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 Affordable Housing Program (HOME)

HOME is the centerpiece program of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA), officially entitled the HOME Investment Partnerships Act. 

Each year the Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department receives a formula allocation of HOME funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The HOME Program is intended to achieve three specific goals; To expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing with primary focus on housing for low, very low, and extremely low-income families; strength the ability of local governments to design and implement strategies for achieving adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing;and encourage public, private, and non-profit partnerships to address affordable housing needs.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund (Substitute House Bill 2060)

On April 30, 2002, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners authorized the Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department to administer funds generated through Substitute House Bill 2060. A recording fee of $10 is charged by the County Auditor for every document recorded. 60% of the revenue generated is retained by the County to further affordable housing. Projects must serve individuals and families at 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). The remaining 40% of the revenue generated is transferred to the State for affordable housing projects that serve individuals and families at or below 30% AMI.

The County is interested in identifying and examining unique approaches that would serve to maximize flexibility and create additional opportunities for those in the housing industry.

Download the HOME Income Limits and HOME Program Rents. Income Limits effective as of May 1, 2014 Rent Limits effective May 1, 2014.

Please note:  The County does not own or manage affordable housing properties and therefore cannot offer assistance directly to individuals under the Affordable Housing Program (AHP).  Our investment of AHP funding is allocated through a competitive process to owners, sponsors, or developers of affordable housing.  Please check for available affordable housing units at: http://www.housingsearchnw.org/ or contact 2-1-1 for referrals on housing options.

 These funds will be allocated through a competitive application process by Spokane County.  Please contact Richard Culton at (509) 477-4487 for more information on the Affordable Housing Program. funding. 

 

A few Projects funded by Spokane County's Affordable Housing Program

Picture of Hidden Pines Appts

Hidden Pines

 

Picture of Riverwalk Point Appts

Riverwalk Point

 

Picture of the Village Appts.

Village Apartments

Picture of the Woodruff Heights Appts.

Woodruff Heights

 

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Fair Housing Plan

As part of the jurisdiction's obligation to affirmatively further fair housing, the jurisdiction must undertake the completion of an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice as well as a Fair Housing Plan. This document will summarized both the analysis completed by the County as well as the strategies developed to address the barriers to housing choice.

HUD has included a wide array of potential issues under the umbrella of "impediments to fair housing choice."  An impediment restricts housing choice for persons who are part of a federally protected classification.

HUD defines an impediment to fair housing choice as any action, omission or decision in a jurisdiction:

  • Taken because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin that restricts housing choice or the availability of housing choice;
  • That constitutes a violation, or potential violation, of the Fair Housing Act;
  • That is counterproductive to fair housing choice, such as community resistance when minorities, persons with disabilities and /or low-income persons first move into white and/or moderate income areas, or resistance to the siting of housing facilities for persons with disabilities; or
  • That has the effect of restricting housing opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

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