The Thurston County Chamber Forum on July 11 will focus on issues related to the county’s current housing shortage.

“The data is telling us that we don’t have enough housing,” Marc Daily, executive director of the Thurston Regional Planning Council, said in a statement. “Vacancy rates are so low that the lack of supply and increase in demand due to population growth is causing prices to go up higher that we expected. This is complicated by the demographics of our community — our population is getting older, household sizes are decreasing, and housing options are not reflecting this change.”

A panel of experts including President of Prime Locations Zack Kosturos, Deputy Director of Community Youth Services Derek Harris, Executive Director of Family Support Center Trish Gregory, and Olympia’s Community Planning and Development Director Keith Stahley, will discuss local solutions to the housing challenges facing the county’s residents.

Register online to attend the forum here.

If you go:

Hotel RL Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW
11:30 a.m., July 11
Cost: $25-$35