At Habitat for Humanity, we’d like to encourage people not to wait for legislation or policy changes to extend the life of our landfills. Everyone can help our community improve sustainability (and build affordable housing simultaneously), as many have already with donations to Habitat‘s ReStores. In the eight years since our ReStores have been in the valley, we’ve already diverted over 1 million pounds of waste from the landfill.
The Dorys moved into their Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork Valley home in December. It included a Mitsubishi Electric ductless heating and cooling system that was donated for the project. The system is highly efficient because the small, indoor units can be used to heat or cool isolated spaces rather than an entire structure.
Nevertheless, Assaf Dory and his wife, Sigal Winfield, racked up an electrical bill of $336 in January to heat their three-bedroom, 1,575-square-foot home.
The housing crunch in many mountain communities including in the Roaring Fork Valley has school districts scrambling to figure out how to get teachers to work in those expensive communities where average rents are comparable to East Coast cities but salaries are not.
The potential partnership could produce 40 affordable housing units in Basalt that would be sold to teachers and other first responders, according to the proposal provided to CBS4 Tuesday.