November 16 – Panel Discussion: Housing Problem Hurts Everyone

November 16, 20216     7 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
645 NW Monroe Avenue

The shortage of affordable housing in Corvallis affects all of us.  Home values continue to rise but salaries do not keep pace. For many people, housing costs in Corvallis exceed 43% of their income. Consequently, more middle-income people and families choose to live outside of our city. This results in lost revenue in taxes, lost sales by local business, and damage to the environment from an increased reliance on cars as the main mode of transportation.

League’s Housing Committee will present a program on how the lack of affordable housing is harmful to our community and offer some possible solutions.

  • Peter Banwarth, Epidemiologist at the Benton County Health Department, will present data outlining the current housing situation in Corvallis.  All indications are that we need more housing for low and middle income individuals and families.
  • Eli Spevak of Orange Splot, LLC, will also speak to us about housing.  Spevak, a Portland developer, has pioneered the creation of community-oriented affordable housing in the Portland area.  Instead of 3,000 sq. ft. homes, would it make better sense to have small cottage communities?  What about tiny homes for those looking to downsize?  Eli’s creative designs show that Corvallis could do so much more.

Come to our program on November 16 to learn about the issues and be inspired by the possibilities.

Co-sponsored by the LWV of Corvallis and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library