Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Workforce Housing Solutions Subject of Roundtable Discussion
Loading
Members of the Sun Valley Board of REALTORS banded together for a work day earlier this year to help a Wood River Valley veteran stay in his home.
 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Housing solutions for mountain towns will be presented at a meeting open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The meeting will be held at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum.

It is sponsored by the Sun Valley Board of REALTORS, the Building Construction Association of the Wood River Valley, the Chamber of Hailey and Wood River Valley and the Limelight Hotel.

It will feature Natalie Spencer, the founder of APX1.co., the first research, investment and development firm to address workforce housing and food security in resort-based mountain towns

Spencer has surveyed core issues in 26 mountain towns to find and fund best-practice community building solutions.

The average household in Blaine County needs an annual income of $71,260 to afford the average cost of $1,782 a month for a two-bedroom rental, according to the Blaine County Housing Authority. Even with locals living with several roommates, there isn’t enough supply in rental housing and affordable housing to meet workforce demand.

Some neighboring mountain resorts towns face even worse problems, with many workforce residents living in tents, cars or couch surfing. And, without action, some believe that could be the future of the Wood River Valley.

“This issue affects everyone from service employees to doctors to first responders to CEOs,” said Amanda Ornelas, CEO of the Sun Valley Board of REALTORS, which has more than 300 REALTOR members. “Our full-time residents keep our valley alive and it is urgent that we consider all options to give them a hand and stop this crisis.”

More affordable housing would help with the labor shortage, added Chamber Director Mary Austin Crofts.

“Businesses don’t have enough people to staff their businesses and it is affecting their bottom line,” she said.

 

~  Today's Topics ~


Sun Valley Opens Tunnel Just in Time for Santa

Sun Valley’s Classic Christmas Concert Offers a Chance to Relax

The Faculty Lounge to Warm Night With Christmas Songs
 
 

 

 

 
Advertising /Marketing /Public Relations
Inquiries Contact:

Leisa Hollister
Advertising Manager
208-450-9993
leisahollister@gmail.com
     
     
     
 
 
 
ABOUT US
The largest online daily news media service in the Wood River Valley. We are the community leader, publishing 7 days a week. Our publication features current news articles, local sports and engaging video content in Sun Valley, Idaho.
 
info@eyeonsunvalley.com
 
P: 208.720.8212
 
P.O. Box 1453, Ketchum, ID 83340
 
Login
 

© Copyright 2018 Eye on Sun Valley