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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So far 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least!

While many things about our day-to-day life with the coronavirus are out of our control, when it comes to your house, you have the power to start and complete many chores and projects now that will make an immediate improvement ahead of summer, and may even lengthen the life of your home.

           

Take a good look at winter’s impact

The cold, rain and wind of fall and winter – as well as UV light all year around – can do a number on your house. So, take one of our brighter days to take an assessment of what needs to go on your “to do” list for this spring and summer.

As we mentioned last week, homes in this climate need to be repainted about every five to seven years depending on the type of paint used, the quality of the prep work, the type and condition of your siding and trim, maintenance cleaning and how close you live to the salt water, among other things. 

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From cleaning closets and attics to washing houses, fixing fences, staining decks and putting in gardens, it’s clear that many of us are using our sheltering at home time during this pandemic to improve our homes.

Of course, we are all for that! In fact, we here at NeighborWorks might be able to help you in some very practical ways. Read on!

Transfer station open

If, like so many, you’ve either cleaned out closets, garages and attics or plan to soon, you may already know that as of right now most charities are not open to receive donations. So, after you call and confirm this, you’ll need to store those boxes of reusable items a little bit longer.

However, the good news is that the stuff that just needs to be thrown away, you can still take care of now. The LeMay Transfer Station, which is now located at 29 Gavett Lane N., Montesano, is available to take your junk. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Look them up online or call (360) 53...

At all times, being able to live in safe, decent housing is a key factor for health.  And, when the top medical and governmental agencies have us all on a “stay at home” order, it’s nice to have some place to hunker-down. That same order, however, has presented many with unemployment issues that have reduced or eliminated the very income needed to pay rent, mortgage and monthly bills.

Even for folks who outright own their home but are not working, it can be a struggle to pay for utilities, taxes and insurance.  The same goes for landlords when their rental income is reduced or stops altogether. That landlord still has to pay for all city utilities, garbage, insurance, taxes and often a monthly mortgage payment.

When those expenses don’t get paid, the municipalities and companies that provide and maintain necessary services often don’t get paid creating new negative economic spirals with more people getting laid-off and more services reduced,  adding to health risks for all of us. We are...

Like just about everyone, because of the coronavirus, doing business and living life are looking different for us here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor.

As a nonprofit organization that works to provide safe, affordable housing opportunities for people of Grays Harbor County, we are as committed as ever to help clarify renter and landlord issues, to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, to support homebuyer education with counseling, to make loans for home purchase and repair, and to qualify residents for free ductless heat pumps. But all these activities require contact for both you and us.

           

Going to Work Looks Different

We have been spending the last two months social distancing and primarily working from home. However, we are also changing our physical office to create a safer and more efficient workspace for what we believe will be a very busy time for all of us, again.  

Changes we have made in our office at 710 East Market...

Last week we talked about various programs designed to help folks pay their mortgage during the financial impact of COVID-19. Today, we’ll concentrate on information that renters and landlords need to know during these unprecedented times.

The basic message is that because of various governmental actions, renters in most all situations should be able to stay in their homes or apartments regardless of their ability to pay.

Once again, we turned to Julie Galligan, our housing counselor here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor. She’s working hard to keep up with all the latest COVID-19 related financial programs and has several practical tips.

“This is such an unusual time for our society with so many people out of work, so many businesses shut down and so much uncertainty. Even once the economy gets going again, many people will struggle to pay their rent for a while,” said Julie.

However, Washington State has enacted a moratorium that provides protection to renters through June 4 so they can’t...

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Aberdeen, WA 98520

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