Basalt Vista Housing Partnership to provide affordable homeownership for teachers and other workers.
The wide gap between our high resort area cost of living (especially for housing) and actual wages makes it difficult to recruit and retain teachers, and essential personnel within our community—all who hold jobs that are key to the well-being of our children and community, but cannot afford to live close to where they work. While our local Habitat has been building homes with lower income families for almost 20 years, we have become increasingly aware of the acute need for housing for middle income workers who provide vital services to our community. This need is what brought about an extraordinary collaboration with the Roaring Fork School District, Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt to build the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership—located behind Basalt High School—which will provide 27 affordable homes for teachers and others in our local workforce. Through this effort, we hope to create a model that can be adopted in communities throughout Colorado and across the country.
“We know that the most important factor in educating our children is their teachers. Affordable staff housing in Basalt through this project will help us keep great teachers in our schools.” ROB STEIN, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, ROARING FORK SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1
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We will continue to update this page as more and more information becomes available. This will be the one stop page for all application information, including home specifics, preferred lenders, and time frames. Continue to check back, we anticipate that all of the key information for this development will be active on our site by late summer.
Interested in Volunteering? As volunteer opportunities become available we will update our Volunteer page. If you would like to schedule a group or be a regular volunteer on this project please reach out to Amy French, AmyF@HabitatRoaringFork.org.
Interested in making a Monetary Gift to this Development? We are currently looking for donations to make this development a reality, if you are interested in making a significant, tangible difference within our community please reach out to Scott Gilbert at 948-8264 or ScottG@HabitatRoaringFork.org to learn more about this development and to make a gift. Or click here to donate.
Interested in applying? The application process will begin September 3rd and run through September 28th. Eligible applicants will need to work for the Roaring Fork School district or work within Pitkin County. The APCHA lottery and Roaring Fork School District Qualification System Declaration will both be announced on October 8th. To be included on our contact list to be notified when the application period is open, please email Amy French at AmyF@HabitatRoaringFork.org. Links to the applications will be on this page starting September 3rd.