Notice of Public Posting and Hearing: HCV Administrative Plan Revisions – Draft January 2023

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Plan Revisions

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Spokane Housing Authority Board of Commissioners invites SHA clients, residents, landlords, and the general public to attend a PUBLIC HEARING on a revised draft of SHA’s HCV Administrative Plan on January 23rd, 2023 at 3:30 P.M. at 25 W. Nora Ave., Spokane.

A copy of the plan is available starting on 11/18/2022 for review at www.spokanehousing.org.

Public Comments may be submitted in writing to:

  • By mail to “HCV Admin Plan Comments – SHA”, 25 W. Nora Ave, Spokane, WA 99205
  • By FAX to (509) 323-2364
  • By email to pparr@spokanehousing.org
  • Or at the scheduled Public Hearing

Free Parking and accessibility for the disabled is available. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting, please contact Amanda at 509-252-7125 or acarpentier@spokanehousing.org.

Notice of Waiting List Openings For Project Based Voucher Program Units

As of November 2nd, 2022 at 8:00 am, the Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) will open the waiting lists for the following project based voucher (PBV) units located at the following projects:

  • Agnes Kehoe Place 5313 N. Regal, Spokane, WA, 25 1-bedrooms; Accessible
  • Alexandria Apartments 623 S. Howard, Spokane, WA; 4 1-bedrooms; 1 2 bedrooms; Not Accessible
  • Arrowleaf Village 380 S. Aspen St., Airway Heights, WA; 4 1-bedroom, 4 2-bedroom; 1 3-bedroom; Accessible
  • Casas Salvadas 1314 W Maxwell Ave., Spokane, WA; 1 1-bedroom; 1 3-bedroom; Not accessible
  • Casas Salvadas 1420 N. Post, Spokane, WA; 1 1-bedroom; Accessible
  • Pearl on Adams 173 S. Adams St., Spokane, WA; 19 1-bedroom; Accessible
  • Summit View 820 N. Summit Blvd., Spokane, WA; 5 1-bedroom; 16 2-bedroom; 5 3-bedroom; Not accessible
  • Parsons, 108 S. Jefferson Street, Spokane, WA; 46 1-bedroom; 4 2-bedroom; Accessible

Please keep in mind that certain eligibility requirements apply, you can find these criteria on our website at www.spokanehousing.org.

You can access the Pre-Application for all above properties:

  • Directly on our website at www.spokanehousing.org
  • At 25 W. Nora Ave., Spokane, WA 99205
  • At the property’s location and visiting the property’s leasing office at the addresses above
  • By contacting the SHA office at (509) 328-2953 for information on how to apply
  • By emailing SHA Customer Service at customerservice@spokanehousing.org for assistance

The waiting list will close on November 20th at 11:59pm.

Spokane Housing Authority Executive Director Awarded NAHRO Fellowship

Spokane Housing Authority Executive Director Awarded NAHRO Fellowship

(Spokane, WA – October 12, 2022) – The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) is honored to announce its Executive Director, Pamela Parr, has been named a 2022 Fellow by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Parr is one of just seven selected nationwide for the fellowship, which recognizes housing professionals’ achievements and actions to improve housing within their community.

Parr was officially recognized during NAHRO’s 2022 National Conference, which took place September 22-24 in San Diego, California. She joins an esteemed group of 40 NAHRO Fellows awarded since the inception of the Fellows Program in 2007. The Fellowship Program was established to honor NAHRO members for their accumulated wisdom and demonstrated mastery in the field.

Fellowship nominees are evaluated based on achievements and sustained contributions in policy, practice, education and training, mentoring, governance, research, and volunteerism. NAHRO Fellows serve as mentors and impart their knowledge to leaders of public housing agencies (PHAs) across the US. Fellows also play an important role in steering NAHRO membership development, conferences, and other program activities.

Pamela Parr states, “It’s an honor to be selected by my colleagues to join this respected group of mentors at the forefront of housing innovation. At SHA we work to cultivate excellence in all that we do; through new staff training, collaboration with local partners, or expanding services and housing supply. This fellowship recognizes SHA’s impact in our community and nationwide.”

Established in 1933, NAHRO is a membership organization of more than 19,500 housing and community development providers and professionals throughout the US. NAHRO members create and manage affordable housing for low- and middle-income families and support vibrant communities to enhance the quality of life for all. NAHRO members administer more than 3 million homes for more than 8 million people nationwide.

Link to the Press Release

Notice of Public Posting and Hearing: SHA’s Proposed 2023 Annual Plan and MTW Supplement

The Spokane Housing Authority’s (SHA’s) draft 2023 Annual Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan & Moving to Work (MTW) Supplement is now available for public review and comments. Please see the notice below for more information on the proposed changes and how you can get involved in shaping the future of SHA.

ABOUT THE DRAFT

As a new MTW agency effective January 1, 2023, the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requires that SHA submit the Annual PHA Plan as well as an MTW Supplement, which includes additional attachments and supporting documentation. In accordance with HUD public process requirements and MTW communication best practices, SHA aligned proposed changes into a streamlined version for public review. This easy-to-read version includes the proposed Annual Plan, draft MTW Supplement, and all other required attachments and information.

As of August 28, 2022, the draft plan is available for review online at spokanehousing.org and through a link on SHA’s Facebook page. For more information on SHA’s Moving To Work demonstration program, please visit spokanehousing.org/mtw.

