News Releases Chairman Murray and Senator Durbin Call on VA to Provide Answers about...

Washington, D.C. - August 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin sent a joint letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki expressing their concern about the placement of homeless female veterans in unsecure housing in Chicago, which jeopardized their safety.

Author China Mieville, Housing Executive Sharon Lee, Humorist Roy Blunt, Jr., Open Spaces Magazine...

Seattle, WA - July 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) Seattle Voices with Eric Liu Low Income Housing Institute’s Sharon Lee Premieres Tues., July 19, 7 p.m. Sharon Lee is the Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a non-profit organization based in Seattle. LIHI develops and operates housing for low-income and homeless people, and also provides a range of support services to assist tenants in maintaining stable housing and increasing self-sufficiency. Lee oversees a staff of 100 engaged in housing development, management, advocacy and support services.

News Releases HOMELESS VETERANS: Senator Murray Announces Funding for Public Housing Authorities in Washington...

Washington, D.C. - July 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced that a total of 175 housing vouchers worth $1,072,950 will be allocated to public housing authorities in Washington state to help local veterans secure stable housing. The vouchers are part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH program)

Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee to tour “Nickelsville” homeless encampment

Seattle, WA - July 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Join the Seattle City Council's Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee on Thursday, July 7 for a walking tour of the "Nickelsville" homeless person's encampment. This tour will continue the work surrounding Resolution 31292 and homeless individuals not currently served within the existing system of shelters.

Senator Murray Applauds New Housing Opportunities for Homeless Veterans in Spokane and Vancouver

Washington, D.C. - June 9, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded an announcement made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki that a supportive housing project for homeless veterans and their families will be developed in Spokane and Vancouver. Through the Building Utilization Review and Repurposing (BURR) initiative, the VA was able to identify unused and underused buildings at VA properties in Spokane and Vancouver that will be developed into new housing opportunities for veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan and homeless veterans and their families.

Mayor and Councilmembers update public on City efforts to support homeless community

Seattle, WA - May 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Mike O'Brien today announced two new steps in the City's efforts to better support those living without permanent shelter in Seattle:

Watch It Tonight: Housing the Poor and Homeless

May 9, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- How are neighborhoods responding to an influx of low-income and homeless housing? On Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., Cable 21, City Inside/Out with C.R. Douglas examines what is happening as services and housing for the poor spread out from downtown. We discuss the issues with representatives of a business association, property owners and housing and human-services providers.


SEATTLE, WA - April 28, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $2,199,963 to 11 new homeless programs in Washington state.

Senator Murray Introduces Bill to Remove Barriers to Education for Homeless Youth

Washington, D.C. - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mark Begich (D-AK), introduced legislation to ensure that schools will continue removing the barriers to education caused by homelessness among children and youth. The Educational Success for Children and Youth Without Homes Act of 2011 will amend the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program to better allow school districts to identify and address the needs of children and youth affected by homelessness and to bolster opportunities that help them succeed in school

Democrats Stand with Veterans Advocates To Oppose Republicans’ Extreme Plan That Would Deny Housing...

Washington, DC - March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators from across the country stood with advocates for homeless veterans to oppose a provision in Republicans’ reckless spending proposal that would cut 10,000 housing vouchers that would keep homeless veterans off the streets next year

Council can begin to move homelessness pilot project forward

March 15, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- "We laid out a timeline that would establish a homeless encampment in SODO before winter weather sets in later this year. That timeline assumed that the Council would begin their review and discussion of the legislation at the same time as we continued through the SEPA process, which is expected to be complete in June. We never expected that Council could take action on this package until SEPA was done. Waiting until June to even begin a review of the full package will jeopardize setting up the encampment before next winter.

Senator Murray’s Statement on VA-HUD Assessment of Veteran Homelessness

Washington, D.C. - February 11, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman, Senator Patty Murray, released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development’s joint report on veterans homelessness which was released today.

City awards nearly $23 million to create and preserve affordable rental housing for seniors,...

SEATTLE, WA - January 19, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Office of Housing today announced nearly $23 million in capital funding, divvied up amongst eight nonprofit housing developers, to create and preserve affordable apartments. The investment will help create 375 new units for seniors, homeless individuals and low-income working families, plus rehabilitate another 291 apartments currently home to seniors and people with disabilities

Public input sought for update of homelessness plan

Vancouver, WA - January 10, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Washington Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act mandated in May 2005 the creation of 10-year homeless housing plans for each of the state’s counties. Clark County’s Homelessness Plan Task Force invites neighborhood leaders, elected officials, landlords, educators, low-income people and all other interested citizens to attend a planning session on Wednesday, January 12, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Bldg. 17, Vancouver

Clark County receives national recognition for homeless program success

Vancouver, WA - October 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Clark County's Homeless Engagement Collaboration (CHEC) project has been awarded the 2009 National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED) Award of Excellence in the category of Homeless Coordination/Assistance.

Mayor announces funding for homeless prevention and ‘re-housing’

SEATTLE, WA - August 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Greg Nickels today announced the city of Seattle is awarding $4.3 million in federal and local funding to 10 agencies (for 13 programs) to prevent more than 1,600 low-income households from becoming homeless over the next two years.

Pierce County businesses claiming to help homeless aren’t charities

TACOMA, WA - June 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) – The telemarketers’ pitch seems innocent enough: They want you to buy trash bags, light bulbs or gift cards at jacked-up prices.

Stimulus funds to enhance housing and community development programs

Vancouver, WA - May 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, signed into law last February, will infuse more than $6 million into Clark County’s housing and community development programs. Planning is underway for the management and distribution of funds.

Housing Levy Renewal Needed Now More than Ever

SEATTLE, WA - April 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Greg Nickels today announced his proposal to renew the Seattle Housing Levy, which expires at the end of 2009. He made his announcement in the courtyard of the Seattle Housing Levy-funded Stone Way Apartments in Wallingford, surrounded by current and former residents of levy-funded housing.

Survey to gain better understanding of homeless needs

SEATTLE, WA - April 13, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Hundreds of volunteers will survey unsheltered homeless people in Seattle tonight to better understand the needs of people who are homeless and the barriers they face to finding permanent housing.


KCHA spearheads successful effort to preserve nine subdized apartment complexes in...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.


Calmwater Capital Originates $7.6 Million Loan for WSU Student Housing

Calmwater Capital, a leading national direct real estate lender, has provided $7.6 million in senior debt to Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, LLC to acquire and upgrade a student housing complex near Washington State University. The 184-bed property, known as College Crest Apartments, is located at 1555 NE Merman Drive in Pullman, Washington.