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Bruell column: Building partnerships is the way to build homes

Debbie bruell; post independent

Breaking ground just last month, the Wapiti Commons Affordable Housing Community in Rifle is a great example of how collaborative partnerships can generate creative, win-win solutions for one of the most pressing issues facing our county: housing.


Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is leading the Wapiti Commons project with support from a diverse set of stakeholders. The city of Rifle contributed to the project by waiving $100,000 in development fees, demonstrating how important affordable housing is to the economic vitality of the city. The project will provide 20 new net-zero homes for purchase by families and older adults that live and work in the Rifle community. One unit will be allocated specifically for a city of Rifle employee.