Washington State Government and Public Real Estate News

State alleges Renton man used access to confidential state databases to commit identity theft against seniors, people with disabilities and non-profits

SEATTLE – May 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Attorney General’s Office filed charges late yesterday against a former Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) employee for allegedly using his access to confidential state databases to commit identity theft and steal more than $150,000 in unclaimed property through the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) ClaimYourCash.org website. more »

Seattle – May 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Councilmember Mike O’Brienwill host a Public Hearing on the proposed micro-housing regulations proposed by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. The Planning, Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee is considering legislation to improve how micro-housing (also known as “aPodments”) fits into neighborhoods and make the housing more livable for renters, while continuing to support innovation in housing design to create affordable choices. more »

Application deadline is June 2

SEATTLE – May 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — If your group needs funding to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline to the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that first-half property taxes are due on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. “If you have not received your 2014 first-half tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 397-2252 for a duplicate statement.” more »

Veterans have been turned away in the wake of sudden VA policy change made in February that limits eligibility for indispensable grant program that supports homeless shelters and providers

After Murray introduces legislation, VA NOW says it will temporarily rescind the policy change but final legal opinion could still shutter access for homeless veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on Thursday introduced emergency legislation that would reverse a sudden and largely unexplained Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy change that has restricted homeless veterans’ access to housing and services. Senator Murray’s bill, The Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act (S. 2179), reverses a new VA policy by allowing community organizations who receive funding through the VA’s Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program to once again count veterans who don’t meet certain length of service or discharge requirements when calculating the federal GPD allotment that often allows these facilities to operate. more »

SEATTLE, Wash. – March 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Four new developments will add affordable housing across the state, thanks to almost $29 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated yesterday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. more »

SEATTLE – March 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Legal action taken by the Washington State Attorney General (AGO) against foreclosure trustee Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington (QLS) has stopped unfair and deceptive business practices. QLS is one of the largest foreclosure trustees in Washington state. more »

SEATTLE – March 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Councilmembers considered presentations specific to mortgage principal reduction and other foreclosure prevention programs for homeowners who are struggling in Seattle, and options to revitalize the communities impacted. The discussion was held in a joint meeting of the Finance and Culture Committee, and the Committee on Housing, Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency, Chaired by Nick Licata. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed TerryLynn Stewart to serve as a King County Housing Authority commissioner. Stewart was unanimously approved on Feb. 19 by the Metropolitan King County Council. Stewart replaces Commissioner Terry McLlarky, who died in July 2013. more »

Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet and avoid foreclosure highlight need for community involvement to help Thurston County families stay in their homes

OLYMPIA – February 21, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions are pleased to announce the screening of the foreclosure documentary American Winter in Olympia, Wash. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — To help meet the City’s strategic goal of being a safe, clean and attractive community, the City of Tacoma’s Code Compliance Section is conducting its annual visual survey of the properties along Tacoma’s main arterials to identify opportunities for individuals to improve their compliance with the City’s Nuisance and Minimum Building and Structures Code. Inspectors will be performing the survey now through March 14. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Widening inaccessibility to affordable homes and an increase in homeless young people across the state means these issues have become a huge priority for communities across the state.

Last year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction found more than 27,000 homeless young students across Washington with the largest jumps in young people who are “doubled-up”, which means couch-surfing or staying at the home of relatives or neighbors. more »

Information now available in 11 languages, urging homeowners to seek free counseling

OLYMPIA – January 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Washington homeowners facing foreclosure can now access brochures about homeownership counseling and mediation services in 11 languages.

The Washington State Legislature established the Foreclosure Fairness Act and the Mediation Program in 2011. The program, overseen by the Department of Commerce, is designed to help homeowners and their lenders explore possible alternatives to foreclosure and reach a resolution when possible. It assists Washington homeowners who are facing foreclosure by providing FREE homeownership counseling and information about possible mediation with their lender. While thousands of homeowners have met with housing counselors free-of-charge, and hundreds have entered mediation with their lenders to avoid foreclosure, it is estimated that only 10 percent of homeowners facing foreclosure are using these resources. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, announced that new this year, the annual Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held online via an Internet-based foreclosure auction provider called “bid4assets” . more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The City of Tacoma Planning Commission is seeking public comment on proposed land use regulations concerning a Temporary Homeless Camps Permitting Process. The proposal would amend the Tacoma Municipal Code, Chapter 13.05 Land Use Permit Procedures and Chapter 13.06 Zoning, to add regulations for a permit review process for temporary homeless camps run by religious organizations. more »

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