HOUSING: City reviews solutions
St. Helens city leaders are reviewing a series of steps toward solutions to the city’s housing needs.
On May 1, the St. Helens City Council held a public forum to discuss the current results of the Housing Needs Analysis, an ongoing project that began in October of 2018 to address current affordable housing shortages in St. Helens.
In addition to the Housing Needs Analysis public forum, Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a listening session on Monday, May 6 in the Armstrong Room of the St. Helens Public Library, to address housing needs with key City representatives. Mayor Rick Scholl, City Administrator John Walsh, County Commissioner Henry Heimuller were there, among others.
Many of the comments provided examples of the housing shortage in the county.
Heimuller said the County was looking to hire a new finance director. The new hire moved in from Seattle in an RV and tried to find a home for about four months. After failing to find one, she turned down the position, “in the middle of budget season,” Heimuller said.