Clallam County seeks housing solutions coordinator

Commissioners to hear more discussion after position is analyzed

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County wants to hire a “housing solutions and grant coordinator” to help the county’s housing solutions committee in its work.

The issue will be brought back to the commissioners in two or three weeks after gathering input, said Brenda Wenzl, a human resources analyst with the county.

Looking at similar coordinator positions at the city of Port Angeles and Olympic National Park, the salary could range from $57,500 to $82,300 per year, she said.

“I would favor moving that to the higher end because it’s not an easy job,” said Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach.

Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias said the position can be funded through both 2060 funds and 1590 money and definitely will last longer than two years.

Washington State House Bill 1590 allowed counties to pass a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase (Commissioners Ozias and Randy Johnson voted in favor; Commissioner Peach voted against) earlier this year to provide a revenue stream to support affordable housing projects.

Washington State Substitute House Bill 2060 provides funding for operation and maintenance of low-income housing projects and innovative housing demonstration projects.

The Clallam County Commissioners named this fund the Clallam County Affordable Housing Fund and make all funding decisions.

Ozias wrote in a later email, “We are considering whether to utilize a portion of this revenue, and/or ARPA dollars, to fund the Housing Solutions Coordinator position but have not made that final determination yet.”

Ozias said a housing solutions and grant coordinator position is something the commissioners have thought about since the housing solutions committee was formed in March of this year.

The commissioners want to do everything they can to make the committee a success, which will require developing metrics to gauge that success, he said.

Johnson said the city of Port Angeles has had its position for two years, which is a fairly long period of time, he said.

In May, the city of Port Angeles hired Holden Fleming as housing coordinator to work on projects to provide affordable housing and reduce homelessness. The city allocated $225,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for the two-year position.

Peach said the ability to collaborate with other governments and groups is essential.

If they don’t fill the position, opportunities could be lost, he said.

It’s important to have someone in charge because housing is such a complicated issue, Ozias said.

“I totally agree it will be a long-term position. I consider this to be a key position,” Johnson said.


Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached by email at

More in News

Jefferson County increases fire danger from ‘high’ to ‘very high’

Fire marshal cites months of drought conditions, increased risk of lightning

Animal board to help with dogs

Clallam County seeking solutions to Bark House closure

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Francis Charles leads tribal members in a ceremony across the length of the new Elwha River bridge, which opened Sunday afternoon. The tribal members dedicated the surface with cedar bows as members of the bridge crew watched from left. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Sweeping ceremony

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Francis Charles leads tribal members in a… Continue reading

Jennifer Gold.
‘Polite Calamities’ novel to launch Saturday

Author to provide reading, discussion at Imprint Books

Chip sealing, striping on highways this week

Drivers on opposite ends of the North Olympic Peninsula… Continue reading

Temporary bypass lanes to open near Ruby Beach

Work crews will open temporary bypass lanes around two new… Continue reading

Summertime Singers to perform this weekend

The Summertime Singers will perform concerts at 7 p.m.… Continue reading

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian, 6, looks on at Old Barn Lavender Company near Sequim on Saturday, part of Sequim Lavender Weekend. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Fresh lavender in Sequim fields

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian,… Continue reading

District adding community paramedic

Program designed to help frequent 9-1-1 callers

“Remember Me,” the large-scale mural on the American Legion-Jack Grennan Post 62 hall, was unveiled at a public event on Saturday. (Melissa Klein)
American Legion mural displays World War I hero

‘Remember Me’ includes portrait of Jack Grennan

Sequim council enacts remote public comment procedure

Participants who want to speak remotely must sign in by 3 p.m. on meeting day

Operations scheduled at Bentinck range this week

The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be… Continue reading