by William Skink
The housing policy recommendations from the office created for this specific purpose have not been released. In December, City Council was told either February or March, then were told again the recommendations would be unveiled the following month.
That would have been April. It is now May.
The Missoula Interfaith Collabotative is hosting a housing forum this evening, so maybe the recommendations will finally be shared with the broader public in that forum, then articles can hit the Friday news cycle, which is the ideal time to release something you don’t want to get a lot of attention.
Why would those working on this want a Friday news dump? Maybe because there is no feasible set of recommendations that can effectively address the underlying dynamics of supply and demand.
Like the Mueller Report, those pinning their hopes on these recommendations are probably going to be disappointed when they are finally released, especially if one of the recommendations is a housing bond.
All us lowly taxpayers can do now is wait for the work to be unveiled. When that will be, your guess is as good as mine. Stay tuned…