City of Yakima

“We’re Here to Help”

Our Mission is to assist in developing a viable community by providing decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

Our goals to accomplish this mission are as follows:

  • Provide customer service in a timely, courteous and efficient manner.
  • Inform the public of various programs available to meet their needs by coordinating our efforts with other departments and divisions.
  • Provide staff assistance and counsel to our bilingual community.
  • Assist in the development of opportunities for first time home ownership, by providing technical assistance and/or partnering non-profit agencies in the creation of new, affordable homes or the rehabilitation of existing houses.
  • Assist eligible homeowners in the maintenance and rehabilitation of their homes by providing inspections, reasonable designs, cost estimates and detailed specifications for each project.
  • Administer the bid process, assist in the selection of qualified contractors and prepare construction documents.
  • Monitor construction progress and be the liaison between the homeowner and contractor.
  • Provide counsel/printed documents in tenant/landlord problems with referrals as needed.
  • Determine level of environmental review as required by CFR 24 58 per activity.
  • Provide support for various committees in expanding economic opportunities in the City of Yakima.
  • Work with both title companies and lenders and the home buyers on various loan programs, determine affordability, and submit loan packages, with continuous maintenance of documents.