Welcome to Housing Solutions Network!
We are so glad you’re here.
Housing Solutions Network (HSN) was first initiated in 2018 in response to the growing workforce housing crisis in East Jefferson County, Washington. As a grassroots effort brought forth by many community members concerned about affordable housing for the local workforce, HSN works to facilitate connectivity, communication and the co-creation of new strategies to increase the availability of affordable and attainable housing in our region. We work alongside local housing champions – both individuals and institutions – by providing support and capacity building to ensure success.
HSN fundamentally works to grow a network of housing champions using the Community Network Building approach. Much of our work is driven by community members who volunteer their time and energy to identify obstacles to affordable housing and then craft and implement strategies to create new solutions (often in groups). To get a sense of our work, check out our 2020 Accomplishments, 2021 Accomplishments, and 2022 Annual Report.
In November 2023, HSN celebrates 5 Years of Community Impact. View our report here.
We have a mighty team of one full-time staff, one part-time paid change-maker, and dozens of committed community volunteers.
We hope you’ll join their ranks!
Five Year Impact Report
Established in November of 2018, HSN celebrates is 5 Years of Addressing the Housing Crisis in 2023.
Click on the video above to watch + read our communities successes!
Meet Our Change-Makers
Liz Revord comes to HSN with previous non-profit leadership experience, a master’s degree focused on environmental and community activism, and a passion for helping others. Affected by our community’s housing crisis, Liz is hoping to share her story and connect with others to find solutions that work not only here in Jefferson County, but can also be implemented beyond our peninsula. She and her husband enjoy their time outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful PNW with their rescue pups.
Derek Firenze is a poet, performer, and reporter with experience in online, print, and radio publications. He has a strong passion for building community by storytelling, spoken word, and creating spaces for experience-sharing. Throughout his work, Derek strives to emphasize inclusivity and amplification of marginalized voices while fostering diverse representation. He’s lived in Port Townsend since 2021 and has experienced housing insecurity first hand. Now, he’s looking to bring together his stage skills and lived experience with an open heart and mind to uplift, connect, and share new stories about what’s possible.
Eric is here to build community; he knows without community the future doesn’t look so bright. He brings an eclectic mix of experiences and perspectives through degrees in visual communications and international studies, work in the non-profit sector at both the staff and board level, growing several small business, teaching English as a foreign language, and succeeding at several years of stay-at-home parenting. He is enjoying pushing the boundaries of low impact, small living with his wife, two daughters and their collection of animals.
Meet our Steering Committee
Bill Wise, Steering Committee Chair
Bill co-facilitated and led the successful 2008 voter initiative to authorize electrification for our PUD. He worked on the County’s Climate Action Group to develop the Jefferson County industrial emissions inventory.
Bill is a co-founder and former chair for Jefferson County’s economic development council, “EDC Team Jefferson”. Bill has worked with HSN for the past three years.
Jane Armstrong, Member
Jane and her husband moved to Port Ludlow in 2014 and into Port Townsend five years ago.
Jane managed a variety of food processing operations for the last 20 years of her career. Having made multiple moves herself, finding home and community have always been important to her.
The Housing Solutions Network provides the opportunity to collaborate with others interested in digging in and in finding solutions to these difficult challenges . And in the process, to appreciate even more how special, talented and creative our communities and people are.
Fred Kimball, Member
Educated as a geological engineer and mining engineer, Fred spent 15 years in mining industry tramping around the west and Alaska. Fred claims he walked out of a tunnel and moved to Port Townsend to be a “hippy carpenter”.
Fred has lived in PT Since 1986 and owned and operated Kimball Woodworks a general contracting business and cabinet shop for 30 years.
He have been active with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years, was a board member, past board president, construction committee, advocacy committee, finance committee. Fred was also a member Jefferson County Affordable Housing Task Force and currently active with Housing Solutions Network as HAT member and Support council.
Fred claims he is also 'currently trying to be retired'!
