More about us at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor
Every so often we like to reintroduce ourselves!
While we’ve been here in Grays Harbor since 1981 and presenting a column in The Daily World, since 1999 (and as a blog these last few years), we know that new folks are always moving into town – and that some of the people who were teens when we started writing this column are now homeowners – or want to be!
That’s why we recently posted a review of what we do at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor. We’ll spend just a minute more reviewing that review!
Reviewing our last blog
Basically, NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor is a private non-profit organization governed by a solid volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to help the Grays Harbor community with housing-related issues by creating affordable housing opportunities and solutions in partnership with local governments, businesses and residents.
Although some of our services require income-qualification, housing counseling is available regardless of income.
If you have a question regarding housing – from ownership to maintenance and hiring a contractor, dealing with a landlord to securing a rental, building a budget or building your credit, just give us a call. If we can’t help you ourselves, we can usually point you in the right direction.
Last week we fleshed out a few of the things we specifically help with including mortgage default as well as home buyer assistance, education and counseling.
Today we’re covering a bit about budgeting and money management help as well as landlord/tenant relations.
We can provide help with budgeting
Because nearly everyone can use a little help sorting out monthly bills or determining how best to reach financial goals (such as savings, buying a home, paying for an education, taking a vacation, etc.), we offer Budget/Money Management counseling.
Anyone feeling the need to get a handle on their spending or wanting to learn the skills necessary for financial stability can access this service, at no charge.
The NeighborWorks counseling department is also available to make presentations to any community group that would like more information on any of our services. Just give us a call at (360) 533-7828. Although with Covid-19 concerns, we may have to wait to schedule in-person presentations.
Let’s start off with some basics – We are not attorneys! However, we are familiar enough with landlord/tenant issues to give you a starting point to address your concerns.
Poor communication and not understanding responsibilities of and between parties creates most of the problems we hear about – and we hear from both sides!
If we can help you understand or better maintain your rental relationships through information directly available in the Landlord-tenant Act, we will do so.
Our counselor can help both landlords and tenants better understand their rights and responsibilities based on what the Washington State Landlord-Tenant Act says, not our interpretation. The Act is available online or in a paper copy at our office.
The counselor can offer some simple advice, but if you even have an inkling that you have a legal issue, the simple advice will be to find a knowledgeable attorney. You should bypass us and begin with a call to NW Justice Project’s CLEAR line (1-888-201-1014). You will find out if you and your case qualify for their legal help and if there is a cost for their legal services.
We are also landlords
While there are many well-kept rental properties in the Grays Harbor area, there are still too many units that generate ongoing owner, tenant and neighbor complaints.
Through our daily efforts, we have been able to create quality, safe and affordable housing options which hopefully creating strong competition for other rental properties in the area to become better.
Of our 38 rental units, 16 are rent-subsidized units. The remaining homes are offered at or below fair-market rent, and located throughout both Aberdeen and Hoquiam. If you are looking for quality rental housing, be sure to check with us for our available homes.
At this writing however, all of our units are leased.