COVID-19

HDC is working with our members, allies and community partners to identify the impact this public health crisis will have on our collective mission to ensure all people in King County can access a safe, healthy and affordable home. The resilience, compassion, and innovation of our sector becomes more apparent each day. We are so proud to work alongside each of you.

 

Our COVID-19 resource page is updated regularly to share information relevant to the diverse roles our members play in the affordable housing “universe.”

⇒ Funding
⇒ Resources
⇒ Developers
⇒ Affordable Home Ownership
⇒ Owners & Operators
⇒ Human Service Providers
⇒ General Contractors
⇒ COVID-19 Advocacy


Recent COVID-19 Updates

July 13 – The effective reproductive number (Re) for King County is now at 1.4 (target is below 1). This means the outbreak is growing. See the latest key indicators & the full Pandemic Advisory Group update.

June 23 – Governor Inslee mandates facial coverings for all Washingtonians when in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor. More information about the order can be found here.

June 23 – King County Council passed new protections for renters during COVID-19 crisis.

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June 2 – King, Pierce, and Snohomish County enter modified Phase 1. Learn more here.

May 22 – Governor Inslee released announced additional counties are eligible to move to Phase 2 under the Safe Start plan.

May 15 – HEROES Act which incorporates Rep. Heck’s Emergency Rental Assistance Legislation is passed by the House.

May 12 – Launch of a statewide contact tracing plan that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.

May 8 – Local governments poised to receive nearly $300 million in COVID-19 relief. Read more here.

May 4 – FHFA says borrowers won’t have to pay lump sum at end of forbearance.

May 1 – Governor Inslee extends stay-at-home order through May 31 and reveals 4-phase plan to reopen Washington.

April 29 – Governor Inslee issues additional guidance for construction projects while allowing a phased restart of low-risk construction activities that adhere to strict new COVID-19 Job Site Requirements. The City of Seattle has issued health and safety guidelines for construction projects seeking inspections.

April 16 – Governor Inslee extends eviction moratorium through June 4, including bans on late fees, bans rent increases, and covers several additional situations that will greatly protect tenants.

April 13 – Governor Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers.

April 9 – Municipal Liquidity Facility: Short-Term Financing Resource for State & local governments is launched. Read more here.

April 3 – Seattle Mayor Durkan announces emergency legislation to keep housing and key projects safely moving forward during COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2 – First allocation of CARES Act funding is announced. 

March 31 – Governer Inslee and DFI leaders announce new guidance for financial insitutions to support homeowners who are or may soon be struggling to pay their mortgages.

March 25 HDC received a Construction Guidance Memo from the Governor’s Office regarding the construction of affordable housing.

March 25 – U.S. Senate released Phase 3 of the “CARES” Act which includes $2.2 trillion in immediate relief funding. Check out this graphic from our friends at Up for Growth.

March 23 – Governor Inslee signed a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order closing all activities and businesses not deemed “essential”.

March 19 – WA Department of Commerce announces $30 million in funding immediately available. Applications are due by 5 pm on March 30. Read the announcement here.

March 18 – Governor Inslee issued a 30-day moratorium on residential evictions. More details about the executive order here.

March 18 – HUD authorized a 30-day moratorium on evictions and foreclosures of homes with FHA-insured mortgages. Read the authorization here.

March 18 Seattle Mayor Durkan signs emergency order halting evictions of small businesses and nonprofits.


Funding

Funding for Small Businesses
  • Community Development Financial Institutions including Craft3 and Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, provide liquidity and technical support services to vulnerable small businesses, including minority-owned small businesses.
  • HomeSight Small Business Support Grant – up to $5k for small businesses with five or less employees in SE Seattle. Funding will prioritized for women and minority owned businesses.
  • Capitol Hill Housing COVID-19 Resilience Fund – 100% of the funds received will be used to support the residents, small businesses, and vital work of Capitol Hill Housing impacted by the coronavirus. More information here

 

Funding for Community Organizations
  • The Coalition on Homelessness’s Solidarity Fund is available to organizations serving people who are experiencing homelessness in King County and that do not have access to alternate or adequate funds to meet an urgent need. WLIHA’s Solidarity Fund will support smaller organizations with limited resources outside King County.
  • WA State Student & Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response FundUsed entirely to support organizations and the young people that they serve. Support examples include financial assistance for housing, food, shelter, cleaning suppolies, personal protective equipment, and equipment for school and work.
  • LISC Rapid Relief Resilience Fund – Support for small businesses and community organizations. More information here.
  • Emergency Action for Resident & Partner Stability – Enterprise Community Partners is offering nonprofit partners a broad range of support. More information here. 
  • Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Respond Fund has shifted to its second phase. $6 million will be granted to community-based organizations that support the following priority areas: childcare, mental & behavioral health, and emergency financial assistance. Learn more. Applications are due May 29 – Apply HERE.

 

Funding for Individuals
  • WA Dept of Commerce announces $9 million in rental and energy assistance to serve an estimated 5,000 low and moderate income families across the state. More information here.
  • DSHS’s Community Services Division’s Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) is available for one month to all Washington families/people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligible other cash programs.
  • Verizon and The New York Times Company are giving high school students and teachers free access to NYTimes.com. Information can be found here. Verizon is also making premium education programming available over its wireless and wireline services.
  • Capitol Hill Housing COVID-19 Resilience Fund – 100% of the funds received will be used to support the residents, small businesses, and vital work of Capitol Hill Housing impacted by the coronavirus. More information here
  • Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County COVID-19 Resilience Fund – Support for families in danger of losing their homes and ensure that Habitat’s operations continue as planned in order to help address additional needs. More information here.
  • WeLoveMI, a COVID-19 relief campaign created by Mercer Islanders for Mercer Islanders.

