The Peninsula Housing Authority Board of Commissioners announced in January the resignation of Pam Tietz, executive director, and the appointment of Kay Kassinger as interim director.
Tietz’s last day was Dec. 2, after 19 years with the Peninsula Housing Agency. She accepted a position as executive director of the Spokane Housing Authority.
Co-workers said that during her tenure as executive director on the Olympic Peninsula, Tietz promoted community partnerships as the foundation to developing affordable housing solutions. Tietz was instrumental in forming partnerships with Serenity House, West End Out Reach Services and Olympic Community Action Programs, resulting in more opportunities to provide services and housing to many different communities, they said.
Tietz also promoted and implemented the merger of the Clallam Housing Authority with the Housing Authority of Jefferson County which became the current Peninsula Housing Authority. She was active on the Homelessness Task Force, Housing Assistance Providers Network and is serving now as an appointee for the Washington State Housing Finance Committee.
The number of publicly supported housing units increased by 257 units during her tenure with the Clallam Housing Authority and more recently the merged entity known as the Peninsula Housing Authority was a direct result of her tireless dedication and hard work, according to Peninsula Housing Authority sources.