Vancouver awarded nearly $3.5 million in state grants for affordable housing

February 2, 2024

The City of Vancouver has been awarded $3,487,233 in state grants for four affordable housing projects, the Washington Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday. The funding is expected to help create nearly 230 units of essential housing in the city. 

The breakdown of grant amounts for each project is as follows:

Datepark Residence – 72 units – $2 million

Datepark Residence will be a 72-unit apartment complex that will offer affordable housing to households experiencing low income in Vancouver. The project will consist of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in the Harney Heights neighborhood of East Vancouver.

Parkhouse Vista – 20 3-bedroom homes for homeownership opportunities – $54,488

Parkhouse Vista, will provide home ownership opportunities to low-income homebuyers through a community land trust organized by Proud Ground and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.

Lincoln Place II – 40 units – $492,299

Lincoln Place II is a planned permanent supportive housing development in the Esther Short neighborhood. The project will consist of 40 studio units and onsite, wraparound services for people exiting homelessness. 

Waterfront Gateway – 95 units – $940,486

Waterfront Gateway will be a 95-unit housing development located in downtown Vancouver, including a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom units for households experiencing low income. The project is a part of the City’s Waterfront Gateway masterplan that will provide greater connectivity between the Waterfront and the historic downtown core.

The grants are part of the Department of Commerce’s Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program (CHIP), which granted a total of $47 million to 43 projects throughout the state. The program’s goal is to help build more housing units more quickly by covering upfront costs of infrastructure and connecting housing to municipal systems.

“These CHIP awards will lower the cost to develop a wide range of much-needed housing in our market,” said Patrick Quinton, City Economic Development Director. “The funding supports housing development with wraparound services for tenants that have very low income and need extra supports after exiting homelessness, all the way to affordable homeownership development for first-time homebuyers that will be able to start building generational wealth.”

The projects will provide much-needed housing, contribute to Vancouver’s economic growth and stability, and help create a more inclusive and equitable community. 

For more information on the Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program, please visit the Department of Commerce’s website.


Media contact: Tim Becker, Strategic Communications Manager, tim.becker@cityofvancouver.us