 (September 2005-August 2006) has set aside $62,421 for emergent issues that meet HOME funding criteria.  The county also administers HB2060 funds for operating and maintenance of low-income housing projects.

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners outlined their plan to utilize HOME funding to further the vision of reducing homelessness in Thurston County by 50%.  This vision continues into the FY2005 Program Year.  The priorities are to assist very low-income residents of Thurston County with affordable housing options, with emphasis on reaching those who are the most vulnerable--the homeless, mentally ill, and at-risk youth. 

To apply for funding, an organization must be non-profit and the proposal must principally benefit low and moderate-income persons. HB2060 funding can be used for the following activities:

  • Acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing projects that are affordable to low-income persons at or below 50% of the area median,
  • Support for building, operation and maintenance costs of low-income housing projects,
  • Providing Rental Vouchers for persons below 50% of median income, to be administered by a local public housing authority or other local organization that has existing rental voucher program,
  • Providing operating costs for emergency shelters and licensed overnight youthshelters.

Because the county has had inquiries from more than one agency, the county needs a preliminary idea of which agencies are interested in applying for HOME and HB2060 funds and for what projects.  Those who wish to propose a HOME/HB2060 funded project should fill a pre-application and turn it in to Connie Rivera by 5:00 on August 22, 2005.

The HOME Consortium meets in early September and will review the proposals and make their recommendation to the County Commissioners .

Those who have questions, or who need a pre-application, can contact Connie Rivera at 360- 709-3065 or by e-mail at riverac@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3