The Valley Housing Fund cooperatively creates and supports affordable, energy efficient housing using renewable and locally available resources as much as possible. The Fund will contribute to more sustainable, resilient and healthy communities within the Gunnison Valley.
INFO on Long Lake Exchange:
The Long Lake Land Exchange represents a unique partnership in our Valley to make significant funds available for affordable housing. In 2010, longtime Gunnison residents, Judy and Butch Clark, sold 613 acres of land in the Fossil Ridge area to the Trust for Public Land (TPL) with a stipulation that if re-sold, the proceeds would go directly to the Valley Housing Fund (VHF). At that time, the VHF had not yet acquired its tax-exempt status, so the Clarks asked TPL to hold the parcel.
The Crested Butte Land Trust negotiated a land exchange with the Gunnison National Forest. The Fossil Ridge parcel and an additional 15 acres at Copley Lake near Irwin will be added to the Gunnison National Forest in exchange for ownership of approximately 120 acres on the eastern shore of Long Lake, just outside of Crested Butte. Upon closing in spring of 2020, this exchange contributed over $2.5 million to the VHF to further our mission for affordable housing. This innovative project structure is a win for everyone in the Gunnison Valley! Learn more about it by viewing the CB Land Trust’s informational video below, or by reading the article from CB News here.