Housing Authority of Grays Harbor: What is going on?
Updated: Jan 1
You have heard it before, we have a housing crisis. It is being talked about in real estate circles, among politicians, and by the purveyors of the homeless industrial complex. So what is being done about it?
Locally, tax and spend politicians are calling for the government to construct low barrier shelters and additional low income housing because they claim there is not enough. Lack of housing is among the many reasons that is used to explain away the homeless crisis plaguing mostly urban cities throughout the United States.
However, right here in Grays Harbor we have a privately funded shelter called the Union Gospel Mission that sits half empty every night in the heart of downtown Aberdeen.
The most recent revelation is the quasi-governmental agency called the Housing Authority of Grays Harbor which is currently undergoing a vacancy crisis.
The Housing Authority of Grays Harbors intent and purpose is to create sustainable, quality affordable housing for all. They strive to provide and maintain safe, decent, sanitary, quality housing in a cost-effective manner. Housing Authorities generally get their funding from the federal government through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Housing Authorities in Washington State were established by the State Legislature through RCW 35.82. Grays Harbor County has 10 facilities that are all owned and operated by the Housing Authority of Grays Harbor. Three (3) of which are section 8 properties and seven (7) are project based section 8 with tax credits. Over the last year, these 10 facilities have seen an enormous amount of vacancies. Why?
Aberdeen Manor: 2,000 vacant days between 2020 and 2021.
Broadway Manor: 832 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Elma Manor: 744 vacant days in 2021
Emerson Court: 910 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Emerson Manor: 2,006 vacant days between 2018 and 2020
Harbor Manor: 882 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Hoquiam Manor: 1,397 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Pacific Court: 828 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Riverside III: 837 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
Skyview Manor: 875 vacant days between 2020 and 2021
That is 11,311 vacant days in 10 facilities located throughout Grays Harbor which equates to a loss (low income) of about $159,198 in rental income. This is happening while many applicants wait in line.
The current Board of the Housing Authority of Grays Harbor:
Stacia Bilsland – Chair
Luanne Stricevich – Vice Chair
Jerry Raines - CEO/Manager
Perhaps an important question to ask is. Should we expect better stewardship of our facilities, funds and resources from nonprofits, quasi-governmental agencies and politicians that receive your hard earned taxpayer money?