Some Questions On Housing

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a conference session right here in Fort Atkinson, held by representatives from WHEDA and WEDC, as well as the JCEDC (Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium). Attendees included people from nearby communities, prospective developers, and others. Discussions included programs the agencies have to assist home buyers and local companies, housing development opportunities, and more.

This was all very timely for me, as I have been thinking about housing a lot lately. It has recently come to by attention that some of our housing deficiencies in Fort Atkinson may be larger than I had known.

Anecdotally, I have heard of people staying in hotels because they cannot find rentals. I am also hearing more and more about people who cannot rent because of bad credit history, or because they are starting out in the job market and cannot afford to pay a market rent.

I have some strong feelings about what I think our housing needs are. But I’d like to hear from the Fort Atkinson community. What do you think we are lacking? What demographics and age groups are being underserved? Do we have enough housing stock? Do we have enough rental stock?

Please comment below. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your thoughts publicly, please email me at

I want to make sure we have a community that serves the housing needs of everyone, whether young or old, lower income or wealthy, homeowner or renter.


One thought on “Some Questions On Housing

  1. Rick January 19, 2018 / 9:20 am

    Good morning Mason. Thank you for your attention to the topic of housing. I get right to it. I know a 30 something year old woman who just got a job and is working hard at paying off her debt as her credit is bad. She won’t be able to afford rent for a 2 or 3 bedroom apt for her and her 2 children with her income and if her credit is bad, she won’t even be considered. The subsidized housing is full of people with drug issues and she doesn’t want to be around that or have her children around that either. She knows this from past experience having lived in it. Clean, affordable housing where people can raise a family and not worry about being exposed to drugs and everything that goes along with that is a problem. I’d like to see subsidized housing offered where druggies aren’t allowed which means drug screening. Non smoking would be nice for people with kids too.

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