Housing Action Teams

The backbone of the Housing Solutions Network are the volunteer Housing Action Teams (HATs) that are working to address obstacles that hinder our community’s ability to provide adequate safe and affordable housing. 

We launch new Housing Action Teams when there is an alignment of interest around a particular topic, as well as volunteer capacity to lead the work. Staff provide ongoing strategic and administrative support, a platform through which to promote the HAT’s work, and a link to other action teams.

Here are our current Housing Action Teams!

The Housing Connections HAT is working to increase rental opportunities through both “unlocking” existing units and promoting the construction of new, small units. They are working to identify which resources exist and which resources could be created to help people build ADUs (including financing, permit processes, designs, and more), and rent out existing spaces (including rooms in homes, ADUs, and single family homes). This group has worked with Local Investors Opportunity Network (LION) to create a potential person-to-person financing mechanism for building ADUs when traditional financing is out of reach. They have also worked with a local landlord to provide a values-based educational video about how to be a (good) landlord.

To learn more or get involved contact housing-connections-hat@googlegroups.com

Housing Connections HAT 2022 Summer Digest:

The HC HAT has been

  • In collaboration with the Permit HAT, the Housing Connections HAT has been focusing their efforts on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s). They are working alongside city and county governments to create pre-approved ADU designs for our community. 
  • Housing Connections HAT + the Permit HAT are diligently planning for the September 29th Under the Tent event, which will focus on all things ADU-related. 

The Tiny Home Communities HAT inspires and brings multiple stakeholders together to turn tiny home community ideas into action and substantive results. Tiny home communities can address the need for affordable housing in multiple ways – lower build costs, greater density, smaller environmental footprint, and shared operating expenses – while increasing community control and equity in the housing market. The team produced a Policy Paper and Call to Action that presents policy approaches to removing zoning barriers to tiny home communities and other affordable density housing options. This was first presented to the City Housing Committee in February 2020, and the group is currently following up with the City to keep the policy proposals moving forward. The HAT also presented a series of webinars on tiny home communities; recordings of these sessions can be found on their Tiny Home Communities Resource Page. The team also incubated and supported the Community Build Project to create 12 ‘tiny shelters’ to house un-sheltered seniors.

To learn more or get involved, contact  tiny-home-community-hat@googlegroups.com

Tiny Home Communities Summer 2022 Digest:

  • The “Tiny HAT” has been focusing their efforts around the temporary encampment ordinances with city and county
  • New projects will take off in the fall. Now is the time to engage if you want to be a part of the next chapter of this group!

The Permit HAT is assessing what regulations and barriers, both actual and perceived, are preventing builders and landowners from creating more housing. They crafted and distributed a Permit Survey which received over 100 responses between April – July 2020 and then created a Permit Survey Report, which was delivered to local government agencies in October 2020. In 2021 the team crafted a series of Permit Navigator Videos. Now, the team is working with City and County staff to promote and implement a pre-approved ADU / small home “stock plans” program to facilitate easier building of modest units.

To learn more or get involved, contact the Permit HAT at permit-hat@googlegroups.com

Permit HAT Summer 2022 Digest:

The Permit HAT has been

  • In collaboration with the Housing Connections HAT, the Permit HAT has been focusing their efforts on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s). They are working alongside city and county governments to create pre-approved ADU designs for our community. 
  • Housing Connections HAT + the Permit HAT are diligently planning for the September 29th Under the Tent event, which will focus on all things ADU-related. 

The Outreach HAT is helping individuals learn about our housing challenges and empowering individuals to see themselves as part of the solution. The team produced a short video that illuminates the problem and shows some of the creative choices individuals are making to increase housing opportunity. The video was produced in fall 2019 and was shown to over 400 community members followed by facilitated conversations before being released for online viewing in summer 2020 and garnering 1,000 views. The Outreach HAT also helped organize a presentation on the eviction moratorium, and has engaged the local communities of realtors and faith groups in reflecting on how they might support housing solutions.

To learn more or get involved, contact Liz@jcfgives.org

Outreach HAT Summer 2022 Digest:

The Outreach HAT has been

  • Actively managing HSN’s social media channels.
  • The time for the Outreach HAT to shine is the summer! They’ve been busy at community events, such as the farmers market, Port Ludlow Community Fair, Under the Tent events, and more. 
  • Actively recruiting new volunteers into this effort! This is a great starting point if you are a people person and love community engagement. Contact Liz@jcfgives.org to learn more.
Sophie Elan, Outreach HAT volunteer, answers questions from community members at Under the Tent event.

The Sanitation HAT launched in January 2022 in collaboration with PHLUSH, with an interest in assessing policy and public education routes to promote the healthy use of greywater reuse systems and non-water-based toilet technologies to expand the capacity of and create alternatives to onsite septic systems (which will likely involve state level changes). The group swiftly expanded their field of interest to include considerations of changes to septic and sewer requirements that would lead to increased housing capacity more immediately. 

If you are interested in learning more or joining this group, please contact housingsolutions@jcfgives.org

Sanitation HAT Summer 2022 Digest:

The Sanitation HAT has been

  • Focused on educating the community on all things sewer, septic, and alternative models. They focus on distinguishing between gray and blackwater, and how some units are legal on water, but not on land. 
  • Identifying possible paths forward to advocate for policy changes related to sanitation that will create more housing opportunities. 
  • Brainstorming for an upcoming Sanitation + Housing Fall learning series! They have been assessing community interests and plan to roll out the first of these online learning opportunities in the Fall. Stay tuned!

If you have been thinking of getting involved, and have experience around planning and coordinating educational activities (e.g. webinars, panels, presentations), now is a great time to reach out! To learn more and get involved, contact:  sanitation-hat@googlegroups.com