Submitted by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell

After the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law last Friday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced the state of Washington, as well as cities and counties throughout the state, will receive a combined total of more than $52 million in funding for critical housing programs. 

The housing funding comes from three housing programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. In total, thirty-one cities and counties, as well as the state, will receive funding.

Major recipients include the state of Washington, which will receive $17,646,363; the city of Seattle, which will receive $8,896,332; King County, which will receive $4,307,797; the city of Spokane, which will receive $2,982,048; Pierce County, which will receive $2,777,214; Snohomish County, which will receive $2,744,524; and the city of Tacoma, which will receive $2,246,556.

NameCDBG FundingESG FundingHOPWA FundingTOTAL Funding
Anacortes$68,183  $68,183
Auburn$371,805  $371,805
Bellevue$489,623  $489,623
Bellingham$495,646  $495,646
Bremerton$268,383  $268,383
East Wenatchee$83,927  $83,927
Everett$534,121  $534,121
Federal Way$432,622  $432,622
Kennewick$401,340  $401,340
Kent$670,541  $670,541
Lakewood$350,611  $350,611
Longview$196,344  $196,344
Marysville$226,637  $226,637
Mount Vernon$225,849  $225,849
Olympia$237,383  $237,383
Pasco$434,166  $434,166
Richland$197,543  $197,543
Spokane$1,990,689$991,359 $2,982,048
Tacoma$1,487,278$759,278 $2,246,556
Vancouver$769,471  $769,471
Walla Walla$235,640  $235,640
Wenatchee$139,593  $139,593
Yakima$602,216  $602,216
Clark County$890,013  $890,013
King County$3,343,731$964,066 $4,307,797
Kitsap County$641,438  $641,438
Pierce County$1,868,635$908,579 $2,777,214
Snohomish County$1,830,114$914,410 $2,744,524
Spokane County$970,961  $970,961
Thurston County$717,852  $717,852
Washington state$7,720,383$9,748,945$177,035$17,646,363

More information on the grant programs is available HERE. Washington state is expected to receive additional funds for housing programs in the coming weeks as a result of the CARES Act.

Senator Cantwell has long supported funding for HUD’s housing and homelessness grants, including the CDBG and HOPWA programs. She has also prioritized investment in affordable housing, helping to secure nearly $3 billion in additional affordable housing funding in March 2018 and introducing legislation in 2019 to increase investment in affordable housing and provide more resources and stronger protections for at-risk groups.

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