This is our call to action to address affordable housing | Letter to the editor

Posted 1/19/22

Imagine you’ve been hired to work at our local hospital (police/fire department, school, government, business, etc.). You go online to look for rentals or even homes to buy. You look every day. …

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This is our call to action to address affordable housing | Letter to the editor

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Imagine you’ve been hired to work at our local hospital (police/fire department, school, government, business, etc.). You go online to look for rentals or even homes to buy. You look every day. Every house or apartment is snapped up right away, and not cheap. Dagnabbit!

What can our community do? Can you do something to help? Share Our Spaces is a new local program within Housing Solutions Network. We/you/me/your neighbor/ a relative might: Create an extra room or an ADU in your home to rent out; build a Detached ADU (DADU), a tiny house or a house to rent out; or donate to housing nonprofits.

I have built houses and have rentals. I wasn’t born knowing how to be a landlord or build, I’ve learned over time. You can learn also be brave! Community members from the Housing Solutions Network can help you navigate the possibilities to create housing, for example: steps to being a landlord; what is an ADU and could that rental income augment your income and lifestyle; what is involved in putting a tiny home on my lot, and more. 

Yes, you can be part of the housing solution! HousingSolutionsNetwork.org. This is a call to action. Act!

Teri Nomura
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • Sonny Flores

    Great to see organizations such as the HSN working to help others find solutions for housing. However many home owners are not in the position or have the means to add an ADU due to high costs and long permitting process. To help with permitting costs HSN is advocating for the county/city to have pre approved ADU plans which would bypass the long permit process and ADU permits would have a set cost depending on the size of the ADU. This seems to have fallen on deaf ears from our county. And yet our neighboring county of Clallam and the city of Seattle have approved set ADU plans. The high costs of housing has out paced the wages of many workers, and they don't have the money needed for a down payment or deposits for first & last months rent. Recently the Jefferson County Emergency Ops Director wrote a editorial regarding how he is unable to purchase a home in Port Townsend due to the high costs & being outbid. Now the city/county has bought land off of Reiner street for the possibility to build "affordable" homes, which is a start, but high costs of infrastructure is presently placed on who ever builds. On January 19th, I was listening to an interview in KOUW of a spokes person who directs a similar organization to HSN on Orcas Island and she stated there are proposals for homes to be built as "affordable" starting at around 350k , however based on wages of most workers affordable is more like 180k. Port Townsend Home prices and rental costs far outpace earrings of many workers . HSN an organization helping others to find solutions to the growing problem of Housing needs. And as Teri Nomura stated "this is a call for action. Act!"

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