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YVHA officials holding meetings to discuss affordable housing

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— Before Yampa Valley Housing Authority officials draft an affordable housing plan, they want to get residents' input.

The authority is sponsoring a series of six meetings in January and February to share information and gather input about affordable housing. Any input the authority receives will help officials draft an affordable housing plan.

The authority, a multi-jurisdictional entity, is required by state statute to produce a plan to guide its programs, said Nancy Stahoviak, a Routt County commissioner who is vice president of the housing authority's board.

Stahoviak said officials are seeking information from residents who live in different areas because their housing needs likely will differ.

"I want to really encourage everyone throughout the county and in Moffat County also to come," Stahoviak said. "We really do want their input and feedback. We want to let them know what we're doing and the possibilities of what we can do."

The two-hour meetings will include presentations about the housing authority and its projects. Officials will share information from a housing needs assessment, and they will present information about the different kinds of tools that can be used to address affordable housing. There then will be an open discussion to allow people to comment about what they think the housing authority should do.

Kathi Meyer, president of the housing authority board, said the meetings also will include an opportunity to prioritize community needs.

"This is not, 'This is our plan,'" Meyer said. "We are going out to listen to the community. We want community input into the plan."

--o reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.








What: Yampa Valley Housing Authority-sponsored meetings to discuss its future affordable housing planWhere:South Routt: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 4 at the South Routt School District Office Board Room in Oak CreekHayden: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Yampa River State Park Visitor's Center conference room, 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40Steamboat Springs: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan 19 in rooms 113 and 114 of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Steamboat Springs: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1255 Lincoln AvenueNorth Routt: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitors Center, 61105 Routt County Road 128 in ClarkCraig/Moffat County: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. 40 in Craig

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