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Housing Underpins Every Aspect of Our Economy

Allison Alexander; aspen times

There is nothing the housing crisis in our region does not touch.

As outlined in the Colorado Newsline, “Colorado’s mountain communities have long felt the affordable housing crisis.” Yet today, this issue underpins every aspect of our economy — whether you are a business owner, non-profit, government entity, school, or just a resident visiting a local restaurant.

Without a stable workforce, our region will cease to exist as the special place we know. This is not hyperbolic, but an accurate statement about the real trajectory of our region without creative solutions and community investment.

While housing has not traditionally been a popular place for philanthropic support or investment, it has the potential to change our region’s trajectory.

Gail Schwartz, president of Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley, said she has heard from countless non-profits in our region and fields daily calls looking for support for employee housing.