Grants will redevelop abandoned homes and vacant lots in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane counties
Olympia, WA – June 17, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced that King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane Counties will receive a total of more than $4.8 million in grants to help purchase and redevelop foreclosed and abandoned homes, putting them back into productive use.
These federal funds were awarded to the Washington State Department of Commerce by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in March under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3, aimed at stabilizing communities hit hard by foreclosure.
“Revitalizing neighborhoods hard-hit by housing foreclosures helps our state’s economic recovery,” said Karen Larkin, Department of Commerce Assistant Director for Local Government and Infrastructure. “While helping to support the economic base of struggling neighborhoods, these funds will also benefit low-income families in need of affordable housing.”
To distribute these federal funds, Commerce conducted a competitive process, soliciting grant proposals for projects in the areas of greatest need around the state. Twelve proposals were received, requesting a total of $12.7 million. The following four projects were approved for funding, for a total of $4,835,500:
|City of Federal Way||$1,693,000||Westway Neighborhood Housing Project: Will acquire, rehabilitate, and sell 14 foreclosed and vacant properties. Five units will be sold to low-income households.|
|City of Lakewood||$640,000||Tillicum Low-Income Housing Project: Will acquire, rehabilitate, and sell 11 foreclosed and vacant properties. All 11 units will be sold to low-income households.|
|Snohomish County||$1,102,500||Park Place Townhome Rentals Project: Will acquire 14 newly constructed, vacant, and bank-owned homes. All 14 units will be rented to low-income households.|
|City of Spokane||$1,400,000||East Sprague Rentals Project: Will build 37 new affordable rental housing units on a vacant lot in a neighborhood heavily impacted by foreclosures. All units will be rented to low income households.|
For more information on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3, go to http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1360/default.aspx.
Commerce is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov. For information on locating or expanding a business in Washington, visit www.choosewashington.com.
City of Federal Way, Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director, 253.835.2510
City of Lakewood, Jeff Gumm, Program/Grants Coordinator, 253.983.7773
Snohomish County, Dean Weitenhagen, Supervisor of Office of Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development, 425.388.3267
City of Spokane, Paul Trautman, Housing Program Administrator, 509.625.6325
Corina Grigoras, Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 Manager, 360.725.3092
Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 360.725.2805