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Housing is top priority

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

“Affordable housing” is a laughable term to many in Garfield County, some saying, “Affordable to whom?” Housing is a complicated issue, one that affects everyone in Garfield County. Whether it is a firsthand everyday battle, or an employer’s struggle to keep quality employees, housing is on everyone’s mind.

The Garfield County Human Services Commission (HSC) is a group of nonprofit agencies that serve the county’s citizens. Members of the commission meet with the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners regularly to educate the commissioners about the activities and challenges of their clients.Early this year, the Garfield County Human Services Commission created a list of priorities its clients face. At the top of the list was housing. Each agency feels the effects of limited and/or nonexistent affordable housing in its day-to-day operations, not only its clients, but also by the agencies’ employees.This year, the human service commission has focused its efforts on housing in its allotted times with the commissioners, detailing the severity of the situation and its impact on human services clients.

At this year’s Rural Mountain Philanthropy Days held in early June in Leadville, Jeff W. Pryor, executive director of The Anschutz Family Foundation, gave the Garfield County Human Services Commission kudos for this collaborative effort to concentrate its attention on housing.Congregations and Schools Empowered (CASE) has worked tirelessly to organize public meetings with housing as a featured topic. These meetings have been very successful, with impressive public input and turnout. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Businesses, school superintendents, and hospital administrators are among the entities expected to participate at this meeting.

If you have attainable housing, you’re one of the lucky ones.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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