Housing Study Finds Cramped Quarters For Farmworkers In Walla Walla County

From OPB.org, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Anna King, 1 Sept 2011.

Listen to the audio report: Cramped Housing for Farmworkers

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new study says increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions.

Brien Thane is the executive director of the Washington Farmworker Housing Trust based in Olympia. He says the results of their organization’s study show that Walla Walla County’s housing market is tight, and there are a growing number of laborers.

That’s because the southeast county is seeing an increase in tree fruit orchards. Thane says fruit trees require more labor than crops like wheat that are harvested with large machinery.

“We need a stable, healthy, thriving workforce to sustain our agricultural economy,” Thane says.

He says farmworkers helped interview other farmworkers, to make subjects more comfortable and get accurate data.

Thane says studies were done also in Yakima and Skagit counties. He says similar conditions for farmworkers exist in those two counties as well.

On the Web: Washington Farmworker Housing Trust: http://www.farmworkerhousingtrust.org/

Source: OPB.org, Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Housing Study Finds Cramped Quarters For Farmworkers In Walla Walla County” by Anna King, 1 Sept 2011.


About Farmworkers Forum

Farmworkers Forum is an online news and information resource for and about farmworkers. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed and very much appreciated! Let us know how we can improve this forum to better serve your needs and interests.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 138 other followers

%d bloggers like this: