There are openings in the self help group forming in Port Angeles now and *NEW* – forming a group in FORKS!!


Fill out the intake form and contact Melanie McCaughan, today!

Self Help Intake Form

What’s New?

W 15th Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Peninsula Housing Authority recently celebrated the Ground Breaking for 8 new homes on W 15th between K and M Street in Port Angeles. 

This group of homes is being built by families under the Mutual Self Help Program. Instead of a down payment, families promise to put in 32 hours a week working on their home, and their neighbor’s homes, until all 8 homes are completed.  These hours are in addition to their regular jobs and caring for their families.  They commit to working every week, no matter what the weather does (or what holidays fall in that week.)  Friends, extended families, and community volunteers can help with up to 16 hours per week, reducing the family’s hours to a minimum of 16 hours.

The families in the program represent a cross section of the community: young families, senior citizens, and families with no children as well as single parent households.  There are health care workers, artists, social workers, educators, construction workers, service industry workers, and some with disabilities. These families all have one thing in common; they have a dream to own their own home.  Through hard work, they will bring this dream into reality. 

The Peninsula Housing Authority appreciates support from our community in the form of volunteers and the financial support of:

  • USDA/Rural Development (RD) 523 Technical Assistance grant funds to pay for staff, equipment, and administration of the program and RD502 Direct loans to homeowners to cover lot and construction costs.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development SHOP funds through Community Frameworks to purchase the land.
  • Port Angeles Association of Realtors for down payment assistance for the families.
  • RCAC, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, for their technical assistance.

Doug Wessel, construction supervisor, is excited to dig in with these families and get started on this group of homes.  

Peninsula Housing Authority has previously sponsored a total of 87 homes through the Mutual Self Help program.  The program utilizes the concept that, working together, families can build homes, similar to an old fashioned barn-raising.  Our Construction Supervisor provides guidance and instruction on use of tools and construction techniques and ensures that the homes are built to code and pass all inspections.

The Mutual Self Help Housing Program is accepting applications for future home builders.  There are current openings for families in the next group in Port Angeles and for a group forming in Forks.  Peninsula Housing Authority provides pre-purchase counseling, education, and credit repair.


For more information, contact Melanie McCaughan at Peninsula Housing Authority, 360-452-7631 extension *822 or email


RCAC Self Help Success stories:


Mutual Self-Help Home Building Mutual Self-Help Home Building Mutual Self-Help Home Building

What it is:

An opportunity for low and very low income families to own a home (a new  home at that!) through their own work on all of the homes in a building  group cooperative.  You put in 32 hours a week, (and so does everyone  else) working on all of the homes.  In the end, you all have a home, and  a neighborhood where you know everyone before you even move in.

I didn’t know that! (brochure 2017)

Application Process:

Complete the intake application and contact Melanie McCaughan for an appointment, or call 360-452-7631 extension *822.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are encouraged to help with construction.  Please contact Melanie for volunteer information.

Who to Contact: Melanie McCaughan




Peninsula Housing Authority takes situations involving fraud very seriously.  Applicants or tenants who knowingly misrepresent or do not provide accurate income related to eligibility, including income, preference information for admission, expenses, family composition or rent may be at risk of losing assistance.

The Peninsula Housing Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status in admission of access to its programs. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, contact the PHA at (360) 452-7631.

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