"The Future of Housing in Whatcom County: Affordable & Innovative – Can We Do Both?”
The League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County presented a program examining affordable housing in Whatcom County on Saturday, September 19th, 2015. The program was held at the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Avenue, Bellingham) in the Downstairs Lecture Room.
This program offered a further exploration of the issues raised in the League’s “Women’s Economic Study,” released in January of this year. Specifically, this public program addressed questions regarding current and future needs for housing; why affordability matters to the community as a whole; and an examination of types of housing that will be in highest demand over the next two decades. Housing affordability is an increasing challenge for many in Whatcom County; for example, a family of four must earn at least 85% of the area’s median income ($49,498/year) to afford a 3-bedroom apartment.
Speakers will included Bellingham Planning Director Rick Sepler, Whatcom Homeless Service Center Director Greg Winter, and Paul Schissler, a community development planner.