Shouldn’t people who live and work in
Jefferson County have the opportunity to live in safe, stable homes they can afford?
What People Say
Ray Hunter, Discovery Bay,
This is a noble cause. As a citizen, I want better things for our community.
Gary Engbrecht, homeowner
At first glance, with little information at all, I was opposed to this proposition. In time I followed through, did the math and saw that I would feel very little pain at tax time so now support the plan. I’m betting that folks with passion and vision will find ways to improve lives and make our world just a little bit better if given the chance.
As clergy who share concern for the welfare of all in our community,
we urge a Yes vote on Prop 1. Preacher Carl Hanson, Rev. Kate Lore, Rev. Bruce Bode, Pastor Paul Heins. (Not pictured, Pastor Tony Brown, Rev. Dianne Andrews.)
Austin Kerr, Port Ludlow, retired.
We are in a near-crisis situation. This plan is well-thought-out and does what we need done. As a Port Ludlow pensioner on a fixed income I appreciate the difficulty of this issue. I also fear that if we do not act we will face even worse problems. I need service people who can afford to live nearby. It seems like a small price to pay to solve a very real problem and help a vast number of us in our county.
Bill Lowry, Chair, Board of the Economic Development Council:
The lack of affordable housing is a persistent and growing challenge to the businesses in our area and an impediment to economic development. This initiative is a necessary first step to collectively addressing the problem locally.
Carl Hanson, Chair of the COAST Board:
Families are the health of our community and we need to provide a means of allowing young families to stay and to be able to thrive here.
DeForest Walker, COAST:
When our law enforcement personnel, teachers, service sector works, emergency medical techs, daycare workers and other healthcare staffers cannot afford to live in the communities they serve, everybody suffers. Communities that house all citizens have lower crime rates and save huge amounts of money on expensive hospital emergency room, ambulance, law enforcement, jail, and court costs.
Diana Assumpcao, Family Service Support for OlyCAP/Early Childhood Services, hearing testimony
The families in Head Start and Early Head Start are among the neediest, most vulnerable and at-risk of the citizens in Jefferson County … Over fifteen years, the housing crisis has increased. Some families have been forced to live in vans, buses, campers, and with relatives. The effect this lack of (housing) consistency has on very young children is immeasurable.
To not know where you are going to sleep, who may be in a household with you, and how long you can stay increases the risks to these children both developmentally and emotionally. The opportunities are so limited that many are literally left out in the cold.
Vicki Kirkpatrick, Jefferson County Public Health Director:
Research is very clear and compelling that housing is fundamental to health and well-being … (C)hildren in our community facing housing and homelessness experience Adverse Childhood Experiences, which … negatively affect future health, opportunity, violence victimization and perpetration – effects that are lifelong …
Richard Davies, defense attorney:
The success rate for drug court participants has increased significantly since we partnered with OlyCAP to provide stable housing. Housing changes people’s lives.
Owen Fairbank, retired:
Affordable housing is a tremendous need and I fully support this …
Barbara Morey, Affordable Housing Action Group:
I support the proposed levy to establish a Home Opportunity Fund.
Teri Nomura, realtor:
Affordable housing does not just happen … What kind of people are we who cannot help our children, our friends and neighbors to be sheltered?
I don’t hear anyone saying that affordable housing isn’t a challenge for our community. Careful thought went into this plan, and it makes sense. How can we have a strong and vibrant community if everyone – including the children – doesn’t have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, stable, and affordable home?
Jan Krick, affordable housing advocate:
I support this measure.
Nobody should have to choose between staying in an unsafe home and having no home at all.
I have worked hard for what I now have … and what better way to share with my neighbors than to give what I can. Dignity, pride, respect; is that too much to ask?
I grew up here, and now I am a working mom. I have had to move five times in the last two years because of the housing situation in Jefferson County. I support this measure. Landlords may raise the rent to cover the ten dollars a month their taxes go up, but it will be worth it to create affordable housing.
I’m for it.
Ian Keith, builder and former city council member:
We built affordable homes, but the market took over. To those who decry the provision as a subsidy, I respond that most homeowners have taken advantage of federal subsidies, such as the mortgage interest deduction and/or FHA guarantees. Those subsidies do not help those who are not in a position to buy.
This is an issue of preserving the character of Jefferson County by helping people of lower income remain part of the community They contribute in numberless ways. Primarily it is an issue of fairness.
Amy Howard, Executive Director of the Boiler Room
Seven people work at the Boiler Room. I am the only one who is adequately housed, and that’s through the kindness of my in-laws. Three are in overcrowded houses. Three staff are homeless: couch surfing and in cars. I support this measure.
Kellen Lynch, young working person: As someone who was raised here, and hopes to continue to live and prosper in JC, I am dismayed by the distinct possibility that I will have nowhere to live long term.
Peter von Christierson, Board of Homeward Bound:
I’m for it.
Ariel Speser: Northwest Justice Project.
I have represented over 40 JeffCo residents in affordable housing matters over two years. A countywide solution that would increase affordable housing in Jefferson County would have a positive impact for a significant number of persons who would otherwise lack affordable, adequate, and safe housing – mitigating a hardship that will benefit the community as a whole.