Member Resilience Funds

  • Capitol Hill Housing COVID-19 Resilience Fund – 100% of the funds received will be used to support the residents, small businesses, and vital work of Capitol Hill Housing impacted by the coronavirus. More information here
  • Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County COVID-19 Resilience Fund – Support for families in danger of losing their homes and ensure that Habitat’s operations continue as planned in order to help address additional needs. More information here.
  • HomeSight Small Business Support Grant – up to $5,000 for small businesses with five or less employees in South East Seattle. Funding will prioritized for women and minority owned businesses.

City Specific Resources

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Resources

A new data dashboard by the King County Public Health shows the broader social, economic, and health impacts of COVID. You can read more about it on the Public Health Insider blog.

Pandemic Community Advisory Group – As a member of the PCAG, HDC staff collects and shares information on COVID-19 response in the Affordable Housing sector and serves in an advisory capacity for the COVID-19 Response Fund hosted by the Seattle Foundation.

Racial Equity Tools

Race, Equity, and Inclusion is the lens we aim to focus our efforts through each day. This is the time to emphasize this essential work. A deeper commitment is needed as research shows inequities are exacerbated during a time of crisis. Please take some time to join us in this work and let’s keep each other grounded in the need to disrupt oppression of all forms.

Racial Equity Tools, has put together a COVID-19 resource list. National Innovation Service created an Equitable Systems Transfomational Framework for COVID-19. 

If you’re aware of a resource that you don’t see included here, please reach out to Emma.


Developers

Housing production and preservation is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. HDC Affordable Housing Developers have shared concerns about the potential for major project development disruptions. We are working with partners across the sector to address these new challenges around permitting, fund commitment, supply chain shortage, contractor availability, rising costs of labor and materials, and potential adaptation of project timelines.

We are actively coordinating with allies at the local, state and federal levels to champion advocacy approaches that address these issues.

Resources:

COVID-19 guidance from Labor & Industries for Construction Companies


Affordable Home Ownership

Affordable Home Ownership Organizations play a critical role in returning equity to the hands of low- and moderate-income households in King County. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, HDC’s affordable home ownership members are committed to ensuring the families and individuals they partner with stay in their homes.

The priority concerns we have heard from members are: forbearance of mortgage, property tax and HOA dues, foreclosure prevention funding/counseling, supplemental income support, specific supports for older adults and people with disabilities to ensure they can remain in their homes.

Resources:

WA Home Ownership Resource Center 

WA Department of Financial Institutions – Resource list for homeowner support

City of Seattle Stability Loan Program a partnership between the Seattle Office of Housing and Homesight designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners in Seattle who face delinquent payments.

FHFA says borrowers won’t have to pay lump sum at end of forbearance

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria announced that borrowers in forbearance with a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgage are not required to repay missed payments in one lump sum.

FHFA’s announcement comes as new data from Black Knight shows that 6.4% of all mortgages, representing 3.4 million borrowers, are now in forbearance plans. The percentage of mortgages in forbearance is even higher—almost one in ten—for borrowers with mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Calabria said his first priority is ensuring that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac survive the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19.

Contact the WA Home Ownership Resource Center to get started (877) 894-4663.


Owners & Operators

HDC members who own and operate affordable housing communities across King County are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. Mitigating the impact of the virus on residents, staff and management remains the highest priority. Many have adapted their typical models of service delivery and have expressed concerns around increased costs, coupled with significant loss of rental revenue.

HDC is working to amplify the recognition of both short and long-term challenges affordable housing owners & operators face to ensure a comprehensive policy response is delivered by each tier of government.

Resources:

King County Public Health published COVID-19 guidance specific to Owners & Operators.


Human Service Providers

We understand COVID-19 has significant impacts on our members’ service delivery. Many human service providers shared challenges with increased costs associated with cleaning, shelter capacity, staffing challenges, and a strain on behavioral health interventions. We are working on helping the critical nature of the services our members provide and the resilience being shown during this time.

COVID-19 Testing sites in King County (updated April 1)

 

HDC Member Promising Practice: DESC’s new COVID Response Team of existing medical and program staff provided rapid support to staff and clients, and coordinated closely with King County Public Health to do a thorough assessment and make sure all clients and staff are cared for. They are relocating 200 shelter guests from our largest congregate settings into a hotel in Renton.

 

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General Contractors

HDC facilitates a weekly check-in meeting, to provide an opportunity for updates, sharing promising practices, most recent compliance requirements, and strategies to attain as well as troubleshoot impediments and challenges. HDC is also brokering connections to supply of critical needs such as hand sanitizer.

Every two weeks, HDC convenes architects, developers, and general contractor members to provide an opportunity for sharing of learning how construction projects are evolving and challenges that need to be confronted. Reach out to Loren for more information.

Governor Inslee’s Construction Working Group Recommendations can be found here.


Public Health Updates

To share your perspectives, please contact your member representative or reach out to Emma for more information.