Council examines housing

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County > Survey reveals few surprises

By Arin McKenna

A recently conducted housing survey yielded no surprises, but will provide focus as staff develops what it calls its “balanced housing strategy.”
Housing Manager Paul Andrus presented the results to council at its Tuesday work session. The survey was conducted over a three-week period using Survey Monkey online and providing hard copies at the senior center and libraries. There were 702 online respondents and 16 handwritten responses.
The survey failed to capture as many commuter responses as Andrus would have liked, with 89 percent of respondents residing in the county. Those who answered were primarily homeowners.
The goals of the survey were to:
• Define potential market for housing programs and activities
• Identify specific areas of need to inform programs
• Test level (or gap) of public awareness of programs and resources
• Explore influencing factors regarding housing choice
• Identify potential trends and/or areas of opportunity
• Gauge community opinion regarding housing as an important component of economic development
Those surveyed rated entry level and move up housing as the highest need, and there was strong agreement that workforce housing is important to the local economy.

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