Washington State Government and Public Real Estate News

City Council unanimously adopted legislation today allowing for new interim use permits for as many as three transitional homeless encampments on property owned by the City of Seattle, private parties, or educational major institutions in most of Seattle's non-residential zones. The encampments will serve some of the 2,813 people homeless in Seattle, providing a safe and managed site for people to sleep and reside.
Mayor Ed Murray today directed the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee to meet his new goal for both income-restricted affordable and market-rate units to be created over the coming decade
Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike last night.  The strike vote took place Tuesday evening outside the company’s facility in Tacoma
Mercy Housing Northwest will host the grand re-opening tomorrow of the now-renovated Family Tree Apartments in Everett and Lincoln Way Apartments in Lynnwood. The 199-unit rehab was financed by U.S. Bank to improve Seattle’s affordable housing options.
Today the City announced $544,761 in matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city of Seattle. Twenty-nine community groups received awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) for projects as diverse as youth fitness programs to pop-up park
Mercy Housing Northwest is celebrating the construction start of its newest affordable housing community, New Tacoma II Senior Apartments, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., with a speakers program and a musical performance by seniors living in the first phase of New Tacoma Senior Apartments
Public investments to fund infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies in Cowlitz, Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties
The Community Development Permit Center is adjusting operations to improve customer service during the 2015 construction season. Plans call for the permit center to reserve Wednesdays for appointments, animal licenses and payments starting March 25, according to Community Development Director Marty Snell
Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the National Cash Register Building at 1923-27 Fifth Ave. and the (old) IBM Building at 1929-33 Fifth Ave. on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, 40th Floor, Room 4060
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a complaint in Grant County Superior Court against Gary Chavers, owner of Sun & Sand Mobile Home Park in Mattawa, Wash., for forcing tenants to sign “purchase” contracts so that he could evade city health and safety inspections and thereby avoid the expense of improving the poor condition of the mobile homes. The tenants, mostly farm workers whose primary language is Spanish, were told they must sign the contracts or move out.
Fourteen thousand homes in north Seattle just became eligible for big rebates—average rebate $4,500—under the popular RainWise Program. A joint effort by Seattle and King County to fight water pollution, the RainWise Program offers rebates to cover up to 100 percent of the cost of a professionally-installed rain garden or cistern on private property.
Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, announced that first-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 94,852 statements mailed, 73,846 postcards mailed for those taxpayers whose mortgage company pays their taxes
Seattle City Light's Powerful Neighborhoods conservation program has reached 70,000 customers in the past four years, saving enough energy to power nearly 2,800 homes and saving our customers about $2 million a year
Age-friendly housing will be the topic of a Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting of the Commission on Aging.
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
Washington Homeowners To Receive Assistance In Multi-State Ocwen Loan Servicing Settlement

Restitution includes funds for homeowners wrongly foreclosed upon and principal reductions for current homeowners whose property values are under water

OLYMPIA – December 20, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Division of Consumer Services is pleased to announce a multi-state loan servicing settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, state Attorneys General and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. more »

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