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 Between a rock and a hard place – Anonymous
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.
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 Good Job, No Rentals – Alecia Kleiner
I moved to Jefferson County in May of 2017 when I accepted the position of Executive Director at the Jefferson Community Foundation. Via Craigslist, I found a cute little house in Port Townsend to rent. To my surprise, the rent was the same amount I had been paying in Seattle. This posed a challenge as … Read more My first home…because of my community – Siobhan Canty
In 2016, we embarked on an incredible journey together of building a tiny house. We had nearly no experience with any of the techniques involved in building a house, but with so many resources out there, we were sure we could pull it off. While we tapped into many different resources, from books to YouTube, … Read more Building our own tiny home with our community’s help – Laura and Logan
Our first time in Port Townsend was on our honeymoon in 2013. We instantly fell in love with the area, and were finally able to relocate in 2015. Our first rental was a small home in Hamilton Heights for $875/month. Our landlord terminated our lease early to move in his mom, which then led us … Read more Forced to Leave PT – Jennie and Dave
The Community Boat Project (CBP) has expanded their efforts and created a new program, Shelter from the Storm. The program provides paid internships to 18-25 year-olds in Jefferson County and teaches job and life skills through building tiny houses. The houses they produce are then offered to members of the community. There are not enough skilled workers in Jefferson County in the … Read more The Community Boat Project goes beyond boats
Title: OlyCap project moves forward, 44 units for JeffCo families and individualsAfter nearly 13 years of no new multi-family affordable housing construction in Jefferson County, OlyCap is moving forward through a partnership with the County to build a 44-unit apartment complex in Port Townsend! The multi-story building on 7th and Hendricks will offer studios through … Read more OlyCap Project Moves Forward, 44 units for JeffCo families and individuals
Not long ago, a few concerned community members attended a training on housing cooperatives, and wondered how they could promote more of this type of inclusive, affordable housing here in Jefferson County. Together they launched the Quimper Housing Development Cooperative as a way to support the development of alternative community-based solutions to affordable housing. QHDC serves as … Read more Community for Co-Ops!