Following a period of public comment and public hearing, a final draft will be submitted to HUD by October 15, 2022, for an effective date of January 1, 2023.

SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. SHA welcomes your feedback and now provides multiple ways to share comments and make your voice heard.

To provide public comments online, please visit spokanehousing.org and fill out the “SHA Speaks Feedback Online Form.” Written comments can also be sent electronically via email to mtw@spokanehousing.org or by fax to (509) 323-2364. You may also drop off written comments to the following address:

ATTN: SHA Public Comment
25 W. Nora Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205

ATTEND A PUBLIC HEARING

You can also give your comments live at the public hearing on SHA’s 2023 Annual Plan & MTW Supplement during SHA’s Special Board Meeting on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. (please visit the Special Board Meeting’s Event page at spokanehousing.org).

SHA invites all clients, tenants, landlords, and the general public to attend the hearing either in-person at the SHA Board Room (25 W. Nora Ave., Spokane, WA 99205), virtually via Microsoft Teams (meeting link available at spokanehousing.org) or via conference call [dial (509) 703-5933 and enter Conference ID# (available on the Special Board Meeting’s Event page at spokanehousing.org)].

SHA provides free onsite parking and accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities (25 W. Nora Ave., Spokane, WA 99205). To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please call (509) 252-7125 or email mtw@spokanehousing.org up to 48 hours in advance of the posted meeting date and time.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions on SHA’s draft 2023 Annual Plan & MTW Supplement or the upcoming public hearing, please contact SHA Policy Analyst, Meghan Regis at mregis@spokanehousing.org or (509) 252-7107.

Spokane Housing Authority to Celebrate “50 Years of Service”

(Spokane, WA – May 27, 2022) – This week, Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) is pleased to announce an event commemorating SHA’s 50 years of providing affordable housing to the community.

Originally established by the City of Spokane in 1972, SHA was founded to address citizen concerns and improve housing conditions within City limits. SHA expanded to serve a larger area, including the balance of Spokane County; as well as Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, and Ferry Counties. Over the past half-century, SHA has grown from just a few units of public housing in the City of Spokane to more than 6,000 households enrolled in affordable housing programs across Eastern Washington.
Pamela Parr, SHA’s Executive Director, states, “Our 50th anniversary would not be possible without the dedication of generations of employees and community volunteers on SHA’s Board of Commissioners. Their commitment and contributions from partner organizations are critical to our ability to provide housing opportunities in our region.”

SHA operates the third-largest US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV, or “Section 8”) program in the state, and manages a large portfolio of affordable housing communities. Year after year, HUD ranks SHA a “High Performer” for excellence in HCV quality and service.

Besse Bailey, SHA’s Board Chair and Mountain West Bank’s Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Manager, affirms, “We know affordable housing is a crucial element of any thriving community and that stable housing is transformational. A home is not just built on a foundation; it is the foundation that supports every other opportunity. The SHA team is dedicated to ensuring our community has access to safe, healthy, affordable homes for many years to come.”

SHA will celebrate its 50th anniversary by hosting a “50 Years of Service” open house event at their new headquarters, 25 W. Nora Ave., Spokane, WA 99205. All are welcome to attend the open house on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A ceremony with remarks from local leaders will be held at 1:30 p.m. and office tours will be available after the ceremony.
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Landlord Incentives Cohort Program Admission

(Spokane, WA.) 2/4/2022 – On January 27, 2022, Spokane Housing Authority received notification from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of its selection for admission into the Landlord Incentives Cohort of the Moving to Work (MTW) Demonstration Program. Executive Director Pam Parr reacted to the notification stating, “This is a big win for the communities we serve. The application process was tough, with only 28 other agencies being selected to participate nationwide. We are thrilled that SHA will have access to the key strategies and flexibilities offered through the MTW Demonstration Program.”

Shared in HUD Seattle Regional Offices newsletter on January 27th, “As Moving to Work marks 25 years, we are pleased to announce the latest cohort of local housing authorities that will join this program to test new housing strategies,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “These agencies have put forth impressive plans to further support housing choices for people in their communities, including innovative ways to engage landlords, who are critical partners in delivering HUD’s rental assistance program.”

The MTW designation provides statutory and regulatory flexibility to participating public housing agencies under three statutory objectives.  Those three objectives are: to reduce cost and achieve greater cost-effectiveness in Federal expenditures; to give incentives to families with children whose heads of household are either working, seeking work or are participating in job training, education or other programs that assist in obtaining employment and becoming economically self-sufficient; and to increase housing choices for low-income families.

This Landlord Incentive Cohort of MTW is designed to test and evaluate the impact of incentives offered to landlords when they choose to rent to individuals and families with voucher rental assistance. SHA’s MTW application plan includes ideas such as vacancy payments, pre-qualifying unit inspections, new and welcome back bonuses, and bonuses for landlords renting units to voucher participants in areas of opportunity. While SHA is required to test the specific landlord incentives, an MTW designation also provides a 20-year contract allowing SHA to utilize other statutory and regulatory flexibilities to design and implement innovative local housing solutions.

In the next few weeks Pam and her staff will begin to negotiate the specific MTW contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and start community outreach activities to gather ideas and feedback about the specific landlord incentives to be implemented.  For more information about MTW programs, please go to www.hud.gov/MTW.

SHA’s mission is “To collaborate to create and sustain quality affordable housing options that support people to have better, healthier, and more satisfying lives.”

You can also connect with SHA at www.spokanehousing.org or on Facebook.

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