CASE to host meeting on attainable housing
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A local community action group will hold a public meeting Monday to draw attention to the lack of attainable housing in the valley. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Church in Glenwood Springs.CASE – Congregations and Schools Empowered – has invited elected officials from local cities, towns and counties, from Parachute to Aspen, to hear from individuals who are struggling to live here because they cannot afford the area’s high rents or housing prices.The town hall meeting is intended to bring people together over the issue.”We’re trying to mobilize churches and schools to turn out for this,” said Tom Ziemann, director of Catholic Charities in the region and an organizer with CASE.The meeting will include testimonials from people who have struggled to find housing. Organizers will also ask mayors and county commissioners to work with CASE.
“Let’s quit talking about it and do something,” Ziemann said. “We don’t want to cause division but we need to figure out a way to collaborate better. Each town and county is waiting for someone else to fix the problem.”Ziemann also said the group purposely does not use the word “affordable” in reference to housing. “Affordable doesn’t mean anything in this valley” where rents for apartments go over $1,000 a month and “half a million dollar houses are considered affordable” by some.Local governments require that new housing developments contain affordable units. But the majority of homes being built in the valley are out of the price range of “regular” people. “We have to have the political will” to provide enough housing for working people. “We need to share the pain, and it will be a painful process,” Ziemann said. “But if we all share the pain it won’t be so painful.” Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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