• “Helping to Hope: Clallam County Housing Access & Affordability”, a housing symposium

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    Name: “Helping to Hope: Clallam County Housing Access & Affordability”, a housing symposium
    Date: August 23, 2017
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
    Event Description:
    The Clallam Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is sponsoring an opportunity for Clallam County residents and organizations to access helpful information and discuss local housing availability at a housing symposium to take place Wednesday, August 23 from 9:30 to 11:30am at the Port Angeles Main Library. The community forum will address affordability challenges and opportunities and feature panelists from several area organizations that currently deal with these issues, including keynote speaker Colleen Robinson, Executive Director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Robinson will guide attendees through an introductory ‘state of the County’ on housing access in Clallam County. The event will include a moderated discussion featuring panelists representing a variety of community sectors, including: Mike Chapman, Washington State Representative and former County Commissioner; Mary Budke, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula; Kevin Russell, North Peninsula Builder and 1st Vice President of the Building lndustry Association of Washington; Nathan West, Port Angeles Director of Community Development; Doc Robinson, Serenity House Executive Director; Kendra Waggoner, Vice President of CRA/Fair Lending, First Federal Bank; and - from Olympia - Emily Grossman, Policy Lead for Housing, Department of Commerce. Two staff members from Peninsula Housing Authority, Sarah Martinez and Debbi Tesch, will also be on hand to share some of the strides made by PHA in addressing affordable housing options locally. “As a community-based non-profit association, the EDC has worked in support of the county’s businesses and in promotion of the area’s job growth,” says Executive Director Bob Schroeter. “It is our hope that this discussion will become part of an on-going ‘community conversation’”, adds Schroeter, “bringing together people representing diverse community sectors – each having a valuable perspective on both the issues and – hopefully – some of opportunities to address our community’s current housing challenges.” "We hope to hear from those who have experienced some of the challenges of local housing access and affordability as well as to learn about opportunities for a more sustainable growth going forward,” Schroeter says. “While there are no easy answers to some of these issues, by having these dedicated community leaders as well as the public sharing ideas, we can begin to seek achievable solutions together.”
    Location:
    Port Angeles Main Library Raymond Carver Room; 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles, WA
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:30am – 11:30am
    Contact Information:
    Bob Schroeter, Clallam County Executive Director, 360.827.5075
    Fees/Admission:
    No Charge. Come early/Space limited.
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