Housing isn’t affordable for everyone in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW)- City leaders say Eau Claire needs more affordable housing.

Acting City Council President Andrew Werthmann said half of Eau Claire residents are in a place where if they had a health disaster, or lost their job, it would be difficult for them to afford housing.

Werthmann said, citing the Census Bureau, the median price for rent is $850 a month and for some that’s just too much, or they can pay for it, but don’t have anything to save.

He said at Monday’s city council meeting they plan to hear from people struggling to put a roof over their heads.

“I think our city council has a small role in it because I do think there are laws we can pass. There’s incentives we can provide but it’s really going to take not only our elected government, it’s going to take private and public as well, and it’s going to take sort of a lot of folks working together on this,” Werthmann said.

Werthmann said while the community is growing, wages aren’t keeping up with housing costs, which is part of the problem.

They plan to hear from people Monday, and hope to start discussing solutions Tuesday.

At the meeting Tuesday they’ll introduce the Public Excessive Intoxication Ordinance that replaces the Public Good Order Ordinance, which has the support of UW- Eau Claire Students.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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