OlyCAP holds info session about affordable housing project

44 units of housing proposed at 7th and Hendricks Streets

Posted 6/19/19

Olympic Community Action Programs will host an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 26 for members of the community to learn about the 44 units of affordable housing OlyCAP is proposing to build at 7th and Hendricks Streets in Port Townsend.

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OlyCAP holds info session about affordable housing project

44 units of housing proposed at 7th and Hendricks Streets

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Olympic Community Action Programs will host an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on June 26 for members of the community to learn about the 44 units of affordable housing OlyCAP is proposing to build at 7th and Hendricks Streets in Port Townsend.

The event will take place at the Jefferson Healthcare Dirken Conference Room on Sheridan Street. Representatives from OlyCAP, the architect cooperative Third Place Design, and the Seattle-based consulting firm Ally Community Development will be present to answer questions and share details about the project proposal.

The project will focus on very-low and low-income families and individuals with incomes at or less than 50% of the area median, or $32,200 annually for a family of four, said Kathy Morgan, OlyCAP’s housing director.

It will be affordable housing for a minimum of 40 years, according to the letter of intent approved by commissioners.

Initial designs include studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, in a multi-story building.

“We plan to serve people that have, in many cases, been forced out of the traditional housing market,” said Kathy Morgan, OlyCAP’s housing director. “At 7th and Hendricks we will offer safe, decent housing at an affordable cost for those who are currently rent burdened, have young children, may be experiencing homelessness, have served our country through military service, have tribal affiliation, or are living with a physical or cognitive disability.”

The property is located directly next to the county Department of Community Development building and QFC. It is currently owned by Jefferson County, but the Board of County Commissioners approved a letter of intent to sell or lease the property to OlyCAP for the housing project.

The project will take up to three years and will likely cost $10 to $15 million total.

The majority of the funding for the project is coming from Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which is a group of investors, the Housing Trust Fund, and community partnerships, Morgan said.

But OlyCAP hopes to have community input throughout the project, she said.

“We’re not doing this as just a single agency,” she said. “We want to have the involvement of the community as a partner.”

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the public information session on June 26, where refreshments will be provided, to learn about the project and give input, stated a press release from OlyCAP.

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Patricia Durbin

Local papers, the City Council and others continually bombard us with the need for affordable housing in Port Townsend. So much so that it begins to go in one ear and out the other.

Today's edition of the Leader (8/14/19) features a front page article about proposed increases in property tax for the port, a pool, and (not again) schools!

Is it no wonder there is no affordable housing? Assessed evaluations continue to skyrocket and property owners are expected to be major support for the city's infrastructure. No wonder working people can't afford to live here.

Is it so impossible to believe a slight increase in consumption tax (sales) might offset the need? It seems to me it would distribute the load across not only residents, but the thousands of visitors who also use our roads, public lands, etc.

5 days ago