CGCC Surveys Public on Campus Housing

December 27, 2017

It’s no secret that affordable housing, in the Columbia Gorge, is in short supply. The high cost and low source of rental housing continues to pose challenges throughout the region. Understanding how this housing situation affects current and prospective students at Columbia Gorge Community College will provide necessary information to better assess the need for affordable on campus, student housing.

The college is considering the development of housing on its campus in The Dalles. While this housing complex would primarily serve students enrolled in the institution, access to college staff and faculty as well as other sectors of the community, such as seasonal farmworker housing and wildland firefighters may be available. Investment in campus housing would, in turn, leverage funding allocated by the Oregon Legislature to build a skills training center on campus.

The college has contracted with a consulting firm to study the economic feasibility of on-campus housing. This study is supported by the City of The Dalles, as city councilors recognize the important connection between a skilled workforce and the community's economic vitality.

As part of the housing study, the college is launching a survey of current and prospective students as well as parents and the community at large. This survey is designed to assess the potential demand for affordable on-campus student housing at CGCC The Dalles campus.

We invite you to participate in this survey. Your responses will have an important role in helping the institution decide whether to proceed with a campus housing development in The Dalles. You can participate in the survey by following this link:

This survey opens Jan. 5 and will close on Friday, Jan. 19. Incentives are offered for CGCC students who complete the survey.

Results from the survey and housing feasibility study will be presented to the College Board in March.