More about the need for local housing and our housing crisis…
A 2015 Hood River Housing Needs Analysis found that nearly one third of Hood River’s households were unable to afford their current housing, with roughly 40% of renters unable to afford their housing costs. The same analysis found that approximately 2,000 new residents will need more affordable housing options over the next 20 years.
Similarly, the median home price in White Salmon was $647,500 in 2021. This is unattainable even for those above the median income. The rental market is also experiencing a very low vacancy rate and high rents, untenable for most of our residents.
Large employers and small businesses are struggling to find and retain employees. Local schools can’t house their teachers, affecting our local school districts and enrollment. Much of our workforce is forced to commute from further and further out, creating employee instability, turnover, and lack of connection to the community. The cultural and social fabric of our community is at risk. Fewer and fewer locals are able to contribute fully in our community and lead healthy, happy lives.