Housing & Social Service Funding Program

The City of Olympia provides financial assistance to rehabilitate or to create housing for low- to moderate-income housing through the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In addition, the City also offers programs to encourage the development of multi-family housing in eligible areas and beautification of neighborhoods. 

CDBG Program

The Federal CDBG program provides funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of housing for low- to moderate-income households. In addition, the program supports specific economic development and social services activities. Learn more about the CDBG Program.  

CDBG Program News:

  1. On February 25, 2014, following a public hearing and comment period, the Council approved an amendment to the CDBG Annual Action Plan for PY 2013 (9/1/13 to 8/31/14). The amendment includes spending $25,650 in CDBG funds for the Downtown Ambassador program. Download the amended PY2013 Action Plan (PDF) to learn more.
  2. HUD approved the City's Consolidated Annual Performance Review (CAPER) for Program Year 2012 (9/1/12 - 8/31/13) on February 19, 2014. Download the printer-friendly CAPER to learn more.
  3. On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, following a public hearing and comment period, the Council approved an amendment to the 2013 CDBG Annual Action Plan for PY2013 (9/1/13 to 8/31/14). The amendment includes the proposed Section 108 Loan for a Downtown Safety Improvements project to provide alleyway lighting and State Avenue ADA access and sidewalk improvements. Downtown the amended PY2013 Action Plan (PDF) to learn more.

Other Housing & Social Services Activities:

The City provides some direct funding for homeless services through the CDBG Program and also participates in the Countywide HOME Consortium which provides direct funding for homeless services. The City also works closely with the County Homeless Coordinator as well as some services providers like Interfaith Works. Download recent printer-friendly versions of their presentations on 1) Low-Barrier Shelter; and, 2) The People's House

The City Housing Program also contracts with the County to conduct the annual Point in Time Homeless Census and produces the annual Homeless Census Report that presents information on who’s homeless and why along with a current listing of available homeless and housing resources.

Health & Human Services Council (HHSC)

The City of Olympia is part of the Health & Human Services Council (previously known as the Human Services Review Council - HSRC), which is an intergovernmental body that coordinates social service funding allocations from four local bodies of government: Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County. HHSC provides a unified approach that promotes regional responsibility for providing funding for social service needs.

2012 Interlocal Agreement replaced the 1982 Intergovernmental Agreement which set protocols for receiving, evaluating, and granting funds to eligible nonprofit organizations for 2013. Goals for the HHSC are to review local best practices to develop an effective, efficient and predictable administration protocol that supports the HHSC Committee to review local needs assessments, develop a citizen participation process, release annual RFPs consistent with funding goals, conduct a review process based on funding goals and selection criteria, award funding and repeat cycle. 

Current HHSC Allocations

More information about specific social service programs is available upon request by emailing Anna Schlecht, Housing Program Manager.

Former HSRC Allocations  

For a review of HSRC allocations for social service programs, please click on the funding year. 

City of Olympia Programs

The City offers a tax-exemption for multi-family housing projects in specific areas. Learn more about the Tax Exemption Program


Find contact information and links to housing assistance offered with the region, by the State of Washington, and by various US departments. Learn more about regional, state, and national programs