Steamboat Today: There’s no time to waste
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - January 19, 2018 - Updated: January 19, 2018
The news, Jan. 11, that the Yampa Valley Housing Authority was already prepared, just 49 days after the Nov. 7, 2017 election, to move forward with two distinctly different plans that could add an additional 130 affordable housing units to the community’s inventory was almost breathtaking.
The all-volunteer housing authority board and its executive director Jason Peasley calculated, in advance of learning of the election outcome, that if it wanted to keep the housing pump primed, it needed to solicit requests for proposals from prospective developers in advance. And there was a legitimate sense of urgency on the part of housing authority members; they have been given a very aggressive goal.
We would remind you that in December 2016, the Community Housing Steering Committee called out the need for the creation of 700 diverse new housing units, plus 250 additional beds for seasonal workers in the city and county, all by 2020.