Between a rock and a hard place – Anonymous

I have lived in Port Townsend for fifteen years; it’s my home. I’ve seen the housing issue from a few different angles over those years, but right now I feel it because I am worried I will not be able to stay here.  When I first moved to Port Townsend I lived in one of … Read more

Housing Advocacy Day Report

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 Fort Worden’s Workforce

Fort Worden is a centerpiece of our community, and a place we all love for the natural beauty and hiking trails, the community events, and the many beloved organizations housed there. Yet behind all that activity is a workforce where many are struggling to put down roots and find a place to live. The park … Read more

Creating “Junior Units” in Marin, CA

The Community Land Trust Association of Marin (CLAM) has created an innovative housing solution in their Real Community Rentals program, which works with local homeowners to help create rental units – often from a spare bedroom – on their property. The County of Marin and the Marin Housing Authority work with CLAM to offer incentives … Read more

What kind of community do we want?

After joining the educational Outreach Housing Action Team I’ve found that I think about our housing crisis almost every single day. For me, this crisis is all about what kind of community we want, and intend, to be.

Sustaining Our Mission

Recently I was talking to a friend who works at Dove House about their recruiting. She told me that they had found an excellent candidate for a job opening, who unfortunately couldn’t take the position because she could not find housing. For nonprofits and businesses alike, the lack of housing makes providing services and sustaining staff an ongoing challenge.

Good Job, No Rentals – Alecia Kleiner

I moved to Jefferson County with my teenage daughter this past August when I got a job with Jefferson Community Foundation. In the months since moving here, I have experienced both the disheartening struggle of finding a place to rent, as well as the kindness of people who barely know me. I used to own … Read more