Engage Locally

Engage Locally

Sustainable housing solutions will only be possible through a mix of individual, grassroots, organizational, and government-focused action. See how you can engage in housing solutions, strengthen our vitality, and foster a thriving community for all.

HSN publicizes opportunities for engagement that we feel will have the greatest impact on increasing affordable housing in Jefferson county. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, follow our social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook), or check our home page  regularly. Our calendar is a great place to see upcoming events from HSN and other community organizations, as well local government meetings.


Government/Policy Focused

  • Tell our City Councilors and County Commissioners affordable housing is a priority! [see Advocate Page]
  • Attend government meetings, learn the process, and make your voice heard!
    • Sign up for Engage PT (Port Townsend) emails
    • View agendas and meeting Recordings (See below)
  • Join one of the many governmental commissions or boards listed below

Specific Projects:

Port Hadlock Waste Water Systemwebsite
Jefferson County has been progressing towards the installation of a waste water treatment center. This would greatly increase development possibilities for the area including the opportunity for denser housing options.

Evans Vista – website
City of Port Townsend initiated subsidized, multifamily housing development. 

Port Townsend Golf Park Housing
Possible future project

Port Townsend Cherry Street Property
Possible future project


  • Housing Solutions Network
    Become a
    Housing Champion
  • Bayside Housing and Serviceswebsite
    Transitional housing and shelter with supportive services; permanent housing coming soon!
  • Community Boat Project – website
    teaches job and life skills through building tiny houses
  • Community Build Project – website
    mobilizing volunteer resources to build tiny shelter villages (including Pat’s Place and Peter’s Place). 
  • Dove House Advocacy Services – website 
    Provides emergency shelter to people fleeing domestic violence. 
  • Habitat for Humanity (EJC) – website
    Working with low-income families using a sweat-equity homeownership model to build  and sell homes to individuals and families. 
  • Olympic Housing Trust – website
    Community Land Trust
  • Olympic Neighbors – website 
    Provides permanent, affordable housing and support for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • OlyCAP – website
    Provides a range of temporary and permanent housing options for low-income and homeless individuals and families.
  • OWL360
    Their Pfeiffer House provides housing for youth who would otherwise be homeless.
  • Peninsula Housing Authority – website
    government agency providing long-term rental housing, tenant-based rental subsidies and a homeownership housing programs.
  • QUUF Affordable Housing Action Group – Facebook
    A project of the local Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
  • Real Estate Professionals for Affordable Housing – website
    provides grants to low income home-owners for home repairs.
  • Tiny Homes Jefferson County

Government Bodies

City of Port Townsend

Updates: Engage PT
Meeting Calendar: meeting calendar
Agenda/Minutes: Agendas, Minutes, Videos 
Municipal Code: PT Code
Ordinances: 1878 through present
Public Comment: publiccomment.fillout.com/cityofpt


City Manager: John Mauro
Department of Planning and Community Development
Director: Emma Bolin
Contact Info: Planning Department Staff Directory

City Council

[elected - receives stipend]
      • David Faber (Mayor)
      • Amy Howard (Deputy Mayor)
      • Owen Rowe
      • Aislinn Diamanti
      • Libby Wennstrom 
      • Monica MickHager 
      • Ben Thomas

Planning Commission

[council appointed - volunteer]
      • Rick Jahnke (Chair)
      • Samantha Bair-Jones (Vice Chair)
      • Lois Stanford  
      • Neil Nelson
      • Viki Sonntag
      • Robert Doyle
      • Andreas Andreadis


Other Commissions

[volunteer or assigned]
  • Arts Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Climate Action Committee
  • Equity, Access, and Rights Advisory Board
  • Financial Sustainability Task Force
  • Fort Worden Public Development Authority
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Parks, Recreation, Trees and Trails Advisory Board

Jefferson County

Updates: ‘Notify Me
Meeting Calendar: Calendar
Agenda/Minutes: Current and Past
Municipal Code: JC Code
Public Comment: 
Districts (D): Map


Department of Community Development
Josh Peters
Chief Strategy Officer: Brent Butler
Contact Info: Staff Directory

County Commissioners

[elected - salaried]
      • Kate Dean, D1
      • Heidi Eisenhower, D2
      • Greg Brotherton, D3

Planning Commission

[commissioner appointed - volunteer]
      • Kevin Coker, D1
      • Cynthia Koan, D1
      • Ahren Stroming D1
      • Matt Sircely, V.Chair, D2
      • LD Richert, D2
      • Michael Shultz, D2
      • Richard Hull, Chair, D3
      • Chris Llewellyn, D3
      • Michael Nilssen, D3

Other Commissions

[volunteer or assigned]
  • Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
  • Board of Equalization
  • Board of Health
  • Budget Committee
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Clean Water District Advisory Council
  • Climate Action Committee
  • Conservation Futures Fund Citizen Oversight Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
  • Ferry Advisory Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Gardiner Community Center Board of Directors
  • Housing Fund Board
  • Intergovernmental Collaborative Group
  • Intergovernmental Coordinating Committee
  • LEOFF1 Retirement Disability Board
  • Library District Board of Trustees
  • Lodging Tax Advisory Council (LTAC)
  • Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee
  • North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Peninsula Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
  • Public Infrastructure Fund Board (PIF)
  • Jefferson County Risk Management Committee
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Tourism Coordinating Council

Washington Legislature


Senator: Kevin Van De Wege
Representative: Mike Chapman
Representative: Steve Tharinger

Federal Legislature

Updates: Congress.gov
District: Congressional District 6


Congressman: Derek Kilmer
Senator: Maria Cantwell
Senator: Patty Murray

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