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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 approved yesterday by the  Commission. For the Bellingham downpayment-assistance program, the Commission agreed to match the city’s $150,000 in local housing levy funds with a $90,000 investment and to administer the program.

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 | 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.

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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