Hand in hand with development and the desirability of our setting, the relative price of housing costs have increased dramatically in Leavenworth over the past 20 years. While this is largely seen as a strong sign of economic heath, we need to continue to work with organizations like SHARE to making housing affordable to the residents and employees of our community. Many tourism and recreation communities pay attention to this important issue too late, and as a result, isolate members of the community on all sides of this issue. Having worked for seasonal employers such as the Forest Service and Stevens Pass in my past, I understand the strain of finding affordable housing, and what the potential long term consequences can mean in this community. We need to find a balance between the growing market values of homes in this amazing mountain town and the growing need to keep our valuable employment base living and working in our community.