Congrats to everyone involved in producing this outstanding report on the housing needs in Tillamook County!
Established in October of 2015, the Tillamook County Housing Task Force has completed its first major project – a housing assessment, with grants from Meyer Memorial Trust, and contributions from local employers Tillamook County Creamery Association, Adventist Health, Charter Communications and Columbia Bank. The task force brings together stakeholders from all geographic areas, and economic sectors to participate in a process to create a long-term housing plan for Tillamook County and to look for short-term creative solutions to address the extreme housing crisis in Tillamook County. The task force efforts have been coordinated and facilitated by Erin Skaar, Executive Director of CARE, Melissa Carlson-Swanson, Branch Manager Oregon Food Bank Tillamook Services Center, and Commissioner Bill Baertlein.
The assessment includes demographic data, for example, the percentage of households paying more than 30% of income to rent or housing, and also surveys of employers, information from contractors and developers to assess the barriers and identify buildable lands. “The purpose of the housing assessment is to analyze the need and its causes,” explained Erin Skaar. “And to provide some recommendations for moving forward.”
Find out more and download the report at the CARE website.