Welcome to the Jefferson County Housing Solutions Network!
HSN was founded in 2018 by the Jefferson Community Foundation, and serves as a response to the growing workforce housing crisis in Jefferson County, Washington. We work 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. The core of this network are our community-driven Housing Action Teams, made up of groups of volunteers who work together to identify obstacles to affordable housing and then craft and implement strategies to create new solutions. To get a sense of our work, check out our 2020 Accomplishments and 2021 Accomplishments.
We have a mighty team of two part-time staff and dozens of committed community volunteers. We hope you’ll join their ranks!
Here's What We're About...
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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.
Kelsey grew up in Port Townsend, and is excited to have recently moved back with her husband to build a new life in her favorite town. She is finishing up her master’s degree in adult, professional, and community education, and was previously a non-profit coordinator and a neighborhood bartender. During her years away from PT, she maintained her connections and her interest in local issues. She is eager to reintegrate with the community and draw from her background to listen, connect, and organize at HSN, to boost folks’ ability to stay, work, and create in our beautiful town.
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, with two dedicated part-time staff members and 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.