Finding housing a challenge for workers on the north Oregon Coast – The Register

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 more at

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