King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for community-driven affordable housing projects located in the Skyway-West Hill neighborhood (SWH). The Skyway $5 million Fund for Affordable Housing Requests for Proposals (RFP) is now open!
This RFP is the result of years of community organizing. Skyway advocates worked with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to successfully secure $5 million in King County’s 2021-22 Biennial Budget in the Housing and Community Development Fund.
King County DCHS and SWH residents, including a Community Advisory Committee, worked together over several months to co-develop the RFP. The primary objectives of the RFP are to:
- Invest in new affordable housing in SWH for residents vulnerable to displacement and community members who have been displaced.
- Align new affordable housing investments with the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-displacement Strategies Report recommendations.
- Invest in equitable and community-driven development projects that build wealth and financial stability in historically underserved communities.
- Provide seed funding to community-driven, affordable housing projects in the early stages of development and support community based organizations conducting Predevelopment and Acquisition, and/or Construction activities.
How to apply
Proposals can be submitted online via ZoomGrants or by email at DCHSContracts@kingcounty.gov. Deadline to submit proposals is 1:00 p.m. PST on Monday, March 28, 2022. Additional information on requirements and instructions can be found in the Library tab in ZoomGrants: bit.ly/Skyway5M
You can learn more about this funding opportunity in upcoming information sessions put on by the County. Details and registration information can be found here:
For questions or communication about the RFP: All questions, feedback, or inquiries related to the RFP should be directed to Joanna Armstrong, RFP Coordinator at DCHSContracts@kingcounty.gov