Navigating the Challenges of Rural Housing

The Northwest is in an unprecedented housing crisis and challenges are mounting. Rents and home prices are rising, fewer construction workers are available, access to financing is limited, buildable lands are tightening, and the lack of shovel-ready lots are preventing units from being built in communities both small and large. The cumulative effect of these challenges is paralyzing for communities, yet, with deliberate local capacity building, thoughtful planning, and action-oriented solutions, there is hope. Join a team of housing experts as they share strategies and best practices for constructing the essential building blocks to successful housing initiatives.


Marty Miller
Director, Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing

Kim Herman
Executive Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Shawn Irvine
Economic Development Director, City of Independence

Dwight Unti
President, Tokola Properties Inc.

Kim Travis
Housing Integrator, Oregon Housing and Community Services

Track: Elevating Rural Voices & Priorities

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