Affordable Housing

How Do We Create Affordable Housing?

A strong infrastructure invites industry; new industry increases property and sales tax revenues; a vigorous tax base will provide a higher standard of living for everyone. One absolute necessity for new industry is affordable housing for workers and their families.

 

Huerfano County is not alone in dealing with a housing shortage.  Across America, many spend almost 50 percent of their income on housing. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, over 7.1 million American households cannot find affordable housing.

It’s time to begin thinking outside the box when it comes to finding housing solutions. Looking to other communities, some creative solutions include:

  • A neighborhood of homes in Las Vegas, Nevada, made from repurposed shipping containers, each about 1300 square feet with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. The cost of
    renovation locally would be less than the Las Vegas renovation cost of $27,000 to $37,000.  These small homes could be placed anywhere with access to roads, utilities, and necessary infrastructure.
  • Old railroad boxcars or premanufactured storage buildings, which come in varying sizes from 200 to 2000 square feet, could be converted into tiny homes.  The cost to convert with portable heating and plumbing could be $20,000-$40,000.
  • A project like the tiny home community proposed in Walsenburg several years ago on the John Mall High School football field is being offered by the Denver Housing Authority.  They are working toward creating a tiny home cottage village through a non-profit organization funded by the Colorado Resources and Housing Development Corporation (CRDHC) and, if successful, they are looking to expand throughout the state to impoverished areas.
  • The old prison could be converted for multiple uses, such as apartments, a shelter for the homeless, a recreation center, or other uses.  The infrastructure is there.  I’d like to look into utilizing it.
  • We have a shortage of marketable homes in the county.  As your commissioner, I will pursue creative housing solutions and work with Walsenburg and La Veta to rehabilitate old and abandoned properties.  Many resources are available for first time home buyers, including lending and counseling classes to improve credit scores and help buyers obtain low-interest home loans. CRDHC has a wealth of information if one is considering buying a home, looking for low-cost financing, or seeking homebuyer education.  Organizations like this may help buyers obtain their dream homes while improving our neighborhoods and creating a healthy tax base.

As your commissioner, I will utilize my many contacts in the business world to help make Huerfano County a place where creativity flourishes. Together we can make our home a place where industry thrives, taxes are used wisely and well, and diversity of ideas is welcomed.

How Do We Create Affordable Housing?

A strong infrastructure invites industry; new industry increases property and sales tax revenues; a vigorous tax base will provide a higher standard of living for everyone. One absolute necessity for new industry is affordable housing for workers and their families.

 

Huerfano County is not alone in dealing with a housing shortage.  Across America, many spend almost 50 percent of their income on housing. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, over 7.1 million American households cannot find affordable housing.

It’s time to begin thinking outside the box when it comes to finding housing solutions. Looking to other communities, some creative solutions include:

  • A neighborhood of homes in Las Vegas, Nevada, made from repurposed shipping containers, each about 1300 square feet with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. The cost of
    renovation locally would be less than the Las Vegas renovation cost of $27,000 to $37,000.  These small homes could be placed anywhere with access to roads, utilities, and necessary infrastructure.
  • Old railroad boxcars or premanufactured storage buildings, which come in varying sizes from 200 to 2000 square feet, could be converted into tiny homes.  The cost to convert with portable heating and plumbing could be $20,000-$40,000.
  • A project like the tiny home community proposed in Walsenburg several years ago on the John Mall High School football field is being offered by the Denver Housing Authority.  They are working toward creating a tiny home cottage village through a non-profit organization funded by the Colorado Resources and Housing Development Corporation (CRDHC) and, if successful, they are looking to expand throughout the state to impoverished areas.
  • We have a shortage of marketable homes in the county.  As your commissioner, I will pursue creative housing solutions and work with Walsenburg and La Veta to rehabilitate old and abandoned properties.  Many resources are available for first time home buyers, including lending and counseling classes to improve credit scores and help buyers obtain low-interest home loans. CRDHC has a wealth of information if one is considering buying a home, looking for low-cost financing, or seeking homebuyer education.  Organizations like this may help buyers obtain their dream homes while improving our neighborhoods and creating a healthy tax base.
  • The old prison could be converted for multiple uses, such as apartments, a shelter for the homeless, a recreation center, or other uses.  The infrastructure is there.  I’d like to look into utilizing it.

As your commissioner, I will utilize my many contacts in the business world to help make Huerfano County a place where creativity flourishes. Together we can make our home a place where industry thrives, taxes are used wisely and well, and diversity of ideas is welcomed.