We believe that sustainable housing solutions will only be possible through a mix of individual, grassroots, organizational, and government-focused action. Here are some real examples of how Jefferson County residents are already making a difference.
There are many more solutions that are already in action or could be initiated; please reach out if you have ideas or stories of solutions to share. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual Commitments and Grassroots Engagement
- Join a Housing Action Team (HAT) or initiate a new one. Contact Justine with new HAT ideas.
- Rent your ADU and/or second home as long-term rentals at an affordable rate.
- Build a tiny home or ADU to create a new unit of housing for yourself or someone else.
- If you are selling property, consider owner-financing.
- Talk to your friends about creative strategies that are helping other rural communities.
- If you are a tiny home owner (or hope to be) and want to live with others in community, contact the Quimper Housing Development Cooperative.
- Organize a screening of Cultivating Solutions video, followed by a facilitated conversation.
- Are you a renter? Please consider sharing with us the challenges and opportunities you face as a renter in this market. Contact email@example.com
Supporting Housing Organizations
- Volunteer or make a financial contribution to our local housing organizations.
- Include housing organizations in your estate plans. Reach out to individual organizations to see how they could benefit from your estate planning.
- Share your experience and expertise by joining the boards of housing organizations when they have openings.
- Learn about the unique needs of our local organizations in our Community Engagement and Investment Portfolio.
- Have extra land? Donate it to an organization to be used for affordable housing.
- The Community Boat Project is shifting their focus from boat building to tiny home building. Learn about and support their efforts.
Government-Focused Action Opportunities
- If you live in Port Townsend, advocate for affordable density strategies, researched and outlined by the Tiny Home Communities HAT.
- Join the Port Townsend Planning Commission.
- Join the Jefferson County Planning Commission.
- Listen to the Joint City-County Affordable Housing Task Force meetings every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 2-4pm. Find their meeting agendas and minutes (with information about how to call in) here.
- Attend the Port Townsend City Council’s Housing Committee meetings. See the calendar of their meetings here and see their agenda (with the call-in information) here (usually posted the day before the meeting).