SODO Rental Rehabilitation Program Updates:
Today we sent out emails to inform those who submitted information to our second round of information request that one or more, or none of their submitted properties were selected. Those with selected unit(s) will be contacted in the coming days where we will share which units were selected and weeks to schedule a meeting in January to review your proposed work, and discuss program details. Those units that were not will be kept on file and automatically reconsidered in the next round in 2023. If you prefer not to be reconsidered, please respond to the e-mail and ask that your application be withdrawn.
More about the selection process will be shared in the future.
Thank you for your interest in the South of Downtown Organization Rental Rehab Grant Program. We just wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with our selection process - we received the first round of applications and had over 2,000 units apply for the program. We decided to send out a second round of applications to gather some more detailed information about the units. That effort results in approx 1,500 units (i.e., we removed units outside of the target area, some didn't apply, others withdrew etc.)
We have now used this additional information and narrowed the selection down to about 250 units based on location, affordability, cost, investment, lead paint, and other factors. We are working to narrow the selection down to 100 units which will be the first group of units we plan to award the grant money to. This decision was planned to be made on November 17th but we are needing some more time in order to process and make our final decisions.
We plan to notify everyone as soon as decisions are made and we hope to be able to continue to receive grant money for this program so that we can provide funds to even more of our applicants in the future. Additionally, we are considering providing some information about the type of homes that made the second round process and the final selection for our first year.
We are meeting on Dec 2nd, and hope to have an update after that meeting. Please continue to check this page for further updates.
We appreciate your interest in the SODO Rental Rehabilitation Program.
Thank you for checking back. We have received several questions about who was selected and the selection process. As noted above we shared we were working to select a smaller pool for our first round of funding. We contacted the owners of approximately 150 units and are still working with them to finalize grant agreement documents. We want to emphasize this was a selection process and not a simple formula. For example, most of the units we choose to select were 100+ years old, these units also agreed to work with other funding sources (i.e., LES, Black Hills, Lead Grants etc.), many committed to extend years of affordability, among other criteria. All finalist sites were review onsite by a number of reviewers.
On Thursday January 12th. The Mayor held a press conference on this program. You can view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpjGaoOAIy4
Once a final list of units is finished we will post that here.
Going forward, we are working to open the next selection round in August. We'll keep in contact with existing applicant owners and reach out to new ones as well.