Im the 400 th person on the waitlist for employee housing in Whistler.
Those who have been on the list for several years and are still sitting there, waiting, know just how depressing that is. Those who are still procrastinating before getting on the list, just as I did for three years, also know how depressing that is.
The future isnt looking good.
Heres how I see it.
Every year 25 units in the Whistler Housing Authority turn over and are offered to the people on the waitlist. That means after four years Ill have moved up to 300 on the list. Itll be 2008 and Ill be 34 years old. By 2010 when the world comes to Whistler for the Olympics, Ill be at 250 on the list and 36 years old that thought just sent shivers down my spine.
I could rework these numbers all day into a number of different scenarios and the thing that I keep coming up with is that Ill be a lot older by the time Im at the top of the waitlist.
Its true that some of the 400 waitlisters will get fed up of waiting and move on to other places, disgruntled by Whistler, in which case Ill be able to move up a few more spots.
But at the current pace, that waitlist is dragging on at a snails pace.
I know of at least 10 people, who are making their long-term plans to live in Whistler, and have yet to even get on the list.
So there are far more than 400 people looking for employee housing.
But a big project could change all of that.
Should the municipality decide to build, or work out a deal with a developer to build, a big employee housing project that list could shrink overnight, then I, along with all those other Whistler employees, would be kicking back in my own home. It would be a small home and it would still cost more money than I could ever imagine. But it would be my home. It would be a start.
But heres the kicker.
Why would the municipality build a large employee housing project before the Olympics when they know the athletes village will be turned into lots of employee housing in 2011?
And thats not good news for me.
That means that employee housing isnt really on option for me unless Im willing to wait for another seven years to get it. Im not.