Seven can’t all be lucky in housing lottery |

Seven can’t all be lucky in housing lottery

The Garfield County Housing Authority’s first lottery for resale of an affordable housing unit drew seven entries at Courthouse Plaza Monday.

A winner who may buy the $137,690, two-bedroom unit at Coryell Ranch near Carbondale was chosen, but the name was not released.

Applicants Jon Tripp and Adam Carballeira attended the lottery drawing, but were not chosen.

Garfield County Housing Authority director Geneva Powell told Tripp and Carballeira they could still be picked if the winner can’t obtain financing for the deed-restricted duplex, or backs out.

“We should know in two weeks,” Powell told the pair.

Lottery applicants were assigned numbers written on bingo balls. The balls were placed in a squirrel cage, which was spun each time a ball was chosen.

Top priority went to applicants who live and work in Garfield County; second priority went to applicants who only live in Garfield County.

Carballeira and his wife, Cora, live and work as school teachers in Garfield County and were chosen second in the top priority group. Tripp was the first chosen in the second priority group.

“We’ll just wait and see,” Carballeira said after the lottery.

Developers built seven deed-restricted housing units at Coryell Ranch as part of the Garfield County approval process in 2001. The initial lottery attracted 40 applicants.

Monday’s lottery was the first time a Garfield County Housing Authority unit has come on the market for resale, Powell said.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

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