Clatsop County has a housing crunch that touches all income levels, from low-wage workers to six-figure executives, from renters just starting out to would-be homeowners looking to plant roots.

The shortage has no easy solutions, in part because it arose from a perfect storm of trends.

Production of new homes and apartments stagnated during the Great Recession. As industry recovered and job creation picked up, consumers had more money to spend on housing. But pent-up demand ran headlong into static supply.

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