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Housing Summit, Part I: Industry Pros Promote Regional Approach to Housing Crisis at Summit

Josie Taris; Aspen times

Can the housing crisis be solved?

According to a daylong summit that drew professionals of all industries from across the Western Slope — yes. But it’s going to take a lot of regional cooperation between the private and public sectors.

“If we come at this as individual jurisdictions or counties … we’re just diluted by the fact that the Front Range is almost insatiable when it comes to public and state funds and competing for those funds,” said Habitat Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley President Gail Schwartz.

Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley hosted the “Solving the Housing Crisis: A Regional Summit on Equitable Solutions” at Aspen Meadows on Wednesday. The event featured a series of sessions and panels divided by expertise.

In the afternoon, a session on scalable solutions broke down financial resources, government policy, non-profit, and real-estate development approaches to address the affordable housing shortage.