Department of Commerce

2019-21 Housing Trust Fund

40000036

The current supply of low-income housing units is not sufficient to house low-income, vulnerable individuals and families. Funding is provided to build approximately 2,500 affordable, innovative housing units to serve a broad spectrum of vulnerable populations, including individuals with chronic mental illness who need supportive housing and case management services; homeless families; youth and individuals; veterans; farmworkers; seniors; and individuals with special needs. This funding also includes $10 million to preserve approximately 670 aging affordable housing units to continue to serve low-income and vulnerable individuals and families and $10 million to create approximately 156 units of net-zero or passive affordable housing.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 120,000,000 480,000,000 600,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 130,000,000
Funds: State Taxable Building Construction Account - Bonds 470,000,000

Pacific Tower Capital Improvements

40000037

Funding is provided for the Department of Commerce to pay for capital improvement costs associated with the proportional use of the campus, as specified in the lease agreement with the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 1,020,000 5,311,000 6,331,000
Funds: State Taxable Building Construction Account - Bonds 6,331,000

Public Works Board

40000038

The Public Works Board is directed by chapter 43.155 RCW to administer the Public Works Assistance Account (PWAA) and provide financial and technical assistance to local governments. The PWAA provides financial assistance in the form of low or no interest loans to local governments to repair, replace or rehabilitate bridges, roads, sanitary sewer systems, domestic water systems, storm sewer systems and solid waste/recycling systems.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 130,000,000 0 130,000,000
Funds: Public Works Assistance Account - State 130,000,000

2019-21 Building for the Arts

40000039

RCW 43.63A.750 requires the Department of Commerce to submit a list of competitively selected projects for the Building for the Arts to the Governor and Legislature each biennium. Funding is provided for 14 nonprofit organizations for performing arts, art museums and cultural facilities projects statewide.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 12,000,000 48,000,000 60,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 60,000,000

2019-21 Community Economic Revitalization Board

40000040

Under chapter 43.160 RCW, the Department of Commerce and Community Economic Revitalization Board provide low-cost infrastructure financing and site-specific planning funds to local governments, special purpose districts and federally recognized Indian tribes to attract and retain private businesses, create permanent private jobs and promote community economic development. Funding is provided for projects to assist communities with financing publicly-owned economic development infrastructure improvements to encourage new business development and expansion.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 8,600,000 34,400,000 43,000,000
Funds: Public Facility Construction Loan Revolving Account - State 43,000,000

2019-21 Youth Recreational Facilities Grants

40000041

The Youth Recreational Facilities Program is a competitive grant program that funds capital recreational projects for nonprofit organizations. Capital projects must feature an indoor youth recreational component and a supporting social service or educational component. RCW 43.63A.135 requires the Department of Commerce to submit a list of competitively selected projects to the Governor and Legislature each biennium. Funding is provided for 14 nonprofit organizations for recreational projects that feature an indoor youth recreational component and a supporting social service or educational component.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 4,130,000 20,000,000 24,130,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 24,130,000

Clean Energy Transition 4

40000042

The Clean Energy Fund program was established in the 2013-15 biennium. Funding is provided to benefit the public through the development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technologies that save energy and reduce energy costs, reduce harmful air emissions or otherwise increase energy independence for the state.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 40,000,000 160,000,000 200,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 50,000,000
Funds: State Taxable Building Construction Account - Bonds 150,000,000

2019-21 Building Communities Fund Program

40000043

The Building Communities Fund is a competitive grant program providing nonprofit organizations with capital funding for social service and multipurpose community centers. RCW 43.63A.125 requires the Department of Commerce to submit a project list proposed for the Building Communities Fund program to the Governor and Legislature every biennium. Funding is provided for 25 eligible projects that involve the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of a nonresidential facility or facilities, and must be located in a distressed community or serve a substantial number of low-income or disadvantaged persons.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 19,837,000 80,000,000 99,837,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 99,837,000

2019-21 Early Learning Facilities

40000044

House Bill 1777 established the Early Learning Facilities grant and loan program in 2017. The goal of the program is to increase high-quality early learning opportunities for low-income children and to address a severe shortage of early learning facility slots that are necessary to meet the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) to become an entitlement program by the 2022-23 school year. This funding will produce additional early learning slots for eligible organizations as defined in RCW 43.31.575 that will position the state to meet the legislative mandate for ECEAP entitlement.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 12,362,000 8,000,000 20,362,000
Funds: Early Learning Facilities Revolving Account - State 20,362,000

2019-21 Early Learning Facilities-School Districts

40000046

House Bill 1777 established the Early Learning Facilities grant and loan program in 2017. The goal of the program is to increase high-quality early learning opportunities for low-income children and to address a severe shortage of early learning facility slots that are necessary to meet the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) to become an entitlement program by the 2022-23 school year. This funding is provided for nine school districts to produce additional ECEAP slots in order to meet the legislative mandate for ECEAP entitlement by the 2022-23 school year.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 4,186,000 0 4,186,000
Funds: Early Learning Facilities Development Account - State 4,186,000

