Columbia Valley Housing Association is a non-profit organization that provides homeownership opportunities throughout Chelan and Douglas counties. Our programs include:
- Low-interest, deferred payment loans for down-payment assistance to low-income families and individuals
- New construction of affordable housing
- Community land trust properties
- Forgivable loans and grants for very low-income families.
Milestones & Major Funding
Columbia Valley Housing was created by staff and board members of the Housing Authority of Chelan and Douglas Counties to create more opportunities in our local area for low-income families to move out of rental situations and into homeownership.
1997: Planning begins for construction of the Eastview subdivision of 21 lots of affordable housing in South Wenatchee. Low-income families helped build their own homes using Self-Help Opportunities Program (SHOP) funding and down-payment assistance from Washington’s Department of Commerce.
2004: Construction is finished in Chelan on the Riverview subdivision with 16 lots of affordable housing for local working families no longer able to afford the skyrocketing housing prices in Chelan. Funding for the project came from Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and the Department of Commerce.
2007: City of Wenatchee awards $250,000 in CDBG funds to develop a Community Land Trust Program. Six very low-income families realize their dream of homeownership through a 99-year land lease program that keeps monthly mortgage payments affordable.
2007-10: Columbia Valley Housing is awarded $850,000 by Washington State Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund to provide down payment assistance to low-income families buying their first home using deferred payment loans of up to $25,000. All repayments return to CVHA revolving loan programs which continue to help new families.
2009: Columbia Valley Housing, with funding from City of Wenatchee, assists inhabitants of the soon-to-be-demolished Ninth St. trailer park to find new homes or leased land for their mobile homes.
2011: $362,500 is funding is granted from the Housing Trust Fund for another round of down payment assistance to low-income families in Chelan and Douglas counties trying to buy their first home.