Steve Moore, Member
Steve was born in Kansas City and has been moving north and west ever since. He lived in Denver for over 25 years and in 2006 moved to Port Townsend to be near the water and to connect with a ‘human scale’ place in which he could plug in and help make a difference (HSN is a great example!).
While Steve have had a number of careers, most of his professional life was spent in the software development and business consulting areas. In 1981 he joined a software development start-up in Denver and later became the president of a ‘boutique software and business consulting firm’.
In his time in Port Townsend, Steve has served on the boards of The Food Co-op, Jefferson Land Trust, Bayside Housing and Services, and Quimper Mercantile Co. It’s great being here and being part of this dynamic community.
Jay Bakst, Member
Jay Bakst has over 30 years’ experience applying Theory of Constraints, Project Management, Systems Modeling and Creative use of technology to real world problems. He has worked with large companies such as Boeing and Weyerhaeuser as well as smaller companies such as Seattle Cold Storage, SeaBright Insurance and Kocer Engineering. In 2016, Mr. Bakst was named Jefferson County Lean Community Resource.
Since then, he has been assisting organizations to improve their operations and support to their customers, as well as dedicating time to civic engagements. For 30 years, Mr. Bakst has run his own consulting firm, Raviyah Training and Consulting, providing Project Management, Lean and TOC training and operations support to companies in the Puget Sound area.
Jay now calls Port Ludlow home, and helps streamline resources for HSN through his Lean Thinking processes.
Scott France, Member
Scott France and his wife Gillian moved to Port Townsend from Portland in early 2023. After they finish building a house on their new property, they hope to make space for one or more tiny homes for rent. Scott grew up in Chicago, and has worked in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors in areas including teaching, public health, legislative policy work, newspaper reporter, environmental advocacy, marketing, writing. Scott and his wife, Gillian were drawn to Port Townsend's vibrant community spirit, proximity to nature, and small town feel. Scott believes that creating solutions for a more affordable housing is vital to keeping Port Townsend great and being a place where all people may live and thrive.
Corky Parker, Member
Corky Parker has lived in Jefferson County since 2008, as a small scale family farmer and housing provider both in Port Townsend and Nordland.
Prior to that Corky started and ran a creative team in Seattle and La Finca Caribe, an eco-inn on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Nows she writes, sails when she can, and volunteers with various organizations in the community.
Most recently Corky is author and illustrator of La Finca, a memoir of her businesses, adventures and alternative, simple, living approach. She has a master’s certificate in sustainable business from Pinchot University; her BA is in environmental economics and from Bennington College, where she has served on the Board of Trustees. Her work has been recognized by diverse national and international awards and accolades from the New York Times to China’s People’s Daily.
Wayne Bleier is a mental health professional who worked at Jefferson County Community Counseling service from 1985-1993 as a Child & Family Therapist.
He worked as a Child Protection Specialist running programs for children affected by armed conflict and refugees in 13 countries from 1994-2019.
Today you can find Wayne running around Fort Worden, backpacking, sea kayaking, and backcountry skiing.
Housing Solutions Network and Jefferson Community Foundation
HSN was initially incubated at JCF as a field-of-interest fund in order to meet a gap in the housing landscape: a space for new community leaders to develop new solutions for affordable workforce housing. It was the founders’ intention to pilot the effort in a measured, low-overhead environment and then, if successful, to build the governance and operating structures needed to become independent from JCF.
In addition, HSN has directed new funding to housing efforts through the Jefferson Community Foundation, provided scholarships for grant writing workshops, offered coaching and Board development for local organizations, and cultivated a wide-reaching communications platform to educate community members about housing challenges and housing solutions in our community.
HSN currently operates as a distinct initiative from JCF as a set of programs that are unique from JCF’s core programs and services. JCF still offers HSN support through administrative support and offers strategic feedback and guidance upon request. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any additional questions regarding the nature of our relationship.