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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has always been aware of the evolving affordable housing issues in our valley. The look forward to the proposed 27 condominium project on the hillside behind Basalt High School.

Habitat for Humanity employees understand and see the hardships of living in the valley when it comes to affordable housing. They encourage the community to do more than simply "talk" about the problem. 

Habitat for Humanity, Roaring Fork Valley's mission states that they "provide a hand up, not a hand out" through their home ownership opportunities. Every home that Habitat builds is purchased by the selected family partners; the homes are not given away.

In 1999, the local chapter of Habitat International was formed in the Roaring Fork Valley. The founders of our local chapter had great instincts, and foresaw what would become one of the biggest issues in the valley- the need for affordable housing. 

Habitat for Humanity holding off on Aspen project

Mar 28, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason

  The dream of building the first Habitat for Humanity house in Aspen has been quashed by the realities of development. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

 

In 2014, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley had its sights set on building a duplex just east of Aspen. It’s where an old A-frame house on Cooper Avenue now sits.

But access issues from Highway 82 and neighbor concerns have derailed the project.

Scott Gilbert is the executive director of the local Habitat chapter.

This week on Cross Currents, host Carolyne Heldman is joined by guests from  Habitat for Humanity of the  Roaring Fork Valley.

Marci Krivonen

Beds and couches have replaced groceries in a key downtown building in Basalt. The Habitat for Humanity Restore opened its doors last Wednesday in the old Clark’s Market space. 

The non profit furniture and donation center has received a positive response from the community, according to managers. The store opened fully stocked with donations from a high end lodge in Beaver Creek. A percentage of sales go to Habitat for Humanity’s home building fund.

The 18,000 square foot space sat empty for months before Habitat moved in. Jeff Sirbu is with the local affiliate.

Marci Krivonen

Basalt broke ground on its first Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday. A family of six will move into the house that’s near downtown. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Jacque Whitsitt: "I want to welcome everybody to our first-ever Habitat for Humanity home in the Town of Basalt!"

Basalt mayor Jacque Whitsitt spoke to a crowd at the future home site Tuesday. The Town sold the plot to Habitat for Humanity for ten dollars. A 1500 square foot home will be built here. Assaf Dory and his family will occupy the space.

Facebook/Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley

The non profit filling a central building in downtown Basalt wants to open in early April. The local Habitat for Humanity chapter will open a Restore in the former Clark’s Market space that’s empty. 

The agreement between the building’s owner and Habitat for Humanity marks a transition for downtown. Businesses there have struggled to get business. This latest announcement may bring in some vitality.

Marci Krivonen

A group of cross-country cyclists is making a stop in Silt Friday to help build a house. The group will work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a family in need.

The cycling group, called Bike and Build, sends groups of young people on long tours through different parts of the country, where they hammer nails for affordable housing projects.

24-year-old Cindy Freimark is with the group building homes in Colorado this summer. She says she’s been touched by the stories she hears.