2019-21 Weatherization

40000048

The Home Energy Affordability Gap 2017 (report for Washington state) estimated that over 300,000 households need weatherization services in the state. This funding will continue the Weatherization Plus Health Matchmaker Program's statewide investment in clean energy, positive health outcomes and preservation of affordable housing. These homes include hard-to-reach markets, including rental, multi-family units and medically vulnerable households. This funding will leverage approximately $14 million in utility funding for a total investment of $34 million and will improve the energy efficiency, health and safety of approximately 4070 low income and vulnerable households. This funding also includes $5.0 million for grants for the Washington State University energy extension community energy efficiency program to support homeowners, tenants and small business owners to make sound energy efficiency investments by providing consumer education and marketing, workforce support via training and lead generation, and direct consumer incentives for upgrades to existing homes and small commercial buildings.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 25,000,000 100,000,000 125,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 125,000,000

2019-21 Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants Program

40000049

Many facilities owned and occupied by state agencies, state higher education institutions, K-12 school districts and local governments were constructed prior to state energy codes or practices that encouraged energy conservation. Over the last 20 years, energy efficiency technologies have improved and can offer facilities significant efficiency opportunities when replacing outdated or non-serviceable equipment. In addition, all state agencies must meet Executive Order 18-01 issued by the Governor. This funding will improve the energy efficiency of existing public facilities and street lighting, and help install solar technologies to reduce energy demand and costs, and reduce Washington's carbon footprint. This project supports construction industry jobs across the state and helps the state lead by example in building a clean energy future.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 25,000,000 100,000,000 125,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 125,000,000

K-12 Net Zero Energy Schools

40000050

As part of the state's climate action commitments, the Department of Commerce is charged to administer this new competitive grant fund for the development of net zero energy schools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This funding is provided to develop and implement model school designs that meet state carbon emission reduction goals in collaboration with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and school administrators.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 5,000,000 40,000,000 45,000,000
Funds: State Taxable Building Construction Account - Bonds 45,000,000

Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program

40000052

Substandard housing has a negative impact on residents of rural communities in Washington. Many people, including seniors and disabled persons living in poverty, have equity in their homes but lack the financial resources to borrow against their homes to keep up with necessary maintenance. This program will provide deferred payment loans to rural property owners to pay for the cost of rehabilitation and repair of their homes. It stabilizes housing for people at risk of losing their homes, or who live in deteriorating, unhealthy homes. It is a cost-effective alternative to building new housing.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 5,000,000 20,000,000 25,000,000
Funds: State Taxable Building Construction Account - Bonds 25,000,000

2019-21 Behavioral Health Capacity Grants

40000114

Funding is provided for Behavioral Health Capacity grants, including $5 million for pilot projects with criteria similar to the Housing Trust Fund.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 110,000,000 0 110,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 110,000,000

Grants for Affordable Housing Development Connections

40000115

The lack of sufficient safe and affordable housing results from not only traditional barriers to housing such as untreated behavioral health conditions, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence and poverty, but also due to insufficient siting and construction of new affordable housing, which is a multi-year trend. This funding will expand buildable land footprints by providing grants to local governments to reduce the costs of developing affordable housing. This funding will incentivize housing developers to continue to develop affordable housing for low-income Washingtonians.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 10,000,000 0 10,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 10,000,000

2020 Local and Community Projects

40000116

The Local/Community Projects Program was established by the Legislature in 2003. Funding is provided for El Centro De la Raza, Southwest Washington Regional Agricultural Business Park, Snohomish County Regional Apprenticeship Pathways, and Pregnant and Parenting Women Services to construct, renovate or retrofit, and add ADA upgrades or purchase equipment at their facilities.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 3,750,000 0 3,750,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 3,750,000

Washington Broadband Program

40000117

Access to broadband is increasingly critical to full participation in society and the modern economy. Washingtonians rely on internet service to access health care and essential services, obtain education and build careers. Broadband access helps first responders provide services to residents in the event of an emergency, and helps to ensure public safety. Funding is provided to acquire, install and construct open-access middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure that support broadband services, and for strategic planning for deploying broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 25,000,000 80,000,000 105,000,000
Funds: Statewide Broadband Account - State 105,000,000

Early Learning Facilities-Expansion

40000119

Funding is provided to increase early learning facility slots beyond the entitlement mandate and to expand the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program with targeted wraparound services to families with income between 110-200% of the federal poverty level.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 5,000,000 4,900,000 9,900,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 9,900,000

2019-21 Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Capacity Grants

40000124

Dependent children with high acuity behavioral and mental health needs require robust and consistent behavioral rehabilitation services in order to address their needs and ensure stable, permanent outcomes. Funding is provided to renovate or construct an additional 24 beds for children receiving behavioral rehabilitation services.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 2,000,000 0 2,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 2,000,000