About Us

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:

  • 372 years of Community Development
  • Another 276 years in Financial Services
  • 225 years of experience in Social Services
  • 241 years of experience in Property Management
  • 291 years in Project Management
  • 189 years in Housing Development, and
  • 175 years of Construction Management.

In 2020, 56% of the organization’s residents were extremely low-income earning less than 30% of the Yakima Area Median Income (AMI). Another 17% were below 40% of the AMI, and another 18% were below 50%. A total of 91% 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 (Retired)

 

T.J. Mattingly

Community Rep

Since July 1999

Washington Resource and Development Council

Project Contract &
Finance Specialist

 

John Probst

Community Rep

Since January 2008

Catholic Charities

Housing Development Manager (Retired)

 

Kerri Faulkner

CHDO Rep

Since April 2009

Pear Tree Place

Resident

 

Amanda Delp

Community Rep

Since November 2018

Yakima Housing Authority

Section 8
Department Supervisor

 

Ashley Whitefoot Douglas

CHDO Rep

Since January 2019

Yakama Tribal
Behavioral Health

Domestic Violence Shelter Coordinator

 

Eliza Mancilla

CHDO Rep

Since January 2021

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington

Weatherization Program Financial Coordinator

 

Staff

John Mifsud (since June 1995)

Executive Director

Mr. Mifsud is celebrating 26 years as Executive Director of NSH. He has 42 years of program design, implementation and management experience as well as 37 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. John 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, John 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

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 and has dedicated herself to NSH having managed every property in our portfolio. Diana is a certified LIHTC Compliance Specialist and manages all NSH accounts payable and receivable. Ms. McClaskey has full responsibility for all leasing, rent collection, compliance, income certifications and resident files. As Deputy Director, she supervises all on-site management, case 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 in 2005. She became a Resident Manager in 2006.   She was promoted to NSH Asset Manager in 2007 overseeing all property management of the NHS portfolio.  Ms. Cleary is a veteran and a certified Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Specialist.  Ms. Cleary has managed three major capital renovations at the Clean House, the Lamplighter and the Sommerset Apartments managing 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 previously homeless and disabled households. She has dedicated her life to NSH and the people who benefit from the agency's supportive housing.

Keith Erickson (since January 2010)

Maintenance Superintendent

509.594.6242 (cell)

Mr. Erickson attained sobriety in 2007 and has been working for NSH since 2010. He was promoted to Maintenance Superintendent in 2018 and has managed major capital renovations at the Sommerset and Lamplighter Apartments. He also supervised construction of the Bicycle Apartments in 2020 and lives on site with his family. Mr. Erickson supervises all maintenance and inspections for the NSH portfolio as well as staff. He is very 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)

Lead Case Manager

509.301.1603 (cell)

Mr. Dominguez attained sobriety in 2001 and 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 and was promoted to Lead Case Manager in 2021. 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 has also worked for Yakima Memorial Hospital as a Chaplin focused on hospice and end of life care services. He sat on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and Critical Incidents Team and is currently on the Board of Directors for Triumph Treatment Services.

Josh Shay (since January 2019)

Maintenance Specialist

Mr. Shay joined the NSH Maintenance Team after working as the Yakima Superior Court Community Service Supervisor. He worked with a range of Drug Court clients who helped the elderly with yard work and painted over graffiti throughout the City. More recently, he was also the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Restorative Community Service Leader where he coordinated young people doing community service at the Union Gospel Mission kitchen as well as cleaning up Yakima parks, lakes and streams.

Hope Lange (since February 2020)

Property Manager

509.301.4317

Ms. Lange attained sobriety in 2016 and joined the NSH team in 2020. She previously worked as a Young Adult Housing Case Manager at Catholic Charities after enjoying 23 years as an Registered Nurse. In 2017, she earned her B.A. in Business and Marketing. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rod’s House, a local resource center for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Hope is also very active in the Yakima Alcoholic Anonymous community and is the Property Manager for the Lamplighter Apartments and Pear Tree Place I, II, and III.

Crystal Cleary (since September 2020)

Property Manager

509.594.6053

Ms. Cleary first worked for NSH in 2009 assisting with the major remodel of the Sommerset Apartments. She later became the Resident Manager of the Clean House and Lamplighter Apartments. In 2017, she left NSH to work as a Merchandiser at Home Depot and later became the Manager of Customer Service at Office Depot. NSH rehired Ms. Cleary in 2020 as the Property Manager of the Bicycle Apartments. Her customer service and information technology experience have been a welcome addition to the NSH team.

Alegria & Company, PS, is a certified public accounting firm licensed in the State of Washington with offices in Yakima, Prosser and Ellensburg. 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. Danelle Kindall is the Senior Accountant assigned to the account. Brian Newhouse, CPA, is the partner in charge of all services provided to NSH.

Demographics

Resident Demographics for 2020

396

237

5.77

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

220

68

68

30

10

56%

17%

17%

8%

2%

2

2

1%

1%

Left due to relapse

Found permanent housing

187

208

47%

53%

History

Male

Female

131

93

74

98

33%

23%

19%

25%

18 years old and under

19 to 35 years old

36 to 50 years old

Over 51 years old

215

105

0

44

32

54%

27%

0%

11%

8%

European-American

Latino-American

Asian-American

African-American

Native or Alaskan Native

163

32

109

114

58

54

26

69%

14%

46%

48%

24%

23%

11%

Previously Homeless

Veterans

Long-Term Recovery from Drug Addiction

Long-Term Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Living with a Developmental Disability

Living with a Physical Disability

Living with Chronic Mental Illness

236

237

56

20

Still Housed

Still Sober

Found Employment

Increased Income

100%

100%

24%

8%

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