Jennifer Kermode: A spring housing update
It’s a busy spring at the Summit Combined Housing Authority. For starters, we’re seeking a local community member to serve on our advisory board. Former board member Vickie Lewis has joined the SCHA staff, leaving her board position open with approximately 29 months left of the initial three-year term. Vickie will administer the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) for Summit, Park and Clear Creek counties. Welcome aboard, Vickie! For more information on the opportunity to join our board and help make a difference in the lives of local residents, please submit a letter detailing your interest and background to the Housing Authority by April 16th at firstname.lastname@example.org, or PO Box 188, Breckenridge, CO 80424. SCHA would also like to say thank-you to outgoing board members Rob Millisor and Peggy Long. They have both been highly instrumental in establishing the SCHA as a separate agency within the county. Millisor and Long also had a clear vision as to where the SCHA should go, and guided the agency in determining the priorities on which to focus.The Valley Brook Neighborhood is scheduled for ground-breaking this month, and we are excited to be working directly with the Town of Breckenridge on this exciting housing opportunity for locals. The Valley Brook units priced to sell at 105 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) are now listed with Sarah Barclay with Slifer, Smith and Frampton, of Breckenridge. You can contact Sarah at (970) 453-9090, or drop by her office at 117 S. Main in Breckenridge for more information. To be the most cost effective, the HUD units designed to sell at less-than 80 percent AMI will continue to be marketed and sold through the Summit Combined Housing Authority. The new Peak One Neighborhood development in Frisco is progressing on schedule, with ground hopefully being broken this month. Ten Mile Partners is hoping to finalize sales prices on the affordable units by the end of April. Now is the time to get on the interested list for those homes by visiting their website at http://www.peakoneneighborhood.com. Finally, the results of an energy audit on the Ophir affordable housing units, sanctioned by the Summit Combined Housing Authority and High Country Conservation Center, were featured at a presentation April 6 at the Summit Senior & Community Center in Frisco. This presentation, which was open to the public, examined the quality and durability of the Ophir development, which was built 10 years ago – prior to the establishment of green standards used in today’s housing market. Despite the challenging economic climate in Summit County, the demand for adequate, affordable homes for those employed locally remains strong. In addition to assisting those with housing needs, SCHA offers many ongoing services that are vital to this community. We continue to help locals with downpayment assistance and home rehabilitation loans. We also offer free monthly homebuyer education courses, held at the Senior Center, Frisco. For a complete list of all available services, please visit our website at http://www.summithousing.us. As long as our community continues to present unique challenges when it comes to affordable housing, the Summit County Housing Authority will rise to the occasion, helping to provide options for those who keep our county running – our residents. Jennifer Kermode is executive director of the Summit Combined Housing Authority – http://www.summithousing.us. Contact her at email@example.com or (970) 423-7043.
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