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Conversation series wants Gallatin County residents to share experiences with housing and affordability

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A nonprofit in Bozeman is hosting a conversation series this month on housing and affordability in Gallatin County.

Bridget Wilkinson is the executive director of One Valley Community Foundation, which is organizing the series. She says the initiative brings Gallatin County residents’ experiences with housing into the forefront of decision-making.

“We are hopeful that by bringing people together to be having civil dialogue around housing that not only can we generate some solutions, but that I think we can create more shared empathy as a community about how people are being affected by this county-wide challenge,” Wilkinson says.

The foundation released a regional housing study this summer that compiled publically available housing data from across Gallatin County. The study found that as the county’s pandemic economy recovers, job growth is outpacing housing unit availability.

Wilkinson says the study will help inform the community conversations. Virtual and in-person events are scheduled throughout the month. Participants will be asked to complete a survey. The results will be presented to city and county officials early next year.

A schedule of events and how to register can be found online by visiting

Olivia Weitz covers Bozeman and surrounding communities in Southwest Montana for Yellowstone Public Radio. She has reported for Northwest News Network and Boise State Public Radio and previously worked at a daily print newspaper. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the Transom Story Workshop.