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Organization wants better farmworker housing

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BUENA, Wash.-- The Washington Farmworker Housing Trust wants to build better housing for workers in the Yakima Valley.

The organization is a nonprofit group committed to providing better housing for the largest employment sector in Yakima county: farmworkers. They laid out their five year plan Wednesday, focusing on creating housing that is not only better, but safer and more affordable.

Many Yakima farmworkers live with their families in substandard housing.   Some can only afford a studio apartment for a family of four.

Executive Director of the Housing Trust Brien Thane says the trust is excited to lay out their plan of action and start creating better housing for a group that contributes a lot to the area.

"The goal during the next five years is to double the rate of production of new affordable farm worker housing in the valley," Thane says.

They plan on providing housing for 1,800 additional farm workers and their families in the county by 2016. The tour started at the Buena Nueva housing complex in Buena Wednesday and from there they visited other housing complexes in Yakima and Harrah.