NWA Housing Report Workshop
The NWA Regional Planning Commission hosted its second of three workshops on housing in NWA. They are gathering housing information from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.
They provided a summary of what they gathered from the first meeting.
The common concerns related to housing in NWA overall included:
Stronger tenant rights
Homes for larger households
Location of homes
Persons experiencing homelessness
Specifically, they gathered that from Fayetteville that housing should be:
Transportation considerate for jobs and access to services
Safe, secure, and healthy
Affordable across the income spectrum
The key housing issues affecting Fayetteville include:
Potential for rapid community change
Housing + Transportation costs
Loss of income-restricted units
Need for more diverse housing options
Limited affordability for persons with the lowest incomes
Fayetteville and the other cities pay above what’s considered affordable for combined housing and transportation costs.
Higher housing costs are pricing out some occupations from living near their jobs
The average household spending on Housing + Transportation costs is 46%
The annual transportation cost is $11,800
The loss of income-restricted homes is shrinking the supply of homes to lower income households in Fayetteville.
We need improved quality and long-term affordability of our existing supply
There a great potential for loss of private and federally funded assisted units
This puts homes for our families, seniors and persons with disabilities at top risk
Homes in Fayetteville are concentrated in only a few housing types. We need more variety of housing.
There are a lot of single-family homes
We need to offer something for smaller households ie. singles
There is an anticipated growth in families, followed by seniors
The four cities combined lack enough rental options for lower income households. There is a large share of lower income households paying more than 30% of their income on housing (this includes me).
The next steps are to:
Develop recommendations for each city: Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville
Vet those recommendations with local and regional stakeholders
In December, we wil receive a Regional Housing Report
Tonight, we were charged to pick three top housing needs based on provided topics. We were asked, “What can be done regarding housing in NWA in the next 10 years.”
From my group we prioritized:
Housing + Transportation Costs
Need for more housing options
Limited affordability for the lowest income levels