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.
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.
Public Hearing Scheduled
Proposed Section 108 Downtown Safety Improvements Project:
The City of Olympia is considering whether to amend the CDBG Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2013 (Setpember 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014) to include spending $325,000 in CDBG funds for a Downtown Safety Improvements Project and will hold a Public Hearing on December 17, 2013. Learn more about the project and the upcoming Public Hearing.
Other CDBG Program News:
- The City of Olympia's Draft Consolidated Annual Performance Review (CAPER) for Program Year 2012 (9/1/12 - 8/31/13) is available for a 15-day public comment period, and the City will hold a Public Hearing on November 4, 2013. Download and review the PY2012 Draft CAPER and learn more about the Public Hearing scheduled November 4.
- The City held a Public Hearing on June 11, 2013 after soliciting community input on the City's CDBG Program draft Annual Action Plan and draft Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Program Year 2013 from June 1 through June 30, 2013. Review the final proposed plan.
- Review the 2013 CDBG Applications received for the CDBG PY2013 Request for Proposals, which closed May 7, 2013.
- The PY2013 RFP for Community Development Block Grant Funding Proposals was released on April 17, 2013.
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.
A 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