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Margret Graham, Communications Manager
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2016 Annual Report

2016 Statewide Impact Report


Energy program finances new Seattle homes, historic Tacoma theater 12/02/2016 | Thanks to $1.8 million in loans from the Commission’s Sustainable Energy Trust (SET), a historic theater in Tacoma and four new townhomes in Seattle will save their owners thousands in energy costs.

Awards to create housing in Puyallup, Lacy, Spokane area 11/22/2016 | The Commission approved $234.2 million in financing for four new affordable-housing properties in Western and Eastern Washington this week, a total of 966 new apartments and other units.

Awards finance 1,800 units of affordable housing statewide 11/02/2016 | The Commission recently approved $328 million in financing to construct or preserve more than 1,800 units of housing and expand three Seattle-area nonprofits.

Friends of Housing honored for leadership, inspiration 10/11/2016 | The Commission has honored six individuals as “Friends of Housing” for their work to create, support and advocate for affordable housing in Washington state. In addition, the Commission presented the Margaret M. Sevy Affordable Housing Lifetime Achievement Award.

Snoqualmie railway museum building new visitor education center 08/18/2016 | Financed partly by a $3.6 million loan from the Commission, the center will open in October.

Centralia mobile-home residents purchase their community (Word) (PDF) 08/17/2016 | The 45-site Hillside “mobile-home park” now belongs to its residents, with the help of a loan from the Commission and other partners.

Seattle Art Museum becoming more energy efficient 07/21/2016 | The museum will improve its energy and water systems using $2.8 million in financing made possible by the King County Green Community Initiative and the Commission.

Awards finance 900 units of affordable housing statewide 07/05/2016 | The Commission recently approved more than $216 million in financing to construct or preserve almost 900 units of affordable housing—most of them for seniors.

Awards finance 540 units of affordable housing statewide 05/13/2016 | Seniors in Bellingham, the homeless in Vancouver, and families in rural Washington are among those who will benefit from $55.2 million in equity from LIHTC allocated by the Commission.

Tax-credit awards finance affordable housing statewide 04/01/2016 | Six new developments will add affordable housing throughout Washington State, thanks to an estimated $105 million in equity from LIHTC allocated by the Commission.

Spokane Habitat for Humanity to double its home building through new loan partnership 03/23/2016 | Thanks to a financing partnership between the Commission and Habitat for Humanity of Washington State, the Spokane Habitat affiliate will serve more families.

694 affordable apartments to be renovated, 526 new apartments to be built, and new railway museum 03/10/2016 | Affordable apartments will be renovated and built thanks to $196 million in financing approved by the Commission, and Northwest Railway Museum financing.

HNN Associates honored for management of affordable apartments 01/20/2016 | The Commission has recognized HNN Associates of Bellevue with a Proud Partner Award for outstanding management of affordable apartment properties throughout Washington.

New affordable homes financed in Everett, Federal Way 12/18/2015 | New affordable apartments for families in Everett and seniors in Federal Way will be financed through $89 million approved yesterday by the Commission.

Almost 800 affordable apartments financed in Western Washington 11/20/2015 | New affordable apartments will be built across Western Washington with $182 million approved yesterday by the Commission.

New senior apartments, homebuyer assistance financed 10/23/2015 | Seniors in Des Moines and Vancouver will benefit from newly built, affordable apartments thanks to $34.4 million in financing by the  Commission. Also approved was a new partnership with Bellingham that will expand the city’s downpayment assistance program for homebuyers.

Friends of Housing honored for leadership, inspiration 10/09/2015 | The Commission has honored five professionals as “Friends of Housing” for their work to create, support and advocate for affordable housing statewide.

New affordable apartments, renovations financed 09/25/2015 | Hundreds of new affordable apartments and renovations to existing ones will be financed through $48.5 million approved yesterday by the Commission.

Wildfire victims offered quicker access to housing 09/01/2015 | The Commission has issued a waiver that allows victims of recent Washington wildfires to more quickly access emergency housing.

