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 Year 2013 CAPER Available for Public Review and Comment/Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Olympia's Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2013 (September 1, 2013 thru August 31, 2014) is available for a 15-day public comment period from November 10, 2014 thru 9 AM November 26, 2014.

The CAPER is the annual report for the City of Olympia's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program implementation of the City's Consolidated Plan through proposed actions identified in the 2013 budget year's one-year action plan.  Copies of the report will be available at the Community Planning and Development Department, 601 4th Ave E, 2nd floor; Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE; or by calling 360.753.8436.

The City will hold a public hearing to take public comment on the CAPER on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, starting at 7 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers, 601 4th Ave E.  If you require accommodations to participate in this meeting, please call 360.753.8314, 24 hours in advance of the meeting and ask for the ADA Coordinator. For the hearing impaired, please call 360.753.8270 during normal business hours to be connected via a TTY machine or use the Washington State Relay Service by dialing 7.1.1, or 1.800.833.6384.

CDBG Program News:

Call for Proposals:  Downtown Business Safety Projects
Proposal Deadline:  5 PM, December 1, 2014

The City of Olympia is requesting proposals for the Downtown Business Safety Program, also known as the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Program.  The intent of the program is to fund projects that make downtown Olympia a safer and more welcoming place for all.  To learn more, please view the following links:

The PY 2014 Action Plan, which runs from September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015, serves as the blueprint for how Olympia will invest CDBG funds to address high-priority local needs and benefit the community in the second year of the five-year (2013-2017) Consolidated Plan period.  

Other Housing & Social Services Activities:

The City provides some direct funding for homeless services through the Community Investment Partnership 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 other community stakeholders. 

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 is homeless and why, along with a current listing of available homeless and housing resources.

Health & Human Services Funding

Current Social Service Allocations

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

Prior Social Service 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