Bellingham forum Saturday to discuss affordable housing

Can housing in Whatcom County be both affordable and innovative?

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham and Whatcom County hopes to answer that question at a public program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19.

The event will take place in Bellingham Public Library’s downstairs lecture room, 210 Central Ave.

Speakers will talk about the current and future needs for housing, why affordability is important to the whole community, and what types of housing will be most in demand for the next 20 years.

The plan is to further explore issues raised in the League’s “Women’s Economic Study,” which was released in January.

Speakers will include Bellingham Planning Director Rick Sepler, Whatcom Homeless Service Center Director Greg Winter, and Paul Schissler, a community development planner.