SEASIDE — Finding housing on Oregon’s north coast has become a challenge for seasonal, part-time and lower-wage workers.
Demographics from the Oregon Employment Department show that an aging, affluent population, most of them second homeowners, occupies most of the housing in the Seaside area. Meanwhile, the affluent are driving the demand for labor.
Thousands of workers, seasonal and year-round, are competing for the 1,300 rooms available in Seaside.
Kevin Leahy, executive director of Clatsop Economic Development Resources, said many of them just can’t find a place.
“They’re living at Fort Stevens. They’re