The Latest News
- Help keep our network growing by making a gift to HSN through the Give Jefferson campaign! (Just scroll down to find HSN).
- Bayside Housing is seeking a Development Director to expand the organization’s fundraising efforts and grow their impact. Know someone who is interested? Let’s help Bayside find the right fit so they can grow into a new phase of their work. Read the job description.
- OLYCAP has secured $75,000 from the County in their efforts to leverage millions of state and federal dollars, as well as tax credits, to build a 44-unit housing development. Read more, and consider giving to the cause.
- The Fund for Women and Girls has released their RFP for a two-year grant for organizations addressing our housing challenges. Applications due October 4th.
- Interested in additional grant funding for your housing project? Be sure to check out our grant funding page to determine which are a fit for your project.
Jefferson County Housing by the Numbers
- Jefferson County is the 3rd most unaffordable county in Washington State (University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies)
- 47% of Jefferson County renters are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their income on rent (American Community Survey)
- 25% of units in the County sit vacant for a large portion of the year (likely for part-time residents or vacation rentals), lowering the supply of housing and increasing costs for permanent year-round residents (2018 Jefferson County Housing Element)
- Rental vacancy rates hover between 0-1% (the national average is around 7%), so that even those with stable incomes simply cannot find available housing (Washington Department of Commerce)
- Median home prices have increased from $241,700 to $361,900 between 2015-2018 – an unbelievable jump of 49% in just three years (University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies)
- The lack of housing is a major barrier to economic development throughout the County – we know of at least nine small- to medium-sized businesses that decided not to relocate to Jefferson County due to the lack of available workforce housing
- Currently, 45% of our County’s workforce commute in from another county (WorkSource)
- Ensuring that a younger workforce can afford to live locally is critical to the future of community institutions. Jefferson Healthcare must maintain a minimum of 20% of patients who use private insurance in order to stay in the black. Once they go above 80% of patients using Medicare and Medicaid, they will experience serious financial challenges. They are currently at 78.5% Medicare and Medicaid patients and the workforce trends are moving them closer to that line, putting the future of our hospital at stake.