In an extended study session January 11th, the Bellevue City Council heard multiple reports from organizations updating their 2016 plans in the city.
Among these was a presentation from Dr. David Rule, Bellevue College president, giving a state of the college address. Bellevue College continues to look toward collaboration and possible partnership with Washington State University.
Rule said a WSU-BC reformation was a possibility. Bellevue College is the third largest higher education institution in the state of Washington, serving more than 20,000 students, and as high as 25,000 of all Running Start students are taken into account.
The college is also a major transfer institution, sending more than 700 students yearly to University of Washington’s main campus and Bothell campus and a similar number to all Washington State University’s campuses.
Where the city falls short is affordable housing, with 68 percent of respondents rating the issue as a major or moderate problem, compared to 51 percent in 2013. Housing data found that the cost of renting a two-bedroom apartment in Bellevue has risen 43 percent since 2011. Of renters in the city, 16 percent find themselves “severely cost-burdened,” paying more than 50 percent of their income for housing.
Homelessness has increased on the Eastside, and with that the number of homeless students has increased as well. Eighty-six students were homeless in 2008 and 224 found themselves without adequate, stable shelter in 2015.
If passed, the city of Bellevue will begin plans to construct new and affordable housing units available to current and future Bellevue College/WSU students.
* Article courtesy of the Bellevue Reporter