Networking Our Local Housing Champions

Welcome to your one-stop-shop for education, resources, and engagement opportunities with housing solutions in Jefferson County!

Looking for ways to be a part of the housing solution?

Check out our list of engagement opportunities to share your voice, concerns, values, and dreams for the future of affordable workforce housing in Port Townsend + Jefferson County!

Show Up + Speak Up for Affordable Housing in Port Townsend!

How can we ensure more affordable housing for local households
making up to $110,000?

   The goal is to gather community feedback that will drive code changes to increase housing in the city. HSN hopes to see and hear many of our local residents speak up to the importance of affordable workforce housing and how we can meet the needs of our community at large. 

Show up + speak up on what barriers you’d like to see the city remove to support developing housing, how the city and community can address the need for more diverse and affordable housing, what opportunities does this community have to take advantage of, and what should we consider before implementing such code changes that will also address housing options for those making under 150% area median income?

If public speaking isn’t ‘your jam’, the community is invited to share their
opinions via public comment up till 4pm the day of public meetings by emailing PublicComment@cityofpt.us

Want to follow along with the code change process?
Mark you calendars with these other key dates and subscribe to HSN’s newsletters to stay in the loop!

January 26, 2023: Planning Commission Regular Meeting: Continued discussion of code amendment options
February 13, 2023: Join Planning Commission/City Council Community Forum on draft amendments

March 9, 2023: Regular Planning Commission meeting will be the hearing on the final amendments and recommendations to council.

March 27, 2023: City Council meeting where the Council will adopt amendments to meet the April 1 deadline.

April 1, 2023: Deadline for “extend safe harbor for GMA/SEPA appeals to build residential capacity beyond April 1, 2023 (RCW 36.70a.600)”


…and visit the City’s Project website to learn more!

      The City Wants to hear from YOU!

Share your voice and vision for Mountain View Commons and the current grounds that are the PT Golf Course

Follow along here, sign up for city news + notifications, and most importantly, have your vision heard here via the online form.

 

Mountain View Commons sign outside of building, located on the corner of Blaine and Walker St., Port Townsend

Recent Updates, Events, and other Big Happenings

Are you a part of the local workforce and in need of housing? Are you a homeowner looking to help provide solutions to our growing housing crisis? Connect to a local workforce renter or rental today!

Jefferson County’s Housing Crisis by the Numbers

Jefferson County is the third most unaffordable county in Washington State, following San Juan County.
29% of Jefferson County renters are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of their income on rent.
Median home prices have increased from $276,600 to $455,900 between 2015-2020; an unbelievable jump of 65% in just five years
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
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
18% of housing units in Jefferson County are vacant, either all year or for a large portion of the year. These are both seasonal and non-seasonal second homes. This lowers the supply of housing and increasing costs for permanent year-round residents.

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