BEND, OR -- What can be done to provide more affordable housing options in Central Oregon? Bend 2030 is working to come up with a solution, and will focus on the issue at a forum later this week.
The group has been soliciting citizen input through their website and will release the results of the survey at Thursday's meeting. Project Manager Marika Yuma says they're looking at various aspects, "So, availability has to do with what's available. We have a .5% availability rate. Affordability, that has to do with people getting prices out of the market and we can't keep doing that. And, finally, who's responsible who can fix that, who do we turn to? Is there anyone who can fix this?" Yuma says it's really about the residents, "It is not just about listening, but we're going to take what we learn and share it with community leaders. It's been heart wrenching to hear their stories of finding affordable housing. It really is a critical issue."
Thursday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Bend Senior Center. Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney and Bend City Manager Eric King are scheduled to speak at the event.