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Regional Housing Authority working to self-actualize

Jul 23, 2017

Credit Eagle County Housing Authority

Affordable housing in the Roaring Fork Valley is extremely hard to find. Some are advocating for a regional housing authority to ease the crunch.

Basically every jurisdiction in the valley except Aspen and Snowmass has said it is interested. This includes Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties and also Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle.

Attorneys David Myler and Bill Lamont have sent a draft of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) along to the other governments. This is the document essentially saying, yes, this all looks good, let’s do it.

The regional housing authority would not replace any existing housing authority in the valley.

After the participating jurisdictions have signed a final IGA, the group will hire a consultant to see what exactly the demand for housing looks like. Then the issue will go before the voters in November of 2018.