NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."


 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.



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December 24, 2018

As you have probably heard, a tornado hit Port Orchard last week! Tornados are not a typical concern around here, but the people in the neighborhood that was flattened will likely never think that again, just like that crazy, relentless, multi-faceted ‘Winter Storm of 2007’ that slammed into our community is still seared into our consciousness.

Securing your home as much as possible for our typical howling northwest weather is simply a smart idea. When an isolated tornado strikes, all you can do is get out of the way and watch out for flying debris.


The four main areas that should be checked for weakness before storm season are the roof, windows, doors and garage doors. If you haven’t done so yet, check them now. This is one of the times when it’s better late than never.

During a normal windstorm, the wind pushes against the outside of your home. The force of that wind is transferred from your roof and exterior walls through the interior walls to the foundation. If...

December 18, 2018

As your bustling home is being prepared for Christmas and New Year celebrations, be sure to be extra mindful of how you use electrical cords and outlets.

We recently talked with representatives from both the Grays Harbor PUD and the Aberdeen Fire Department about some of the electrical hazards this time of year that come with decorating and entertaining large groups, and we’d like to pass along some safety tips to you!

While for most people the lights are already up on the house and on the tree, it’s still good to review some safety rules. Here are some tips from the Grays Harbor PUD:

  • Remember non-LED lights heat up quickly so take extra care with them around curtains and other flammable objects.

  • Look up when hanging outdoor lights (or taking them down). Stay aware of where the overhead power lines are when setting up an outdoor ladder to put up or take down lights. If possible, use a wooden or fiberglass ladder and stay a ladder length away from overhead power lines.

  • When p...

December 9, 2018

Nicholas Yuva has plenty of experience knowing the needs and concerns of landlords. Recently hired as the Landlord Mitigation Program administrator for the Office of Supportive Housing in the state’s Commerce Department, Yuva has spent more than 20 years as a landlord in Oregon and Utah.

This new program, which Yuva was hired to administer in July, aims to put to rest landlords’ concerns that their property might be damaged beyond the amount of a reasonable damage deposit or that subsidized tenants might leave them in the lurch with unpaid rent. It does so by offering to reimburse landlords for damages caused by subsidized tenants not covered by their deposit. No more need to require double damage deposits – you’re covered!

“My goal is to build landlord confidence in renting to subsidized tenants,” Yuva explained, adding that he has just finished a month-long tour of the state in which he talked with landlords and service providers about the new program.  In fact, we met him in person re...

December 2, 2018

Have you ever considered renting a house or apartment to someone who receives public assistance for housing? If you are a landlord who has avoided renting to someone receiving rental assistance money, this column is for you!

Recently two laws went into effects that directly affect landlords. Designed as a pair to help combat homelessness, they tackle the problem from two different angles.

The first one, RCW 59.18.040, makes it illegal to discriminate against tenants or potential tenants based on their source of income.  The second law, RCW 43.31.605, established the Landlord Mitigation Program, which makes it more attractive for landlords to rent to people with lower incomes who are receiving rental assistance by offering some financial protection for the landlords.

In a recent column, we discussed the first law, with the help of Cassie Lentz, the housing coordinator of Grays Harbor County’s Public Health and Social Services Department. Today, we will describe the other side of the coin,...

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