A recent survey details what some
residents may already know: affordable housing is hard to find in Kodiak. The
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce conducted an economic development and housing survey
last month to capture the opinions and concerns of community members on all
aspects of living on Alaska’s
Bailor is an economic development specialist and said the survey was posted on
various social media websites and emailed to more than 300 community members.
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said the survey also focused on affordable housing – a growing crisis in
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those who participated in the survey, most asked for more low cost housing or
multi-family units. He said senior housing was also a concern, especially with
recent data that suggests the senior population in Kodiak will double over the
next 12 years.
survey generated 187 responses, and Bailor said the participants came from a
wide range of demographics in Kodiak.
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survey was meant to start the dialogue about what Kodiak should work toward,
but Bailor said it also helped provide a baseline for action.
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said he did not get the impression that survey participants were faulting any
particular group or body of government, and many realized that it will take the
community as a whole to help solve these issues.