Summit County Focuses On Affordable Housing As Struggle With Long-Term Solutions Continues – CBS Denver
FRISCO, Colorado (CBS4) – Another Summit County workforce space is slated to open next week. This is one of the many solutions the county hopes to launch in the near future, but the need? It’s hard to keep pace.
“We probably have a 3,000-unit gap right now, you know, with that, we’re looking at a variety of options to help alleviate this problem,” said Jason Dietz, Summit County Housing Manager.
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The Alpine Inn, a former hotel, will be ready to accommodate Summit County workforce housing next week. Dietz says this will serve as more of a bridging option as people seek more permanent solutions.
Unfortunately, longer term solutions are hard to come by in Summit County. Dietz says about 66% of the county’s housing is not used by residents.
“About a third are occupied by premises, about a third are short-term rentals and about a third are unoccupied second home owners,” Dietz said.
The Alpine Inn has already received over 140 applications and 26 units are available for qualified locals. Other units will help the sheriff’s office in need of affordable housing, transit center workers, teachers and small business workers. Dietz realizes this is not enough and says the hostel is just one of many solutions being worked out.
“Options to preserve existing housing stock, buyouts, convert short-term rentals to long-term rentals (starting this fall), easing restrictions on secondary suites, creating new workforce housing such as Lake Hill, Wintergreen Ridge… ”he said.
The city is also in partnership with local municipalities. He is working with Dillon on the US Forest Service Compound in the region. He is also working with Breckenridge on a plot of land and plans to travel to Buena Vista next week for a tour Discoloration towards the west, a new modular home construction facility. It is a style of house that could significantly speed up the construction process for some of the vacant lots identified by the county.
Still, Summit’s local nonprofit, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, or FIRC, says people are living in cars or camping and the window to warm weather is closing.
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Ruth Graham has lived and worked in Summit County for the past five years. When the owners of her rental decided to sell, she had such a hard time finding a new rental that she was willing to do so. Camp.
“And it’s not just about Ruth,” she said, pointing to herself, “it’s about the people who live and serve this community.”
Ruth, luckily, found another rental just before she moved out. Until then, she was filling out requests on a daily basis.
“I have filled out so many application forms, I have paid so much money, because you cannot fill out application forms without money. Every form you do you have to pay, ”she continued,“ and every time I do, ‘Oh sorry you didn’t get this apartment,’ ”she said, exasperated. .
A lease required him to earn $ 9,000 a month.
“Who works $ 9,000 a month? She exclaimed. “We just need help finding an affordable place where we can live, be happy, and save a dollar.”
The county is working faster than it ever has-
“With housing, there is no quick fix and there is no quick fix. We need to look at many different strategies and partnerships with the public sector, the private sector and nonprofit organizations in order to work together to solve this problem, ”said Dietz.
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