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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April 22, 2020

Grays Harbor’s homelessness action plan is making a difference!  

While it may not be easy to see for the average person, great work is being done to combat homelessness in Grays Harbor. And a lot of that success is a direct result of Cassie Lentz, who gathered all the stakeholders together to create a truly actionable five-year plan – the 2019-2024 Grays Harbor County Five Year Plan to Address Unmet Housing Needs.

We at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor are one of the organizations at the table, so we know of the impact firsthand.

When the plan was developed, Lentz was Grays Harbor County’s housing resource coordinator. Now she is Healthy Places manager for Grays Harbor County Public Health, overseeing the homeless housing program.

“We updated our homelessness action plan about a year ago and it is by far the most user-friendly of the plans that we have created over the years,” Lentz explained. “The plan lays out a clear scope of need and outlines the work that is already happening to ad...

April 13, 2020

We applaud the dedication, creativity and Herculean effort of the Grays Harbor area’s social services organizations and employees during this COVID-19 crisis. And in the next few weeks, we also want to take a look at the county’s progress in combatting homelessness in our area.

Now more than ever, it is clear that housing is health care.

A recent article from the National Low Income Housing Coalition expounded on that, stating, “Those experiencing homelessness in America are at extreme risk during the pandemic. Many are seniors, have disabilities and/or underlying medical conditions, live in crowded shelters or unsanitary conditions, and lack the ability to quarantine, isolate and recover.

“The lowest-income, severely housing cost-burdened renters – many of whom also are seniors and/or people with disabilities or health conditions – are at high risk of COVID-19 complications as well as the threat of eviction and homelessness due to loss of income.

“The spread of COVID-19 among these popula...

August 18, 2019

Do you need financing at a time and interest rate you can afford – and some expertise that is free of charge – to buy your first house? We’d love to help! Here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor we wear many hats. But, as a not-for-profit organization all of our roles are to help the people of Grays Harbor.

In fact, the mission of NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County is to develop partnerships in the community between business, government, and residents to create safe and affordable housing opportunities for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

One of the major ways we do that is to encourage, support and facilitate home ownership. Studies – and experience – have proven that home ownership helps stabilize and strengthen communities.

  

YOU CAN FINANCE THROUGH US

We can actually help make your dream of home ownership a reality. For starters, we have money available to loan to first-time homebuyers – up to 100 percent of the cost of the home including closing costs sometimes!  And, now is...

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...

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