• Funding opportunity opens for new MODULAR affordable housing projects

    June 04, 2020

    Projects must serve homeless-at-entry populations for at least 50 years

     

    The Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit announces a funding opportunity for new MODULAR affordable housing projects serving homeless-at-entry populations for a minimum of 50 years.

    Applications are due to the Department of Commerce by 5 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2020.

    MODULAR housing funds were allocated in the 2019-2021 Capital Budget Substitute House Bill 1102, Section 1029(1)(b). Commerce encourages eligible organizations to apply for funding to construct MODULAR housing that for a minimum of 50 years will serve people who are homeless at entry.

    Organizations were encouraged to submit concept-only proposals for MODULAR projects in fall 2019 (the “2019 Stage 1 MODULAR Solicitation”). This was merely to assess demand and possible projects in the pipeline. Stage 1 applications were NOT evaluated for funding decisions. The list of organizations that applied is published on the Applying to the HTF webpage.

    Having submitted a proposal in response to the 2019 Stage 1 MODULAR Solicitation is NOT a pre-requisite to apply to the 2020 MODULAR Housing round. We encourage all eligible organizations to apply during this round and any future rounds. Eligibility is described in the 2020 MODULAR Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

    Please download and carefully review the 2020 MODULAR Housing NOFA for specific information about funding requirements and priorities, the process for submitting an application, and dates of significance. The NOFA and application materials are also available on the Applying to the Housing Trust Fund webpage.

    The Housing Trust Fund team held a MODULAR housing webinar on Sept. 5, 2019 to discuss the available funds allocated in the 2019-21 Capital Budget and collect feedback before soliciting the 2019 Stage 1 concept applications. Participants of the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications on the funds available. This dialog was instrumental in developing the direction being undertaken for the program. To review the 2019 webinar presentation slides and the questions and answers asked during the webinar, please visit here.

    If you have questions about any of the information contained in this announcement or the NOFA, contact send your inquiries to: htfapp@commercer.wa.gov. Please be certain to indicate in the subject line of your email that your question is related to the MODULAR NOFA.