This year, Washington’s annual Homelessness and Housing Advocacy went from a single day in Olympia to a week-long, online-only meeting of 791 advocates, over a quarter of which had lived experience of homelessness. The week included an intensive introduction to all the housing equity bills in the current legislative session as well as opportunities to connect with other housing advocates in Legislative District 24 (which includes Jefferson County).
In early October I received an email from Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship member, Kathy Stevenson. She was asking if people with building skills would consider joining a group that was working on building Tiny Shelters for unsheltered people in Jefferson County. I had not heard of the Community Build Project but it piqued my interest. … Read more Something Positive to Focus On – by Share DeWees
Blessings, dear ones. My name is James Lyman and I am the Pastor of the Evangelical Bible Church, situated on the corner of 22d Street and San Juan Avenue, here in Port Townsend. I was approached by Peter Bonyun and Judith Alexander in early September, just two months ago. They were inquiring about a project … Read more The Golden Rule – by James Lyman
Amanda and Michael Kingsley purchased the old dance hall building in Quilcene several years ago. They renovated the existing apartment and added an additional apartment on the upper level of the building; one they used for a rental and the other they used as an AirBnB. “We found the AirBnB would be totally jammed in … Read more From AirBnB to Residential Rental
Housing Advocacy Day is an annual day when housing advocates from around the state descend upon Olympia to meet with their elected representatives to advocate for bills and policies that will support housing for all. The day also provides an opportunity to put our local housing crisis in the state-wide context, and creates a space … Read more Housing Advocacy Day Report