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Gunnison Housing Needs Assessment

In 2016 the Gunnison County Housing Authority (now the Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority) contracted with Rees Consulting, Inc., WSW Consulting and Williford LLC to conduct a countywide housing needs assessment.

The Gunnison County Housing Needs Assessment quantifies current and future housing needs in the Gunnison Valley and the three market areas: North Valley, Mid-Valley and South Valley. It answers questions such as how much, what type and at which price points housing is needed to support local residents. The study quantifies where gaps exist, providing the number and type of homes needed to attract and retain workers across all income levels of the local economy. The study quantifies housing problems and proposes potential strategies to address them.

The availability of housing for the workforce and residents of the Gunnison Valley is linked with many community goals and values identified in the recent One Valley Prosperity Project (OVPP); a project that was developed over the past two years with participation from community leaders, concerned citizens and numerous stakeholders in the Gunnison Valley. The OVPP identified 10 strategies to address housing needs in the Valley, including:

  1. Build Capacity
  2. Create Dedicated Funding
  3. Build New Housing Units
  4. Land Bank
  5. Enable Private Sector Development
  6. Maintain Permanent Supply of Affordable Housing
  7. Complete Crested Butte Affordable Housing Project
  8. Complete Housing Needs Assessment
  9. Update Deed Restrictions
  10. Prepare for Future Housing Project

This Housing Needs Assessment completes one of the identified strategies. In addition to
providing the Gunnison Valley with the information, recommendations and strategies needed to pursue goals identified in the OVPP, this Housing Needs Assessment can also be used to:

This Housing Needs Assessment is a Valley-wide collaboration of the following sponsors in alphabetical order:

By providing housing that is affordable and located close to jobs, as recommended in this
Assessment, the Gunnison Valley can support the preservation of community character,
economic prosperity, diversity in the workforce, and the health of employees and the
environment. While the focus of the study is on workforce housing, estimates also include, retirees, seniors and persons with disabilities unless otherwise noted.

Click here to read the full 2016 study report. 

2009 Housing Needs Assessment

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