Networking our local housing champions

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for learning about and engaging with housing solutions in Jefferson County!

Here are some of our emerging projects and updates:

Housing Action Teams

The backbone of the Housing Solutions Network is our volunteer Housing Action Teams. These teams work independently to achieve shared goals that impact
affordable housing.

Affordable Housing 101

New to the topic of housing affordability? Learn the basics of how housing becomes affordable and find resources on how to learn more.

Stories of Impact

Jefferson County is full of stories of struggle and stories of hope. Here, you’ll find personal stories of those who have been impacted by our housing crisis, as well as those who are making a difference. 

Jefferson County’s Housing Crisis by the Numbers

Jefferson County is the third most unaffordable county in Washington State (following San Juan and King County, and tied with Clallam County)
University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies (2020)
47% of Jefferson County renters are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their income on rent.
American Community Survey
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 State Dept. of Commerce
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
Jefferson County Housing Element (2018)
Median home prices have increased from $276,600 to $455,000 between 2015-2020; an unbelievable jump of 65% in just five years
University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies (2020)
The lack of housing is a major barrier to economic development throughout the County. Employers, including the City and County, are losing employees due to housing insecurity.
Housing Solutions Network
Read more about how this is impacting us all at Our Community Challenge.