Affordable apartments, community projects financed 08/31/2015 | Developers and nonprofit organizations will create or preserve hundreds of affordable homes across Western Washington, thanks to roughly $119 million in financing approved last week by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Affordable apartments, homebuyer help, new partnerships financed throughout state 08/05/2015 | Developers and nonprofit organizations will create or renovate 546 affordable homes across the state, thanks to roughly $188 million in financing approved this summer by the Commission.

News release from the Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle 08/03/2015 | The Housing Finance Commission is a key partner in this new effort to automatically enroll Seattle residents of affordable apartments in utility discounts.

Larsen, Lawrence named to Commission 07/21/2015 | Governor Jay Inslee has named two housing professionals to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission: Wendy L. Lawrence of Neah Bay and Ken A. Larsen of Bellingham. The two start their four-year terms on the Commission immediately.

Pacific Continental Bank honored for partnership in nonprofit financing 06/29/2015 | The Commission recognized the Seattle branch of Pacific Continental Bank for its partnership in financing nonprofit organizations. The bank’s use of the Commission’s tax-exempt STEP bonds enabled nonprofits to build and equip facilities.

Homeowner counseling boosted with state grant 06/26/2015 | About 1,000 Washington State homeowners facing foreclosure will receive financial counseling to help resolve their mortgage issues, thanks to a grant awarded this week by Attorney General Bob Ferguson to the Commission.

Valeri Pate to lead Commission’s Compliance division 05/08/2015 | The Commission has named Valeri Pate to lead its Asset Management and Compliance division, overseeing a team that monitors more than 900 affordable-housing properties statewide.

Seven projects, 457 affordable homes financed 5/1/2015 | Developers and nonprofit organizations will create or renovate 457 affordable homes across the state, thanks to almost $67 million in financing approved last Friday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Residents of Elmwood Mobile Manor purchase the land 04/28/2015 | Homeowners formed Elmwood Homeowners Cooperative and purchased the land and infrastructure for $2.16 million. Financing was provided by ROC USA® Capital, Mercy Loan Fund, the Commission and JP Morgan Chase.

Eight housing projects, 575 apartments financed 03/27/2015 | Seven new developments—and one historic restoration—will create or renovate 575 affordable apartments across the state, thanks to more than $105 million in financing approved yesterday by the Commission.

Financing approved for 600-plus affordable apartments 02/27/2015 | With $110 million in financing approved yesterday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission for three projects, more than 600 affordable apartments will be built in King and Snohomish counties.

Lisa DeBrock to lead Homeownership team 02/06/2015 | The Commission has named Lisa DeBrock to lead its Homeownership Division, overseeing more than $800 million in home loans and downpayment assistance each year throughout the state.

Yakima REALTORS® honor Commission as “Partner of the Year” for homebuyer classes | 01/20/2015 | The Yakima Association of REALTORS® honored the Commission’s for its free homebuyer education seminars, which have enabled hundreds of Yakima residents to buy their first home.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation purchases, renovates new facility 11/06/2014 | The work, expected to finish in January, will result in a larger and more welcoming space for clients affected by HIV/AIDS in the South Sound. PCAF purchased the building at 3009 S. 40th Street in Tacoma and will renovate it thanks to financing from the Commission and its own fundraising.

Commission wins national award for partnership to empower manufactured-home communities (PDF) 10/28/2014 | The Commission’s partnership to help residents purchase the manufactured-home communities in which they live has won a Special Achievement Award from the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies. Five communities statewide (and one pending) have formed cooperatives and bought the land under their homes thanks to our partnership with ROC USA and Northwest Cooperative Development Center. Read more about these revitalized communities: Moses Lake: Three communities 08/2014, Whidbey Island: Whispering Pines 12/2013, Duvall, King County: Duvall Riverside Village 01/2013

Ishbel Dickens, advocate for manufactured homeowners, honored for Lifetime Achievement in affordable housing 10/10/2014 | The Commission has honored Ishbel Dickens with a lifetime achievement award for her work on behalf of manufactured home communities.

Friends of Housing honored 10/09/2014 | The Commission has honored six leaders as “Friends of Housing” for their work to create, support and advocate for affordable housing statewide.

