Housing Action Plan
Othello is one of the fastest growing communities in the area, but there is a shortage of available and affordable housing. Rental vacancy rates are very low, sale prices have risen dramatically over the past two decades, and existing units are overcrowded.
The community requires innovative strategies and strong public will to create enough housing options to meet the community need. Previous policy tools to encourage building and maintaining housing were no longer enough, and without an active response, the housing affordability crisis will increasingly burden our residents.
The Washington Department of Commerce awarded the City of Othello a grant to hire a consultant to prepare a Housing Action Plan. The plan identifies strategies, actions, and policy tools to generate additional housing, and focuses on four important questions:
- How much additional housing will be necessary to meet the diverse needs of Othello’s current and future residents?
- How effective are the City’s current policies at ensuring adequate housing options?
- How can the City, residents, and businesses work together to improve Othello’s housing options?
- What are Othello residents’ preferred strategies for increasing affordable housing?
This Plan will help us work on our housing supply and affordability issues.
- Adopted Housing Action Plan (June 2021)
- Presentation Slides from the Oct. 26, 2020 presentation at the online City Council meeting.
- Presentation Slides from the May 24, 2021 presentation at the joint Planning Commission/City Council meeting
For More Information
Contact: Anne Henning, Community Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-331-2710, 500 E. Main Street, Othello, WA 99344