- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Astoria officials will conduct an inventory of vacant housing as the start of an effort to confront the city’s lack of affordable housing.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/8lsnWn ) at a special session Monday, the City Council received recommendations from low-income housing experts and builders on ways to implement more affordable housing in the city.

Short-term options discussed by the council included launching an infill development program for under-used or deteriorating property. The city may consider providing property tax exemptions or government-issued grants over the long term.

Mayor Arline LaMear said the effort is intended to help address the housing needs of the city’s workforce and not the city’s growing homeless population.

A draft affordable housing study has put the city’s vacancy rate at about 14 percent in 2013.


Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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