Norm McLoughlin


Self-Help Housing


Photos, top and center left: Participant families during the construction of their homes at Austurbruin in Poulsbo.

Photos, lower left: Congressman Jay Inslee (right) assisting program participant.

Photos, right: Completed home at Austurbruin.

Self-Help Housing


Austurbruin is the new construction of 40 homes built by owner/builders in the Self-Help Housing Program and ten zero lot line duplex townhomes that provide rental housing. In creating the Austurbruin neighborhood, the housing authority recognized a need to create affordable housing opportunities that provide both homeownership and rental opportunities for families and individuals who have been priced out of the Kitsap County housing market.

The Self-Help homes are a mix of one and two story homes that have been situated to take advantage of vistas of the Olympic Mountains, open trails and park space and playfields associated with the nearby schools. Owner/builders chose from five one-story plans that range in size from 1,107 to 1,300 square feet, and four two-story plans that range in size from 1,200 to 1,328 square feet.

The rental housing is a mix of three and four bedroom one-bath units with a shared entry way. The goal was to provide duples unitys that have the appearance of a large single family home.

The Housing Authority has donated over eight acres of land to the City of Poulsbo to create a public park, open space and walking trails at the Austurbruin site.

The Austurbruin development was the Gold Award recipient of the HUD Secretary's

Award for Excellence. The award is given in partnership with the National Association for Homebuilders and Professional Builder magazine and recognizes the high quality of the home, the affordability for the families and the design of the homes.

Austurbruin was also selected as a Meritorious Achievement Award winner by the Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies for its tangible results, innovation, and the unique opportunity addressed by the