Three Moses Lake neighborhoods transformed as residents buy the land beneath their homes 08/06/2014 | Homeowners in three “mobile-home parks” in this city of about 20,000 took control of the land beneath their homes when they formed three cooperatives and became not just homeowners, but landowners, too.

Wildfire victims can take advantage of housing waiver 07/31/2014 | The Commission has issued a waiver that allows victims of recent Washington wildfires to more quickly access emergency housing.

Seven new housing projects financed throughout state 04/30/2014 | More than $54 million in housing credit allocated by the Commission will add affordable housing across the state: Three projects in the Yakima Valley, the others in Kennewick, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Bellingham. Many of the new units serve farmworkers, people with disabilities and the homeless.

Mercer Island property management team recognized 04/23/2014 | The Commission has honored Indigo Real Estate Services, Inc., of Mercer Island with a Proud Partner Award.

Lisa Vatske to lead Commission’s Multifamily division 04/10/2014 | The Commission has named Lisa Vatske to lead its Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division, overseeing more than $650 million in bond and tax-credit financing each year throughout the state.

Waiver helps open housing doors for Oso victims 04/09/2014 | The Commission has issued a waiver that allows victims of the Oso mudslide to quickly access emergency housing.

Four new housing projects were allocated almost $29 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit 03/28/2014 | New developments in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Omak will add affordable housing.

Graduation in Toppenish tonight for first class of farm entrepreneurs 03/18/2014 | Ceremony to be held for the first business-education class of ADENTRO, a new program from the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing.

Bainbridge grocery store greens up with help of energy bonds 03/11/2014 | Town & Country Market using Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds through Kitsap County's Green Community Initiative.

New housing projects announced in Seattle, South King 02/28/2014 | Four new developments will add affordable housing in Seattle and South King County, thanks to Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

WSHFC director honored for rural housing leadership 02/11/2014 | Kim Herman, the Commission's executive director, has been honored by the national Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) for his commitment to multifamily rural housing.

Senior apartments preserved, renovated in rural Colfax 02/07/2014 | Marcus Place renovation partly financed with a loan from the Commission’s Capital Plus! program, a partnership with the Washington Community Reinvestment Association.

Residents purchase Oak Harbor mobile-home park 12/03/2013 | Whispering Pines Homeowners Cooperative purchases the 59-site mobile-home park formerly known as Thunderbird

White House to honor Commission energy expert 11/01/2013 | Avi Jacobson, senior sustainable energy coordinator at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, will be honored at the White House for his work to advance clean energy.

Friend of Housing Awards for extraordinary efforts 10/18/2013 | Working to create, support and advocate for affordable housing statewide: Christina Pegg, Longview | Helen Stevenson, Spokane | The Opportunity Council | Sue Cary, Seattle | Leah Greenwood, Vancouver

Senator Fain honored with Proud Partner Award 09/25/2013 | Championing a bill to protect downpayment assistance

Senior living at Lake Chelan preserved, strengthened 09/17/2013 | Heritage Heights will save dollars and stay sustainable

SEED to Build New Senior Housing in Rainier Valley 08/14/2013 | Rep. Adam Smith visits Rainier Court, praises expansion

YMCA saves energy, money through upgrades 08/09/2013 | Financing through the Commission’s Sustainable Energy Program

Kitsap County’s Green Community Initiative 07/30/2013 | Kitsap Co & Commission low-interest loans for environmental sustainability projects 

The District Apartments 06/17/2013 | Affordable apartment complex in works near Mill Creek

Seattle Preparatory School 06/07/2013 | Seattle Prep breaks ground on campus renovations

Green Canopy Homes Open House 06/07/2013 | The Triplets, transformed, take a bow, open house events this weekend in West Seattle

Commission helps expand Spokane Valley senior community 05/17/2013 | Appleway Court, a Rockwood Retirement community

Green Canopy Homes: Maritime Lofts 04/30/2013 | Green homes going up near blue waters Ballard neighbors invited to meeting

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community secures bright future 04/02/2013
Commission helps refinance and add 12 memory care units

Swauk Creek Ranch Wind Project 03/27/2013 | Community Scale Wind Project to Power More Than 1,000 Kittitas Homes

