Suzanne Bonamici hears housing crisis concerns
How can the federal government help ease the North Coast’s housing crunch?
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici came to Seaside Tuesday, April 16, as part of a series of visits along the Coast. The goal was to crack the code of the South County’s ongoing housing crisis, one which sees a dearth of affordable workforce housing — a problem hindering economic development, leading to a rise in homelessness and higher housing costs.
“Oregon and much of the nation is facing this affordability crisis,” Bonamici said. “There are so many issues that contribute: inadequate housing stock, new units are often unaffordable, especially for the middle and lower income households. The federal support for the cost burden is insufficient and frankly declining, and income growth has failed to keep pace with housing costs and other expenses.”