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Spokane County Awards $1 Million to "Frame Your Future" Trades Program




The Spokane Home Builders Association’s (SHBA) Frame Your Future program was recently awarded $1 million to enhance its workforce development programs. Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to allocate $5,000,000 from the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to five organizations, including Frame Your Future, under the Economic Impact Assistance subcategory.

“We’re thrilled to have the Commissioners’ support of our industry-driven solutions to the housing crisis and construction worker shortage,” said Brian Burrow, Frame Your Future’s director of workforce development. “These funds will boost our efforts to expose more students to the trades at a time when school districts are cutting shop programs from their budgets.”
Frame Your Future (FYF) is a collaborative effort between construction industry leaders and local schools that was launched earlier this year after raising $200,000 from building industry partners. Each of the following organizations contributed $20,000 to launch this innovative program: Compass Construction Inc., Condron Homes, Fred’s Appliance, Greenstone, Hayden Homes, Lanzce G. Douglass Construction, Parr Lumber, Spokane Association of Realtors, Washington Trust Bank, and Windermere Real Estate.

The mission of the program is to build a worker training pipeline for residential construction in Eastern Washington, which is sorely needed to tackle Spokane’s housing crisis. 

8 out of 10 families can’t afford to buy a home in Spokane, and that’s partly due to a lack of skilled construction workers. To solve the worker shortage problem and close the housing affordability gap, FYF has rolled out several innovative programs: 

FYF hosted its second annual Workforce Development Camp in May of this year. More than 20 high school students from Mead School District teamed up with 15 construction industry leaders and received hands-on training while building garden sheds.

FYF is partnering with Innovation High School to pilot a two-year Trades Training program. Students are learning engineering concepts and sustainable building practices while getting hands-on experience building a structure from the ground up. 

FYF collaborates with local schools to host events that expose students and parents to construction trades, including career fairs, classroom visits and Trades Nights.

In 2023, FYF will launch two job training programs for adults interested in working in the construction industry.

“Frame Your Future is taking real, meaningful action to address our housing challenges. We’re excited to have those efforts recognized and even more excited to see how this investment by the County impacts our community,” said Burrow. “More trades exposure, more job training, more housing. That’s a win, win, win.”

Community members who want to engage with industry leaders and learn more about FYF’s innovative programs and discuss solutions for the future of the construction industry should contact the Spokane Home Builders Association or reach out to Frame Your Future by visiting FrameYourFuture.org or calling  509-532-4990.

The Spokane Home Builders Association has been committed to protecting and promoting the housing industry since 1947. Serving seven Eastern Washington counties, SHBA is over 750 members strong. The members are professional home builders, architects, remodelers, suppliers, manufacturers, and sales and marketing professionals who believe every American deserves the opportunity of homeownership.

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