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Habitat for Humanity Eyes Manufacturing Homes Locally as Future Housing Solution

andrew travers; Aspen journalism

Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is attempting to build a modular home manufacturing plant so that it can scale up its pace of affordable housing development and more aggressively combat the housing crisis rippling from Aspen to Parachute.

The initiative, for which Habitat is now seeking investors, aims to make a dent in the ever-worsening local housing shortage that is resulting not only in staffing shortages for the area’s dominant resort and hospitality industry but in the disruption of basic infrastructure like dependable school bus routes. Habitat estimates the housing shortfall just to meet local workforce demands at 4,000 homes and has concluded that a modular facility is its best hope to make a significant impact on the crisis by providing hundreds of affordable modular homes to qualified buyers in coming years.