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Wapiti Commons by Habitat RFV

In our effort to address the affordable housing crisis for older-adults and workforce families, we are building a new community in Rifle that will include 18 sustainable and affordable homes for purchase.

8 Homes for Older-Adults

  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bath

  • Quadplex with 4 one story units, ADA accessible

  • Single level with attached garage

  • Unit Size: Approximately 1,000 SF

10 Homes for Working Famlies

  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bath

  • Duplex townhome building arrangement

  • Three levels with attached garage

  • Unit Size: Approximately 1,600 SF

We’re building a new community in the heart of Rifle

Wapiti Commons is located in South Rifle at the corner of Wapiti and Smith Streets. Grand River Hospital, Walmart, Alpine Bank, Starbucks, and several restaurants are all within walking distance. Wapiti Commons is being designed with two target home buyers in mind:

Older-Adults: Our target market for the eight accessible units is active older-adults. The for-sale ADA accessible units are close to amenities and will allow older-adults to downsize, while preserving an equity interest in their home. 

Local Workforce: Our target market for the 10 townhomes is the local workforce. The townhomes are intended to attract smaller families and young professionals looking for a homeownership opportunity.

We’re solving the affordable housing crisis in our valley

The 2019 Greater Roaring Fork Housing study states the region will grow by about 25,000 in the next ten years and a third of this growth is expected to occur in the 65+ population. This growth in population translates to a shortfall of 5,700 units for people making below 100% of area median income by 2027. The population of people 55+ is growing in the region and is expected to reach 23,300 by 2023. In addition, Habitat RFV has identified a gap in the market for for-sale ADA accessible units. 

We are designing eight single-level condos to be attractive to Rifle older-adults and people with disabilities and 10 three-story townhomes to appeal to Rifle working families. Our goal for these new construction homes is to make them affordable to families earning approximately 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), while also keeping utility bills low by maximizing energy efficiency and striving to reach yearly net-zero energy use. 

We’re committed to building sustainable, affordable homes

  • Develop a thriving residential community for the local Rifle workforce
  • Minimize infrastructure costs through efficient site planning
  • Choose energy systems to achieve net-zero energy efficiency
  • Design for accessibility, adaptability, and multigenerational families
  • Affordable homeownership for Rifle older-adults and working families

But, we need your help

Each Habitat Roaring Fork home is a labor of love built by Habitat construction staff, subcontractors, volunteers and the homeowners themselves. 

In addition to financial donations, we are looking to partner with local institutions, businesses, and community organizations. We will utilize our experience from our Basalt Vista Net-Zero Affordable Housing Community and continue to meld green-building with affordable housing in a way that positively impacts the homeowners and the Rifle community.

To learn more about how you can help make the dream of homeownership a reality for older-adults and local workforce families, please contact:

Gail Schwartz, President

(970) 309-1411

Jake Ezratty, Project Supervisor

(914) 907-9888

Alexandra Yajko, Major Gifts Officer

(970) 379-7687


Help us make homeownership possible for the people who serve our communities

Your gift will promote and inspire fulfilment in the lives of Habitat homeowners,which in turn translates into the health and happiness they give back to all of us as fellow valley neighbors.