Sustainable Energy Trust 03/22/2013 | New program helps finance energy-conscious construction

Alpha Supported Living Services 02/08/2013 | New building helps King County nonprofit cut costs

First-time homebuyers in East King County offered help with down payments 01/25/2013
Homebuyer access to downpayment assistance through the House Key Plus ARCH

Duvall Riverside Village Cooperative 01/09/2013 | Residents of Duvall Mobile Home Park Purchase Their Community

New Senior Apartments to Be Built in Milton 01/03/2013 | The Alder Ridge Apartments for Low-Income Adults 62 or Older

Spokane Retirement Community to Renovate and Expand  12/04/2012 | Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Improvements to Riverview Retirement Community

Senior Homes with Services for Olympia 11/21/2012 | A Combination of Tax-Exempt and Taxable Bonds Closes to Finance 170 Units of Independent, Affordable Senior Housing in Olympia

Clara, Zelda, and Louise Saved from Wrecking Ball 11/19/2012 | Sustainable Energy Trust and Green Canopy Homes Purchase Three White Center Homes

Multifamily Homes to Be Built in Marysville 11/13/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bonds and Housing Credits to Finance Quilceda Creek Apartments

National Awards Recognize Outstanding State Programs  10/25/2012 | Washington State Housing Finance Commission Honored with Award

Commission Honors Eight Individuals 10/16/2012 | Friend of Housing and Sevy Awards Recognize Exceptional Work and Commitment to Affordable Housing In Washington State

Five Multifamily Complexes to Be Preserved as Affordable Housing 09/26/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bonds and Housing Tax Credits Will Be Used to Purchase and Renovate Housing

Housing Hope to Expand Housing and Services 08/31/2012 | Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Pilchuck Place and Woods Creek Apartments

378 Senior Housing Units to Be Updated in Kent 08/03/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bonds and Housing Tax Credits to Finance Tri-Court Apartments

Lutheran Community Services Northwest Re-Finances Tax-Exempt Debt 08/01/2012 | Non-profit social services facility benefits from $3,450,000 Refinancing

The YMCA of Greater Seattle Refinances Tax-Exempt Debt 07/31/2012 | Facilities benefits from $30,000,000.00 Refinancing

155 Units of Senior Housing to be Renovated in Kennewick 07/30/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Desert Villa and Desert Villa East

Seattle Country Day School Re-Finances Tax-Exempt Debt 07/20/2012 | School benefits from $9,450,000.00 refinancing

New Units for Kennewick Seniors 07/12/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Affinity at Southridge

Energy Program Launched 07/11/2012 | Tax-Eempt Bond Financing for Compass Health Facility in Everett

178 New Units for Seattle North End Seniors 07/11/2012 | Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Interurban Senior Living Associates

Home Advantage Program 07/09/2012 | New Mortgage Program for Home Buyers in Washington State

395 Multifamily Units for Lynnwood 06/11/2012 | Tax-Exempt Financing for Vintage Development’s Lynnwood Property

165 Multifamily Units for Shoreline 06/07/2012 | Tax-Exempt Financing for the Inland Group’s North City Property

Tax-Exempt Financing Preserves 100-Year Old Building for Housing 06/06/2012 | Downtown Seattle Building to House 252 Completely Renovated Units for Low-Income Households

Judson Park Refinances Tax-Exempt Debt 05/31/2012 | 309 Households Benefit from Continuing Care Retirement Community’s $21.5 Million Refinancing

Tax-Exempt Financing Continues Northwest School's Growth 05/24/2012
30,000 sq. ft. Educational Facility to be Added to School Campus

Tax-Exempt Financing for 31 Acres in Chehalis 05/24/2012
Couple to Own Newaukum Valley Vegetable Farm


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Please help local listeners learn more about safe and affordable ways to purchase a home. The following public service announcements may run immediately and continue indefinitely. For more information, please contact Lisa DeBrock, Homeownership Program Manager, at 206-464-7139, toll free in Washington at 800-767-4663.   Text (PDF) | Digital Audio Files (right click on link, save to your computer, then play): 
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