Affordable Housing Initiative Meeting Thursday, March 13th

by jhwygirl

Mayor John Engen’s essential workforce affordable housing initiative, titled Housing in Missoula: A Community Conversation, will debut in a public meeting to be held this Thursday at City Council Chambers at 140 Pine Street, at 7 p.m.

Notice of the initiative was first discussed at the February 25th city council hearing when the Mayor unveiled a 20 minute video, produced by MCAT.

The video is intended to initiate a community-wide conversation on the housing – the rising cost and the impacts it is having on community character, local business, the local economy and, as the video suggested, economic growth.

A packet containing local housing data will be available at the meeting.

Just in time for this conversation, oddly, the Missoula Organization of Realtors removed its market data and trend information from its website.

To be fair, that may have more to do with them trying to maintain the high prices on Missoula housing (that they’ve played a part in) through the Bush-influenced, banking-industry-run-amok recession that we are currently experiencing than any denial of the shortage of essential workforce housing here in Missoula.

  1. Big Swede

    Be sure to bring your old Refrigerator boxes.

  2. I’m sure the Realtors will be happy to cooperate in creating more deed-restricted affordable housing ghettos, just so long as it’s kept separate from their new 300K Tyvek-wrapped crap shacks on Mullan Road. Oh, and on Lower Miller Creek too.

  3. JC

    The cached MOR site has a link to the 2007 State of Missoula Housing Report, which contains a ton of demographic data–a ot of the data I had mentioned in earlier posts that would be advantageous for this discussion on affordable housing.

    Click to access 2007MissoulaHousingReport.pdf

    Unfortunately, I have to work late tonight, and will miss most, if not the whole meeting. If anybody knows if the video presentation is going to be archived online anywhere, or if they know if it will be broadcast on cable, please post that info here.


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