Coffee with Colleen Housing Series and News

Join us Wednesday, September 1st at 8am to hear from County Commissioner, Sarah Martinez, the Peninsula Housing Authority’s Executive Director:

Sarah Martinez is the next expert guest in our Housing Series. and the current housing crisis, we are looking forward to your input and information on the current programs the Peninsula Housing Authority (PHA) has for serving Clallam County: What resources does PHA provide to renters or home owners who can’t afford housing locally?What multifamily properties does PHA own and operate?What is Section 8, how does it work and who is able to apply?What is the PHA Self-Help Program? Eligibility?With the Eviction Moratorium expiring on October 1st do you anticipate:Rents to increase across the board for PHA properties or privately-owned Clallam County multifamily properties?Renters will be unable to find adequate housing?Are there any Peninsula Housing Authority expansion plans in the works in Clallam County?What are the biggest barriers that you see for solving our housing crisis in Clallam County? 

Please join us Wednesday morning:
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Future Guests on Coffee with ColleenAugust 25 – Oct 15: Continuation of our Housing Series:Aug 25 – Commissioner Johnson – County Homelessness TFSept 1 – Peninsula Housing Authority – Sarah MartinezSept 8 – Habitat for Humanity – Colleen RobinsonSept 15 & Sept 22 – Serenity House (Unconfirmed) & 3 Property Managers from Sequim, PA & Forks (Unconfirmed)Oct 15 – Pam Rushton, County Assessor (confirmed)
CrabFest – Oct 8-10th They are Back! Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – Celebrating our Olympic Coast Cuisine:

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival served-up a record nine tons of fresh-caught Dungeness crab in 2019 before taking an unanticipated mandatory hiatus in 2020. Now, this signature Pacific Northwest culinary event is back and preparing for another “crabtastic” year.

CrabFest will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-10, at the Port Angeles City Pier, the Gateway Center, and Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor parking lot.

Admission is free. For More Details Download the CrabFest Brochure Here.
Lifeboat 3 Application Portal will Open Now.
The Clallam County Commissioners have agreed to begin the process to distribute up to $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to small businesses that have been the hardest hit and/or unable to receive federal or state funding with priority going to businesses that fall into one of the following categories:
Small businesses who previously applied and qualified for Working Washington or prior CAREs-funded Lifeboat grants that did not receive funding; Nonprofits (and potentially small businesses) who provide child care services;

Small businesses who qualified for 2nd PPP rounds of funding due to incurring a 25% reduction in revenues but did not receive a 2nd PPP loan;

Startup small businesses who commenced operations in 2019 or 2020 in Clallam County or changed their business type in 2019 or 2020;Fishing guides that did not qualify for any state or federal assistance programs during the pandemic;

Event Planners & Festival Operators that did not qualify SVOG or other state assistance programs;

Restaurants who applied for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund but did not receive any funding;

Businesses that transported passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 for transport to the hospital, that incurred significant unreimbursed COVID mitigation related costs);

and Businesses that can make the case that their unique situation of revenue loss (relative to other businesses in the county) warrants grant funding.

You’ll be able to find more information about the grant program at

Eat Local Month is back for a second year! Join Eat Local First Olympic Peninsula collaborative
partners as they support and share the work of local farmers, fishers, ranchers, chefs,
restaurateurs, grocers and others supporting our local food system during Eat Local First
Follow Eat Local First Oly Pen (@eatlocalfirstolypen) on social media in September to take your
taste buds on a journey through the farmlands, seas, markets, and restaurants of the Olympic
The Collaborative will be highlighting ways to enjoy local food in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
Throughout the month the local community will be engaged through social media to learn
about farmers and producers in the region, where to buy local products and to how help
individuals and families access fresh healthy food. The campaign will showcase food grown in
the region and provide creative ways our local community can support everyone who helps
bring local food from the farm and sea to our forks.
Throughout Eat Local Month consumers will be encouraged to participate in a virtual bingo
challenge. Individuals will be asked take to photos of the activities listed on the bingo card, then
post and share them with the hashtag #eatlocalfirstolypen. Every time someone makes a hashtagged
post, they will be entered to win one of several prizes that include a one-night stay and
dinner at the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angles, a picnic basket filled with local food items, gift cards
to various retailers, Eat Local First Olympic Peninsula branded promotional items and more.
Stay tuned for proclamations from our regional County Commissioners and City Councils
declaring September as Eat Local First month.

What: Eat Local Month –
When: September 2021
Where: Clallam and Jefferson counties
Who: Open to all

Thank you to our sponsors: Country Aire Market, Aldrich’s and Sunny Farms
Collaborative partners who manage and support the Eat Local First Olympic Peninsula year
round campaign include: The Food Coop, Port Townsend, North Olympic Development Council,
Olympic Culinary Loop, Washington State University Extension Regional Small Farms Programs, North
Olympic Land Trust and The Local Food Trust.

USDA Grants up to $125K for Small Timber Businesses:

To be eligible for payments, individuals or businesses must be a timber harvesting or timber hauling business where 50% or more of its gross revenue is derived from one or more of the following: Cutting timber. Transporting timber. Processing of wood on-site on the forest land (chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.).
Payments equal gross revenue received from the first 11 months of 2019 minus gross revenue received from the first 11 months of 2020, multiplied by 80%.
Visit for more information on how to apply.
Access a Flyer Here on the Program.
The new Washington State Small Business Flex Fund is OPEN

As of July 4, over 561 applications had been matched with CDFI lenders requesting $56.449 million. Of the application pool, 53% are women-owned businesses, 73% are women and minority-owned businesses and 53% are non-white business owners.
For More Information and to Apply Click Here to learn more about this crucial new resource for long-term capital for Washington’s small businesses and non-profit organizations. Many thanks to the teams at Washington Commerce and the National Development Council, among many other partners, for their leadership and persistence in making this $100M fund happen!
Read the June 30 media release about the opening of the Fund.
Funding still available for new or increased Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Whether you have an existing COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and want to apply for an increase; or are interested in applying for an initial COVID-19 EIDL, funding is available for loans up to $500,000. For more information on eligibility, use of proceeds, and loan terms, visit the SBA website.
Details on EIDL
The Seattle Metro Chamber’s REACH program and the Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP forgiveness, Employee Retention Tax Credits, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and financial record-keeping for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. Employers can reach out to Leigh ( to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber. 

Many thanks to the Seattle Metro Chamber for offering this amazing resource statewide!
Other Good Stuff…
Emergency Broadband Benefits
Emergency Broadband Benefits

The upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program? A household is eligible if one member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

1. Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;

2. Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

3. Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

4. Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Download the EBB Brochure HERE.

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