Local Projects and Organizations
This list includes the many organizations and community groups that are working to address our housing challenges in Jefferson County. Please visit the websites of each group to learn more and get involved, and learn about their specific one-time needs at the Community Engagement and Investment Portfolio. If you know of a group who should be included on this list, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permanent Affordable Workforce Housing Providers
- Habitat for Humanity. Working with low-income families using a sweat-equity homeownership model to build and sell homes to individuals and families.
- Homeward Bound. Community land trust model, focused on offering permanently affordable homes, and home-owernship opportunities.
- Peninsula Housing Authority. Administers regional Section 8 voucher program as well as the Mutual Self-Help Build Program (in partnership with the USDA), an affordable homeownership program that serves those making up to 80% of area median income. The program supports groups of families building their homes together under the supervision of PHA staff.
- Olympic Neighbors. Provides permanent, affordable housing and support for adults with developmental disabilities.
- Bayside Housing and Services. Provides transitional housing at the Old Alcohol Plant and newly pursuing development of tiny home communities, boarding houses and other affordable permanent housing options.
- Dove House Advocacy Services. Provides emergency shelter to people fleeing domestic violence.
- OlyCAP. Provides a range of temporary and permanent housing options for low-income and homeless individuals and families. Currently moving forward with a 44-unit affordable project in Port Townsend.
- Community Build Project mobilizing volunteer resources to build projects that will benefit those who are underserved in the community. In 2020 the Community Build Project finished their first project, the development of Peter’s Place, a
temporary tiny house village in Port Hadlock. The village, Built in Partnership with Bayside Housing & Services and with the Community United Methodist Church, temporarily houses twelve residents.
- The Community Boat Project provides paid internships to 18-25 year old Jefferson County residents and teaches job and life skills through building tiny houses, which are then passed on to members of the community.
- Real Estate Professionals for Affordable Housing provides grants to low income home-owners for home repairs that will allow individuals to stay in their homes.
- QUUF Affordable Housing Action Group. A project of the local Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
- Quimper Housing Development Cooperative. Supports local housing cooperatives, co-housing and other alternative housing organizations. Contact Viki Sonntag at email@example.com.
This year, Washington’s annual Homelessness and Housing Advocacy went from a single day in Olympia to a week-long, online-only meeting of 791 advocates, over a quarter of which had lived experience of homelessness. The week included an intensive introduction to all the housing equity bills in the current legislative session as well as opportunities to connect with other housing advocates in Legislative District 24 (which includes Jefferson County).
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