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State leaders address affordable rural housing

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When it comes to developing affordable housing, there is disparity between urban and rural Washington.

That was a theme heard repeatedly Thursday, when more than 40 leaders in nonprofit agencies, business, investment, government, education and other fields around the state convened in Yakima to discuss the challenges of providing quality affordable housing to rural communities.

There’s an imbalance between what projects get started depending on whether they’re in urban or rural areas, said Mario Villanueva, the state director of the…

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