It’s no secret the Steamboat Springs area is facing a housing crisis, but not everyone knows there’s a community committee working to change that.
The Community Housing Steering Committee, a group sanctioned by the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners, has been meeting since March, and members say now is the time for the rest of the public to step up and get involved in the discussion.
At 5 p.m. Monday, the steering committee will hold a task force kickoff meeting to discuss the committee`s work and launch the efforts of four fast-moving community working groups, which will study various troubled areas of the local housing market, including seasonal housing, low-income, entry-level and move-up housing.
“We’re really trying to capture on the attention everyone has on this subject right now,” said Jason Peasley, executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. “Everyone is struggling with this now. The (housing) supply is just not there.”
Peasley said there is interest from the city, county, Yampa Valley Housing Authority, the business community, human service organizations and the community at large to address community housing now.
Each working group will consider demographics, supply and demand, obstacles, consequences, solutions and opportunities and definitions of success within their market segments.
The working groups will meet for about eight weeks before turning their findings over to the committee, which will use the information to craft a set of recommendations for the City Council and Board of Commissioners, ideally by early December.
Community Housing Steering Committee co-chair Dan Pirrallo said Monday’s meeting is an opportunity for the community to participate in the housing discussion.
“This is an opportunity for individuals in the community who are concerned about the availability of housing and the housing market to participate and have their voice heard,” Pirrallo said.
He said the steering committee has no preconceived ideas about what might develop out of the working groups or what solutions the committee might end up recommending.
“This is going to be hard work for this community and hard work for our political leaders,” he said.
Those interested in joining a working group can contact B. Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 970-870-0167 or attend Monday’s meeting.
“If you’re interested in having your voice heard, this is where to begin and where to get involved,” Pirrallo said.