During the legislative session and even before it starts as legislators envision new bills and my Joint Budget Committee structures spending, the Legislature looks for solutions to big statewide problems like housing, education funding and health care.
Our home in Carbondale is tiny, but it’s not a tiny-home. It’s 500 square feet of thoughtful design and miniaturized appliances and gives a whole new meaning to shared space: the kitchen shares its title with the living room and the dining room and, on good mornings, our own little…
We’ve got some exciting news for the local Roaring Fork Valley community: The Viceroy Hotel is remodeling and they are giving us a bounty of spectacular furnishings in great condition — and we’re making them available to YOU!
As many people who live and work in the Roaring Fork Valley know, it is hard to sustain a life here. With soaring real estate costs, the concept of owning a home and starting a family is hard to grasp. Fortunately for nine families in our community, they can begin…
Progress takes more than just planning, it takes hard work, long hours and a level of dedication often overlooked during the holiday season. Habitat crews, as well as our subcontractors, are working well into the darkness and on these especially cold nights, we’re even more grateful.
Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley is a proud partner of the Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Partnership. The Basalt Vista project will provide Roaring Fork Valley teachers and local workers with the opportunity to own a home and raise a family in their community.
Whether you’re in the market for furniture, light fixtures, kitchen appliances, building materials, paint, flooring, cabinets, art, housewares, electronics, or books, our new ReStore 2.0 in south Glenwood Springs should be the first place you visit.
"As a single mother living in the Roaring Fork Valley, Suzette Beresford would ask herself how she was going to make it on her own. But with help from Habitat for Humanity and the community she will soon call home, Beresford now knows she's not alone."
"Trent Marshall graduated from Colorado Mountain College over the weekend with a Bachelor of Arts in sustainability studies that has already thrust him into the enviable role of shaping the future of his community."
"It’s time to take action. This legislative session, Colorado lawmakers are working on a good policy solution that will give more Coloradans the opportunity to experience the stability of homeownership. HB1195 leverages private funds to help build affordable homes in Colorado, by incentivizing philanthropic contributions to nonprofits building affordable for-sale homes."
"Angel Meza is sitting on the front porch of the home she bought with an affordable mortgage from Habitat for Humanity, and reflected on how the stability of becoming a homeowner has strengthened her family. It was not so long ago that she was moving frequently and struggling to find an affordable place to rent."
Sharing is caring, as the adage goes, and now there’s a 40,500-square-foot embodiment of the sentiment in the Valley. The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 53 Calaway, Ct., officially opened Jan. 19, and it’s been abuzz ever since.
“I’m guessing, based on how busy it was, we had to have over 500 people — easy — on Friday and Saturday,” Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley President Scott Gilbert said of the store’s opening weekend. “It’s kind of like a frenzy.”
The organization is calling the new location its “ReStore 2.0.” The expanded space has streamlined the organization’s presence in the Valley, offering a permanent home for administrative and retail staff alike. But that doesn’t mean Gilbert has a corner office hiding somewhere in the store.
The ribbon is cut and the store is open for business at Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley's new ReStore south of Glenwood Springs.
A few dozen people crowded into an opening ceremony Thursday afternoon to mark the major progress of this new location — what Habitat staffers are calling ReStore 2.0. The ReStore, though it may not be obvious to those passing by, equals more homes and jobs in the valley, said Scott Gilbert, director of Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley. Though it is a great place to get discounted household items, the ReStore also is a critical engine that drives Habitat's projects in the valley.
"We've always thought of the ReStore as a place to sell recycled stuff, but beyond that, if we can get items at good prices and good prices to customers, we can net more money for building houses," Gilbert said.
"This feels like I've won the lottery, only better, because it comes with a community," said soon-to-be Silt homeowner Suzette Beresford after learning she and her three children would move into a new home in 2018. It's a home she, alongside other families and volunteers, is helping build.
The Beresfords are one of 12 families who will receive a new home in Silt by the end of 2018, thanks to Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork.
In 2000, when Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork built its first home in the valley, its goal was to provide local low-income children with as many homes as it could. Now heading into 2018, the organization just moved families into its 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th homes in its area from Aspen to Parachute, providing homes for 75 local kids.
Brian Wilson broke into a big smile Wednesday when he was presented with Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork's "Most Enthusiastic Team Member" award for 2017.
A smile comes easily for the 32-year-old and it's apparent while visiting Habitat's ReStore warehouse why he was chosen for the award.
Wilson's got a keen awareness of where everything is located in the cavernous warehouse between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. He's known as "King of the Appliances." He accepts donations, rotates merchandise in the second-hand shop and occasionally assists shoppers.
"I like seeing all my co-workers," Wilson said.
When the Basalt Town Council voted unanimously last week to forgive various development-related fees totaling $186,000 for a 27-unit housing project spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, it continued a trend that gained institutionalized traction with the release of the town’s housing study in 2015.
That study, according to Town Manager Ryan Mahoney, showed that, between 2000 and 2010, the cost of living in Basalt increased by 26.5 percent, while median household income decreased by 2.3 percent. During that same period, the median home value in Basalt increased by a whopping 70 percent.
“With that subsidy, we are now able to offer nine category-one units,” Gilbert said. “Without the town’s help, we would have only been able to offer one category-one unit. That translates to a $50,000 price difference, or $300 a month in mortgage payments, which is significant.”
As a third-generation Basalt resident, when I learned the possibility of a Habitat for Humanity project in my community almost two years ago I knew I had to get more involved. I feel both proud and lucky to have become an employee of Habitat for Humanity, serving as the volunteer coordinator and family services director. I’ve seen again and again the pride, security and other life-changing benefits home ownership provides for our partner families.
Two local governments and a nonprofit are pumping nearly $8 million into an affordable-housing project and hoping that the town of Basalt will waive development fees to prevent the subsidy from growing.
Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork teamed with the Roaring Fork School District and Pitkin County government on the 27-unit Basalt Vista affordable-housing project. It’s the first partnership of its kind to pursue new affordable housing in the valley.
National Women Build Week 2017 is May 6-14, and Habitat for Humanity is inviting volunteers to join them at the group's Silt location, where it is building two duplexes for four local families. Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley has partnered with Lowe's Home Improvement to build alongside future homeowners during the 10th annual NWBW.
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Six special people in our communities were recognized Monday at the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards, where individuals were called out for their exceptional volunteerism and community support.
Samuel Bernal, vice president and radio host at the Basalt-based La Tricolor, a Spanish-language radio station, was honored with the "Talk of the Town" award.
"Samuel works tirelessly to improve the quality of life and connectivity in his community, in particular of Hispanic people," wrote Michelle Dezember of the Aspen Art Museum in a nomination letter. "He is altruistic, always enthusiastic and a true public servant."
About 80,000 people live from Aspen to Parachute. Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley's ReStore brings in $2.35 million in sales annually. That works out to be $29.50 per capita.
The next-highest ReStore per-capita figure in the country? $6.
When the organization's new, permanent ReStore location opens next winter, it will become even more efficient — and that means even more effective use of its money.
The organization's president, Scott Gilbert, shared those numbers during the new facility's groundbreaking Thursday. The building will be located across the cul-de-sac from the current Colorado 82 location, to be named Calaway Court after donors Connie and Jim Calaway. It's a significant step forward for the organization, which is on its way to becoming a sustainable nonprofit that directs all donations toward its mission of building affordable houses.
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A project that would provide affordable housing to teachers in the Roaring Fork School District moved a step closer to reality recently when the Basalt Town Council granted a key approval.
Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork and the Roaring Fork School District want to build 27 condominiums on the hillside behind Basalt High School. The school district is providing the land. Habitat will construct the condos. Pitkin County and the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority have been invited as partners, according to Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork President Scott Gilbert. Click here to continue reading.
Bouncing between roommate situations and crowded conditions living with extended family members will be a thing of the past for the newest Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley families, who will have their homes dedicated Sunday in Silt.
Completion of the latest duplex on Habitat’s land on Ballard Avenue also comes as construction is underway and families are being selected for the last four units to be built on that site.
For single mom Michele “Shelly” Davies, the home she and her 14-year-old son Ayden Arbar will occupy is a chance for a little elbow room.
After struggling to make ends meet for several years in the Roaring Fork Valley, a secure future is finally within grasp for Jamie Wilson and her three kids.
The Wilsons are the recipients of the 23rd house that will be completed by Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork. (Work is underway on houses 24 and 25.) They won’t move in until mid-January, but the anticipation has already made for a great Christmas.
It's called "the cliff effect." You work hard and earn more, but you can't get ahead. As one Colorado foundation explains: "...as a family's earnings increase and they rise above the official poverty level, they begin to lose eligibility for tax credits, child care subsidies, health care coverage and food stamps, even though they are not yet self-sufficient.
Habitat For Humanity Roaring Fork officials believe they have found a creative way to build a Basalt project that will house teachers and other local workers.
The local chapter of the nonprofit organization intends to sell six vacant lots it owns in the Keator Grover subdivision in Carbondale, according to President Scott Gilbert. That would raise an estimated $85,000 per lot for a total of $510,000.
The money would help Habitat pursue a team effort with the Roaring Fork School District on an affordable housing project behind Basalt High School. The school district would supply the property while Habitat would raise the funds for construction.
Two development projects that could combine to provide 60 affordable-housing residences are headed to review by the Basalt Town Council this fall.
Habitat for Humanity and the Roaring Fork School District are teaming to propose 27 affordable-housing units by Basalt High School. The Town Council gave an informal nod on a critical aspect of the land-use approvals Tuesday night. The five members of the board who were present said they favor expanding the town’s urban growth boundary to accommodate the project.
The second project entering the council’s den is Stott’s Mill, which earned approval for 110 units in 2009 but stalled in the Great Recession. An expanded project is back with tweaks, including 31 deed-restricted affordable housing units and two additional-units dedicated to the school district. The Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval with conditions.
Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott (left) and Officer Jason Hegberg put finishing touches on landscaping Thursday at the home of Assaf Dory and Sigal Weinfeld-Dory. Three members of the department helped on a volunteer day at the Habitat For Humanity house in Basalt. To view article click here.
CARBONDALE — After eight years in the neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork plans to sell off its six remaining lots in Keator Grove while planning to focus on building duplexes rather than single-family homes.
The key change is that duplexes are far more efficient on multiple levels, in terms of space, land, money and energy, said Scott Gilbert, president of the local Habitat chapter.
Overall, the local Habitat has built 22 homes in the Roaring Fork Valley with two more underway. Eight of those have been in Carbondale.
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As grades 1 through 12 head back to school Wednesday in the Roaring Fork School District, the board of education meets in Carbondale at Bridges High School. The meeting will include a presentation on the new Eastbank school in Glenwood Springs, a resolution on installation of a solar array at Glenwood Springs Elementary and an update on the school district’s strategic plan and key initiatives this school year from new superintendent Rob Stein. Also on the agenda is Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley's proposed development at Basalt High School. Gavin Dahl talks with Habitat president Scott Gilbert about the project.
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A push to keep useful building materials out of landfill
Furniture, appliances, doors, cabinets, counter tops and bathroom fixtures have been removed and sent to a local nonprofit’s second hand store or another salvage lot, leaving an empty shell.
aWhen a nice house isn’t nice enough, the final destination for that shell is typically the Pitkin County Landfill, where space is at a premium in a race against time.
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