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An important part of the Commission’s mandate is sharing information about our mission, both in terms of what’s been accomplished, and where we intend to focus our resources in the coming years. Please contact us for more information about Commission programs, plans, and activities.
30 Years of Opening Doors to a Better Life
For thirty years, we have opened doors to homeownership. To affordable apartments. And to essential buildings in which people learn, create, and help one another. In partnership with the private sector and nonprofit organizations alike, we have opened doors to stability. To community. To dignity. To dreams. We have financed renewal, economic resilience, and hope. We are honored to mark our third decade of opening doors for the people of Washington. And we are proud to share this look back at the difference our work has made.
My View from Kim Herman, Executive
The view from my office clearly depicts the growth and energy of downtown Seattle and the surrounding area and was inspiration for the name of this newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to share My View with many colleagues and friends who are involved in housing and community development in Washington and beyond. While much of what I want to write about will be related to the Housing Finance Commission, much of it will be aimed at bringing to your attention people, places, events and trends that are influencing community development from a broader perspective. I hope you enjoy sharing My View and hope that it will add to your perspectives about creating better communities throughout Washington. Kim Herman, Executive Director
Housing Finance Plan 2013-2015 (PDF)
The Housing Finance Plan includes an overview of the Commission, our Plan for financing affordable housing during the next two years, and a detailed description of Commission policies for each of our programs. In this document you will also find a presentation of the results achieved by the Commission.
2012 Annual Report:
The Art of Adapting (PDF)
Meet a few of the people whose lives have been positively impacted by our work—including Ann, who went from homelessness five years ago to becoming a first-time homebuyer. Other highlights include financing more than $123 million in below-market-rate loans to 840 low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers; helping to create more than 4,000 units of affordable housing—including 1,780 for seniorsHelping to create more than 4,000 units of affordable housing—including 1,780 for seniors; working with property managers to ensure that more than 71,000 units of housing statewide remain affordable and comfortable.
Overview: Creating Change (PDF)
These maps show Commission-funded housing and nonprofit community facilities in each county statewide—as well as the 1,173 acres financed through our Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program.
2012 Legislative Report: Shades of Hope (PDF)
This report gives our legislators a look at the Commission’s total economic impact over the 29 years of its existence to show how we apply tax-exempt bonds and federal tax credits to benefit the people of Washington. Since 1983, the Commission has financed mortgage loans for 44,749 affordable single-family homes; financed development of 93,101 apartment units or beds; contributed more than $42 billion to the state economy and generated 237,622 jobs.
Housing Washington's Seniors - A
The goal of this report was to prepare a profile of current housing occupied by older persons, and to assess future demand for senior housing in the State. The report examines profiles of the older residents of the state, including data on: 1) Demographic changes, 2) Household structure, 3) Physical and mental disabilities, 4) Income, and 5) Current housing arrangements. The study includes a county by county listing of senior housing properties across the state, among other appendices. The study was prepared by Glenn Crellin, Director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research/Washington State University for the Housing Finance Commission and completed in November 2006.
History of the
Commission 1983-2003: A Catalyst for the Community (PDF)
The creation of the Commission is a glimpse into how business gets done in Olympia, a textbook example of how varied and competing players can come together to hammer out a solution—in this case, a long-needed agency whose benefits are, measurable and well documented. It’s the story, too, of a landmark state supreme court decision with repercussions Washington residents are still feeling as we seek innovative ways to spur economic growth. This history offers a portrait of a state agency like no other: one that operates more like a business than a bureaucracy, creating thousands of units of affordable housing while pumping billions into the state.