CBS DENVER- Proposed Teacher Housing in Basalt Could Be a ‘Game Changer’

Posted October 10, 2016

BASALT, Colo. (CBS4) – A groundbreaking idea could lead to a Colorado school district providing the land for Habitat for Humanity to build homes for teacher

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.

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork wants to build 20 duplexes on land owned by the Roaring Fork School District on a bench above Basalt High School. The concept is the school district would provide the land and Habitat would raise the funds for construction, according to Scott Gilbert, president of the local Habitat chapter.

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