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Effective Implementation of Affordable Housing Programs

Concerning provisions to facilitate the effective implementation of programs for affordable housing, and, in connection therewith, adding annual reporting requirements by the division of housing concerning applications for affordable housing programs and money in and issued from the housing development grant fund; creating a process for reviewing and programs by the division of housing; making modifications to the "City Housing Law" to allow a city to own or lease and manage, operate, or maintain, or contract for management, operation, or maintenance of housing projects; and specifying the requirements for an application and annual reports for purposes of a property tax exemption for a community land trust or nonprofit affordable homeownership developer for property that has been subdivided.
2024 Regular Session
Local Government
State Government
Bill Summary

Under current law, the division of housing (division) within the department of local affairs must submit an annual public report on the funding of affordable housing preservation and production (public report). The bill requires the division to add to the public report information on applications for affordable housing programs that the division administers, including the number of applications approved, denied, and pending, the amount of money awarded from approved applications, and the amount of money applied for but not awarded from denied applications. The bill also requires the division to add to the public report information regarding money in the housing development grant fund, including amounts in the fund and the use of the money in the preceding year.

The bill also establishes procedures and timelines for the division to follow for affordable housing programs administered by the division. The bill requires that the division accept applications once a month or on a rolling basis and requires that the division review applications and issue any requests for additional information, forms, or questions to applicants within 10 calendar days of an application period closing. The division must either issue final decisions on applications or submit applications to the board of housing for final decision within 45 days following the submission of completed applications. If applications are submitted to the state housing board, the state housing board must make a final decision on an application within 15 days of receiving the application.

After a final decision approving an application, the division shall issue an award letter that includes information on the timeline for issuing money to the applicant, any terms for a loan or grant period, and any conditions that must be met before a contract in connection with the approval is executed. The division shall also provide a draft contract to the approved applicant within 30 days of the application being approved. Within 90 days of the division receiving a substantially complete post-award due diligence package from an approved applicant, the division shall execute any required contracts for the affordable housing program and send it to the approved applicant within 10 days of execution.

The bill also amends existing grant, loan, or other affordable housing programs administered by the division to require the application process to be followed for any applications submitted under these programs and requires any programs that have adopted policies, procedures, or guidelines for the application process to be amended if they are inconsistent with the application process established by the bill.

Under current law, a local government or tribal government desiring to receive funding from the statewide affordable housing fund or desiring to make affordable housing projects within its territorial boundaries eligible for funding from the statewide affordable housing fund must establish a baseline number of affordable housing units within its territorial boundaries every 3 years, beginning in 2024, and commit to increasing affordable housing units by 3% each year over the baseline number within that 3-year period (affordable housing unit requirements).

The bill allows a local government or tribal government to donate land to a community land trust or a nonprofit affordable homeownership developer for development as affordable homeownership property and receive a credit for the purposes of calculating whether the local government or the tribal government has met the affordable housing unit requirements for the year in which the land is donated. The credit is in the amount of one and one-half units per unit constructed on the donated land and is claimed when the building permits for the project have been approved by the applicable building authority. Additionally, a school district that donates land in the same manner may assign its credit to the local government or tribal government.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. L. Frizell, Rep. W. Lindstedt



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