A friend sent me a newspaper column that focused on the community impacts resulting from a lack of workforce housing along the Oregon coast. It outlined the case of tourism-driven communities whose housing crisis can’t be solved by the freemarket alone and whose communities are negatively impacted by the lack of affordable housing options.
This town’s chronic housing shortage is as bad now as it ever has been. But what will the town, its residents and its businesses do about it? Alan Nazzaro, the town’s housing director, has only been on the job about a year, but he’s spent most of the past several
months assessing the town’s shortage, and working on a plan to help alleviate it. Nazzaro
is now putting the finishing touches on a plan that could actually produce some new housing in and around the town in the next three to five years.