A housing task force plans to set a goal to create 270 livable units by 2024 with a combination of affordable apartments and other safe places for homeless or those with low incomes.
The task force has an Oct. 1 deadline to submit its recommendation for a five-year housing plan to the county commissioners, who will review it before they consider sending it to the state Department of Commerce.
Then the real work begins.
“We didn’t come here to lose, we came here to make a difference,” task force facilitator Lizanne Coker said Wednesday.
The task force has one final meeting — at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., Port Townsend — to finalize its objectives.
The Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing task force is a subcommittee of the Joint Oversight Board, which is a collaborative effort between the county and the city of Port Townsend.
It has been getting together twice per month since June, attempting to gather data and listen to anecdotes of individual or group living situations throughout Jefferson County.
Coker thought she might be reaching a bit when she suggested 270 units, but the task force approved the objective.
She broke it down to 162 apartment units, 28 safe beds, 40 safe placements for senior citizens and 20 senior RV units, plus 20 safe beds in two host homes in addition to multiple host families for homeless youth.
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