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RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
Down payment loans making buying a home attainable (KIRO, June 17, 2015)
EnergySpark program offers break on mortgage interest (KIRO, May 28, 2015)
Marine Plaza: New developer plans to keep it affordable (Port Townsend Leader, June 17, 2015)
Margret Graham, Communications Manager
desk: (206) 287-4409 | cell: (206) 454-9058
RECENT MEDIA RELEASES
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.
homebuyer help, new partnerships financed throughout state
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.
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.
Continental Bank honored for partnership in nonprofit financing
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.
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
Photo (1mb Jpeg) 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.
County AIDS Foundation purchases, renovates new facility
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.
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
HOUSING ADVOCATES RECOGNIZED
Three Moses Lake
neighborhoods transformed as residents buy the land beneath their homes
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
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.
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
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.
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
director honored for rural housing leadership
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.
apartments preserved, renovated in rural Colfax
Marcus Place renovation partly financed with a loan from the Commission’s Capital Plus! program, a partnership with the Washington Community Reinvestment Association.
purchase Oak Harbor mobile-home park 12/03/2013
Whispering Pines Homeowners Cooperative purchases the 59-site mobile-home park formerly known as Thunderbird
Commission energy expert
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
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
Championing a bill to protect downpayment assistance
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
County’s Green Community Initiative 07/30/2013
Kitsap Co & Commission low-interest loans for environmental sustainability projects
Affordable apartment complex in works near Mill Creek
Preparatory School 06/07/2013
Seattle Prep breaks ground on campus renovations
Canopy Homes Open House 06/07/2013
The Triplets, transformed, take a bow, open house events this weekend in West Seattle
helps expand Spokane Valley senior community 05/17/2013
Appleway Court, a Rockwood Retirement community
Canopy Homes: Maritime Lofts 04/30/2013
Green homes going up near blue waters Ballard neighbors invited to meeting
Lutheran Retirement Community secures bright future 04/02/2013
Commission helps refinance and add 12 memory care units
Ranch Wind Project 03/27/2013
Community Scale Wind Project to Power More Than 1,000 Kittitas Homes
Sustainable Energy Trust
New program helps finance energy-conscious construction
Living Services 02/08/2013
New building helps King County nonprofit cut costs
homebuyers in East King County offered help with down payments 01/25/2013
Homebuyer access to downpayment assistance through the House Key Plus ARCH
Riverside Village Cooperative 01/09/2013
Residents of Duvall Mobile Home Park Purchase Their Community
Senior Apartments to Be Built in Milton 01/03/2013
The Alder Ridge Apartments for Low-Income Adults 62 or Older
Retirement Community to Renovate and Expand 12/04/2012
Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Bonds to Finance Improvements to Riverview Retirement Community
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
Zelda, and Louise Saved from Wrecking Ball 11/19/2012
Sustainable Energy Trust and Green Canopy Homes Purchase Three White Center Homes
Homes to Be Built in Marysville 11/13/2012
Tax-Exempt Bonds and Housing Credits to Finance Quilceda Creek Apartments
Recognize Outstanding State Programs 10/25/2012
Washington State Housing Finance Commission Honored with Award
Eight Individuals 10/16/2012
Friend of Housing and Sevy Awards Recognize Exceptional Work and Commitment to Affordable Housing In Washington State
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
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
Services Northwest Re-Finances Tax-Exempt Debt 08/01/2012
Non-profit social services facility benefits from $3,450,000 Refinancing
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
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
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
New Mortgage Program for Home Buyers in Washington State
Units for Lynnwood 06/11/2012
Tax-Exempt Financing for Vintage Development’s Lynnwood Property
Units for Shoreline 06/07/2012
Tax-Exempt Financing for the Inland Group’s North City Property
Financing Preserves 100-Year Old Building for Housing 06/06/2012
Downtown Seattle Building to House 252 Completely Renovated Units for Low-Income Households
Refinances Tax-Exempt Debt 05/31/2012
309 Households Benefit from Continuing Care Retirement Community’s $21.5 Million Refinancing
Continues Northwest School's Growth 05/24/2012
30,000 sq. ft. Educational Facility to be Added to School Campus
Financing for 31 Acres in Chehalis 05/24/2012
Couple to Own Newaukum Valley Vegetable Farm
PROGRAM NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
PSA #1: 15 seconds (mp3) | PSA #2: 30 seconds (mp3) | PSA #3: 30 seconds (mp3)