Housing Study Encourages Action on Affordability

11 Jan 2024

News, Eau Claire

A recent report outlining challenges to the Eau Claire County housing market – notably a lack of available homes and a shortage of units affordable to lower-income residents – also featured a range of possible solutions. And while housing affordability may seem like an intractable problem, several of the suggestions – including creating a housing trust fund and changing zoning codes – are already being pursued.

Eau Claire City Council President Emily Berge said that housing affordability is among the top concerns she hears from constituents of all kinds. But while they may support affordable housing in the abstract, sometimes these same constituents are the first to express concern when a new apartment building or duplex is proposed in their neighborhood, she said.

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