Housing Affordability and Supply

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Increasing the supply and diversity of housing types in the Urban Growth Area that is accessible to very low-, low- and middle-income households is a key priority of the Council. The 2024-2025 Biennial Budget works to achieve these goals by:  


o    Uses $1.3 million of ARPA funds for Eviction Prevention to help people stay in their homes by providing short-term rental and utility payment assistance to help stabilize families at risk of displacement. In addition, 10% of the funds are directed to improving the County’s portal, so applying for assistance is easier. 

o    Provides $2.75 million for the Pierce County Community Development Corporation to establish an Affordable Housing Development and Preservation Rapid Acquisition Program. Public funds will be available to provide low-interest revolving loans to rapidly assist nonprofit organizations with property purchases for affordable housing development or preservation.

o    Adds staff to the Assessor-Treasurer Office to help low-income senior citizens and service-disabled veterans apply for the state’s Property Tax Exemption program.  More than 40,000 seniors and veterans will become eligible for property tax reductions from recent changes in state law. New staff will help these low and fixed-income community members get the tax relief they need. 


Department or FundBudget Appropriation 
Service, Mission, and/or Purpose
Affordable and Supportive Housing Sales Tax Fund $7,031,220
Provide funding opportunities to service providers for Affordable Housing. The Human Services Department will use the County's Housing Action Strategy goals and strategies to guide recommendations. 
Affordable Housing Document Recording Fee Fund$3,496,170

Provide funding opportunities to service providers for Affordable Housing. The Human Services Department will work in consultation with the Pierce County 2060 Steering Committee and use the County's Housing Action Strategy goals and strategies to guide recommendations. 



Housing Notice of Funding Availability 2022 and 2023$9,319,300
Fund affordable housing projects awarded funding through Ordinance No. 2021-100s2
Vetted Housing Notice of Funding Availability 2021$4,400,000
Fund 2021 affordable housing projects awarded funding through Ordinance No. 2021-100s2
Eviction Prevention Legal Services$550,000

Provide professional civil legal services in the form of legal education, advice, representation, outreach and associated wraparound services in the area of landlord-tenant law to low-income County residents outside the Cities of Lakewood and Tacoma who are at risk of housing insecurity and homelessness.

Rental and Utility Assistance$1,300,300
Provide additional funding to 

provide rent and utility assistance for individuals in Pierce County at risk of eviction. 

Housing and Related Services Fund$99,816,060
Provide funding opportunities to service providers for Affordable Housing.
Miscellaneous Current Expense$2,750,000

establish a self-sustaining, affordable housing development and preservation rapid acquisition program to acquire land or real property for affordable housing development or preservation, or to provide low-interest revolving loans to rapidly assist nonprofit organizations with purchasing land or real property for affordable housing development or preservation.



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