PORTLAND, Ore. — The city of John Day is creating a housing district to spur new home construction within city limits.
City manager Nick Green tells Oregon Public Broadcasting that John Day’s rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent, creating an obstacle for employers trying to recruit workers.
The city has secured state funding to create a housing district, and Green wants to incentivize new home building by waiving city fees.
Other eastern and central Oregon communities are seeing similar housing shortages.
Information from: KOPB-, http://www.opb.org