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File #: 20-0936    Version: 1
Type: discussion Status: Filed
File created: 11/6/2020 In control: Planning Commission
Agenda date: 11/16/2020 Final action: 11/16/2020
Title: Discussion of Current and Potential Affordable Housing Programs and Incentives
Attachments: 1. MRSC Affordable Housing Webpage


Discussion of Current and Potential Affordable Housing Programs and Incentives


Recommended Action

Presentation and discussion only. No action requested.




Discuss existing and potential affordable housing programs within the City of Olympia and potential affordable housing programs and incentives in the future.


Staff Contact:

Cary Retlin, Housing Programs Manager, Community Planning and Development, 360.570.3956



Cary Retlin, City of Olympia


Background and Analysis:

At a previous meeting Planning Commission members requested that staff provide a background on affordable housing programs that the city administers.


This presentation will include an overview of city housing programs and services that the city administers, the status and challenges of those programs, and areas for opportunity for Olympia.


Topics covered in this presentation and discussion will include:

                     Home Fund Levy funded project status

                     Multifamily Tax Incentive (MFTE)

                     Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

                     Impact Fee Abatement Program

                     Homeless Response

                     Mitigation Site

                     Plum Street Village and faith-based tiny homes

                     Property acquisition

                     Racial equity in housing

                     Supportive and Affordable Housing (funded by new ‘HB 1406’ revenue)

                     Update on the new Regional Housing Council

                     Renter protections

                     One Community: Healthy, Safe, Housed plan

                     Planned and potential next steps to grow affordable housing opportunity 


Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):

Access to affordable housing and siting of development related to affordable housing is of high interest to businesses, neighborhoods, and the community at large.



N/A Discussion only


Financial Impact:




MRSC Affordable Housing Webpage