About Us

History

Next Step Housing (NSH) has provided quality, clean and sober, supportive housing to residents of Yakima since 1991. NSH pioneered the development of Alcohol and Drug Free Communities (ADFC’s) in Washington and currently owns and operates the only clean and sober permanent housing for large families with children in the State.  Our community-based Board of Directors and Staff have many years of experience in service provision for special needs populations and expertise in financial management as well as in developing and managing affordable housing.

Combined, the Board and Staff have a collective:

  • 337 years of Community Development
  • Another 263 years in Financial Services
  • 212 years of experience in Property Management
  • 210 years in Project Management
  • 181 years in Housing Development
  • 149 years of experience in Social Services, and
  • 116 years of Construction Management.

In 2016, 51% of the organization’s residents were extremely low-income earning less than 30% of the Yakima Area Median Income (AMI). Another 14% were below 40% of the AMI, and another 28% were below 50%. A total of 93% of our residents were at or below 50% of the AMI when they first moved in.

Board of Directors

Arnoldo Hernandez

President

Since July 1999

DSHS DDA

SOLA Manager (Retired)

 

Lisa Baldoz

Vice-President

Since November 2012

WA State Dept. of Health

Disease Intervention Specialist

 

Terry Wheat

Treasurer

Since November 2012

Gesa Credit Union

Chief Executive Officer

 

T.J. Mattingly

Community Rep

Since July 1999

Triumph Treatment Services

Housing Director

 

Robert Barth

CHDO Rep

Since May 2005

Yakima 12 Step Programs

 

John Probst

Community Rep

Since January 2008

Catholic Charities

Housing Development Manager (Retired)

 

Hertis Harris

CHDO Rep

Since April 2009

Crossroads House

Resident Manager (Retired)

 

Kerri Faulkner

CHDO Rep

Since April 2009

Pear Tree Place

Resident

 

Staff

John Mifsud (since June 1995)

Executive Director

Mr. Mifsud is celebrating 22 years as Executive Director of NSH. He has over 40 years of program design, implementation and management experience as well as 35 years of experience in property management and development in the private, non-profit and public sectors. A long-term housing advocate for people with special needs, Mr. Mifsud developed the first affordable, independent clean and sober housing units for families with children in the State of Washington. Mr. Mifsud has managed portfolios of 800+ units in four states including commercial properties and tax credit developments. A Certified Families for Self-Sufficiency Specialist, Mr. Mifsud also designed and supervised on-site case management services for a diversity of special needs populations in Washington. Currently, Mr. Mifsud manages all staff as well as finances, fundraising, land acquisition, new developments and major capital improvements for NSH.

Diana McClaskey (since March 2002)

Deputy Director

Pear Tree Place

509.249.0390 (office) 509.469.0203 (fax)

Ms. McClaskey reached sobriety in October 2001 and moved into an NSH property in November of that year. She became the House Manager in March of 2002. She has dedicated herself to NSH and has managed every property in our portfolio. Diana is also the Resident Manager and Case Management Supervisor for Pear Tree Place I, II & III. Ms. McClaskey supervises a staff of six employees for NSH and has full responsibility for all leasing, rent collection, compliance, income certifications and resident files. As Deputy Director, she supervises all on-site management and maintenance staff.

Connie Cleary (since January 2005)

Asset Manager

Sommerset Apartments

509.457.8771 (office) 509.457.0173 (fax)

Ms. Cleary achieved sobriety in 2003 and began working for NSH as a Housekeeper. She was promoted to Resident Manager in 2006. Ms. Cleary is a veteran with certified training in customer service. Connie became the NSH Asset Manager in 2007. Ms. Cleary has managed two comprehensive capital renovations at both the Clean House and the Lamplighter Apartments. She managed all on-site maintenance staff as well as subcontractors and inspections. She is currently the Resident Manager of the Sommerset Apartments as also acts as the On-Site Case Manager for 11 homeless/disabled units. She has dedicated her life to NSH and the people who benefit from the agency's supportive housing.

Keith Erickson (since January 2010)

Maintenance Co-Superintendent

509.594.6242 (cell)

Mr. Erickson shares the title of NSH Maintenance Superintendent with Mike Ryckman. Keith became sober in 2007 and has been working with NSH since 2010. He is active in the Yakima Narcotics Anonymous community. Keith says, “Working with people in recovery is really a dream come true for me. I love that I am on staff at Next Step. Being of service to my community helps keeps me clean and sober.”

Rigoberto Dominguez (since April 2013)

Case Manager

509.823.8017 (cell)

Mr. Dominguez originally came to NSH as a resident in 2010. In 2012, he began working for NSH as a People 4 People intern through their Parents Work First Program. He was hired as a Case Manager to work with homeless veterans at Pear Tree Place III in 2013. He received his Associates of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Yakima Valley Community College in 2012 and completed his Bachelor of Science in Religion in 2012. Mr. Dominguez is bilingual and bicultural and also works for Yakima Memorial Hospital as a Chaplin focused on hospice and end of life care services. He sits on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and Critical Incidents Team and is currently on the Board of Directors for Triumph Treatment Services.

Alegria & Company, PS, is a certified public accounting firm licensed in the State of Washington with offices in Yakima and Prosser. Alegria has been serving nonprofit organizations for nearly 70 years and manages NSH’s financial reporting and accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Additionally, Alegria manages annual audit preparation and tax returns. Brian Newhouse, CPA is the partner in charge of all services provided for NSH.

Demographics

Resident Demographics for 2016

319

187

5

Total People Housed

Total Households

Average Stay in Years*

People

% of

total

Below 30% AMI

Below 40% AMI

Below 50% AMI

Below 80% AMI

Above 80% AMI

163

44

89

21

2

51%

14%

28%

7%

1%

4

15

2%

8%

Left due to relapse

Found permanent housing

145

177

45%

55%

Male

Female

104

76

70

70

33%

24%

22%

22%

18 years old and under

19 to 35 years old

36 to 50 years old

Over 51 years old

168

99

0

21

31

53%

31%

0%

7%

10%

European-American

Latino-American

Asian-American

African-American

Native or Alaskan Native

193

23

111

115

54

36

22

61%

12%

59%

61%

29%

19%

12%

Homeless

Veterans

Recovering from Drug Addiction

Recovering from Alcohol Addiction

Developmentally Disabled

Disabled (other)

Chronically Mentally Ill

159

180

65

39

Still Housed

Still Sober

Found Employment

Increased Income

85%

96%

35%

21%

Updated June 2017

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