The Josephine County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday declared a housing emergency, hoping to free up state assistance and suspend some state rules to address housing problems.
A severe housing crunch brought on by an increasing population and a depressed housing construction industry has sent vacancy rates plummeting and rents soaring, while construction of new homes in the area remains below pre-Recession levels 10 years ago.
The board is asking Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a two-year emergency.
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