WAPATO, Wash. — Wapato’s city council recently approved new affordable housing for low-income families. Even though it’s a move aimed to fix a rental shortage, many residents say that’s not the answer. KIMA talked to Wapato’s mayor to find out how the city is addressing a growing housing problem.
“There is a need of affordable housing,” said Mayor Tony Guzman.
With a population slightly more than 5,000, Wapato has seen about a 10 percent increase since 2000 – and nearly 40 percent of residents live in poverty.
That’s where Yakima Housing Authority (YHA) has stepped in.