by William Skink
I finished the 3rd installment of my docu-series last night. This one is about burnout, trauma and the art therapy methods I’ve utilized to get through it. One of the highlights is an interview I did with a homeless man and in that short interview he gives his take on the housing problem in Missoula, which I find more compelling than the endless studies being done, like this one just announced by Missoula’s Organization of Realtors. From the link:
We believe a key piece of addressing the affordability issue is to determine why the supply of homes is not keeping up with demand. While Missoula’s location in a mountain valley provides constraints, the scarcity of land is only one of many challenges. We need to identify all of the significant barriers to developing housing affordable for working people, and we need to find solutions that the community can work together to implement.
The Missoula Organization of REALTORS® has proposed a study to do just that. We have identified an experienced professional consultant, and are forming partnerships with both private and public sector organizations as the planning phase begins. We are committed to a framework that gives partners meaningful opportunities for participation throughout the planning and execution of the study. This is critical because the housing affordability issue is a community problem, and addressing it will require the community to work together towards solutions.
Head. Wall. Bang, bang, bang…