OlyCAP to build up to 44 units of affordable housing
Olympic Community Action Programs is preparing to build up to 44 units of affordable housing and an early childhood education center at the corner of Hendricks and 7th Street in Port Townsend.
The property, which is directly next to the county Department of Community Development and QFC, is currently owned by Jefferson County. The county has an interlocal agreement with Jefferson Healthcare to use the property for parking.
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of intent at their business meeting on May 6 to sell or lease the piece of county property to OlyCAP for the housing project.
“Housing is in short supply,” said county administrator Philip Morley at the meeting. “It’s one of our community’s most pressing needs.”
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,” Morgan said. “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.”
There has been no construction of affordable multi-family housing for lower income households in Jefferson County since at least 2006, when OlyCAP developed the South Seven Senior Village near Port Hadlock, according to a press release from OlyCAP.
County officials are currently in conversation with OlyCAP members to decide whether to enter into a long-term lease or sell the property for the affordable housing project.
“There are only so many pieces of property that are available for affordable housing,” said County Commissioner David Sullivan.
The location is ideal for affordable housing because it is near the bus stop and near services such as the hospital and grocery stores, Morgan said.
Altogether, 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.
“We need 10% community buy-in, which is the community’s financial contribution,” Morgan said. “We’re not doing this as just a single agency. We want to have the involvement of the community as a partner.”
Part of that partnership comes from the county, as the letter of intent stated that at closing, OlyCAP will pay 10 percent or less of the fair market value for the property as the purchase price.
OlyCAP has hired Third Place Design Cooperative, out of Seattle, and local architect Richard Berg from Terrapin Architecture for the development and design of the building.
“The building has to be sustainable for 50 to 80 years,” Morgan said. “That means it needs to be built green.”
In the coming months, Third Place Design and OlyCAP will host a series of public meetings to discuss design with community members and receive input, she said.
Schematic design will take place in July, financing applications will take place from September to January of 2020 and OlyCAP hopes to begin construction by September of 2020, with the project slated to finish two years later.
“The problem in this community is overwhelming,” said Dale Wilson, OlyCAP’s executive director. This year, OlyCAP’s Point-In-Time count showed 90 more homeless individuals than the year before.
Wilson added that many previous affordable housing projects funded by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in Jefferson County are going to expire soon, and no longer be required to be affordable.
“If something doesn’t happen we’re actually going to see some significant losses of what has traditionally been affordable housing in the community,” he said. “That would be horrible. And it is coming. Once they are paid off, and reach their 20 years, then all of a sudden they’re up for grabs. Those properties can be converted to other uses really fast.”
Low Income Housing and Subsidized Apartments in Port Townsend, WA
Below is the listing of 9 affordable apartments and low-income housing in Port Townsend, WA. Some apartments listed here will require prospective residents to meet income eligibility requirements and other guidelines specific to a housing authority, and other properties will be open to all residents needing affordable housing.
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Affordable Housing In Port Townsend
Jefferson County, Washington
11 Low Income Apartment Communities In Port Townsend
Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Port Townsend, Washington
Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.
Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.
Public Housing Agencies Serving Port Townsend, Washington
Guide To Affordable Housing in Port Townsend, Washington
There are 11 low income housing apartment communities offering 503 affordable apartments for rent in Port Townsend, Washington.
Income Based Apartments in Port Townsend, Washington
Port Townsend features 282 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.
Low Rent Apartments in Port Townsend, Washington
There are 221 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Port Townsend.
Housing Choice Vouchers in Port Townsend, Washington
On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Port Townsend landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Port Townsend.
The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Port Townsend, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $941 and $1,151.
2022 Port Townsend, Washington Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards
Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
|Studio||One BR||Two BR||Three BR||Four BR|
|Port Townsend, Washington Fair Market Rent||$754||$885||$1,046||$1,486||$1,790|
|Port Townsend, Washington Payment Standard Range||$679 to $829||$797 to $974||$941 to $1,151||$1,337 to $1,635||$1,611 to $1,969|
Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.
Port Townsend, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot
|Total Affordable Apartment Properties||11|
|Total Low Income Apartments||503|
|Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance||282|
|Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters||34.51%|
|Average Renter Household Size||1.93|
|Average Household Size||2.05|
|Median Household Income||$42,742 ±$5,326|
|Median Rent||$807 ±$93|
|Percentage Of Renters Overburdened||47.29% ± 11.47pp|
Population and Household Demographics
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington with a population of 9,208. There are 4,431 households in the city with an average household size of 2.05 persons. 34.51% of households in Port Townsend are renters.
Income and Rent Overburden in Port Townsend
The median gross income for households in Port Townsend is $42,742 a year, or $3,562 a month. The median rent for the city is $807 a month.
Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Port Townsend, a household making less than $2,690 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.29% of households who rent are overburdened in Port Townsend.
Area Median Income In Port Townsend
Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.
HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Port Townsend, the AMI is calculated from all households within Jefferson County.
In Port Townsend, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $67,400
Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.
Rental Assistance in Port Townsend
Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.
Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Port Townsend
|1 Person||2 Person||3 Person||4 Person||5 Person||6 Person||7 Person||8 Person|
|30% AMI Income Limits|
Renters earning up to 30% of the Port Townsend AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
|50% AMI Income Limits|
Renters earning up to 50% of the Port Townsend AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
|80% AMI Income Limits|
Renters earning up to 80% of the Port Townsend AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
Port Townsend, WA Low Income Housing
Port Townsend, WA Low Income Housing
We list 2 Low Income Apartment complexes in or near Port Townsend, WA
Our listings include:
1. Privately owned subsidized housing apartments.
2. Public Housing apartments. These are owned by the state. They are affordable rentals for families who are low income, seniors, or disabled. We list the local housing authorities. They may have information on how to help you with your rental payments.
3. Housing Choice Voucher aka Section 8 listings. Contact your public housing authority to apply. Note: Most of these Section 8 lists are closed or have extended waiting lists.
We display monthly rates for the apartments when possible. Most of subsidized apartments base the rent on income, therefore, you will need to contact the apartment directly for rates. We list all pertinent contact information.
Less than 1/4 of all HUD eligible households receive housing due to the current shortage of available housing. 2013 Harvard's Joint Center for Housing
HUD Fair Market Rent For Port Townsend, Washington - Jefferson County
There are 2 Affordable Apartment Complexes in or near Port Townsend, WA
Marine Plaza Apartments is a senior low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (Housing and Urban Development Division). Contact Marine Plaza Apartments for complete details on the current vacancies and housing application...
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Admiralty Apartments is a Family low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (Housing and Urban Development Division). Contact Admiralty Apartments for complete details on the current vacancies and housing applications....
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Port Townsend, Washington Low Income Apartments
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