Affordable housing is the topic of two-part forum

Part one is scheduled for Thursday in Vancouver

“Affordable Housing: Personal problem, community problem or not my problem,” will be the focus of a two-part forum.

Part one will be held Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., when panelists representing a variety of viewpoints on the root causes of the affordable housing problem will discuss the issue.

Moderated by John McDonagh, the panelists will include Chad Eiken, Vancouver community and economic development director; Sierk Braam, Council for the Homeless; Jack Harroun, Building Industry Association of Clark County; and Javier Navarro, housing advocate.

The panelists were members of the Affordable Housing Task Force, convened by the City of Vancouver to look for solutions to the affordable housing problem.

Their report was released in January 2016. It can be viewed at

Part two will be held Thursday, March 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., when small group discussion will focus on exploring viewpoints and answer questions designed to raise awareness and broaden understanding of the root causes of the affordable housing problem.

The events will be held at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 “C” St., in Vancouver. For more information, contact Jackie Spurlock at