Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Valley Special

'Affordable Housing: a Crisis in the Snoqualmie Valley' forum set

   The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will host a public forum on the housing crisis felt by many Snoqualmie Valley families. "Affordable Housing: a Crisis in the Snoqualmie Valley" will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:15-8 p.m. in the library of Chief Kanim Middle School.

   Invited to participate in the forum are administrators from the four Valley cities; Dan Watson, King County Housing Authority; Mary Barki, King County Housing Development Specialist; and George Cook, Weyerhaeuser Company and WRECO.

   The idea for the forum originated from Network members' concerns around the difficulty lower income families have in finding rental housing they can afford. The current rate for a small, two-bedroom home or apartment in either North Bend or Snoqualmie is typically $1,100-1,200. Several social service agencies have also voiced their frustration when trying to assist Valley families to find housing that allows them to stay in their home communities.

   The community is also welcome to attend the Network's monthly business meeting held before the forum at 5:30 in the school library.