An interesting article in today's Wenatchee World bids the question, "How badly does this city need more affordable housing and what can be done about it?"
Wenatchee gets first look at consultant's recommendations for affordable housing
City will use findings and community input to pursue firm's suggestions
Posted April 04, 2008
"WENATCHEE - How badly does this city need more affordable housing and what can be done about it?
Community members, housing industry pros and city officials will get their first look April 24 at an independent consulting firm's recommendations to make it easier for low- to middle-income residents to buy homes.
The firm, California-based David Paul Rosen, will present its findings at the city-hosted Affordable Housing Symposium at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Officials from Rosen will moderate the symposium.
The city is paying Rosen $24,500 to study the local need for affordable housing and recommend how the city can fulfill the need, Monica Libbey, the city's housing and community planner said.
"We have a genuine intent of increasing the supply of housing that's affordable for all," Libbey said by phone Thursday."
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