Bill Schurman: Affordable sham


— The front cover of the Nov. 28, 2006, Steamboat Today was priceless. On top was a photo of the mobile homes at the Riverwalk project site being leveled, and immediately below it was the bold headline "A vision for housing." What could have been meant by that headline in relation to the photo?

On the one hand, affordable housing for average working people is being destroyed while a structure will replace it for housing for the wealthy.

All the talk about "affordable" housing is a sham. Recently there was a photo in the Pilot & Today of an "affordable" house with a $300,000 price tag that remains unsold. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why.

Those folks who were kicked out of their mobile homes in the name of a developer's profit can ill afford a $300,000-plus "affordable" home. Let's cut the babble of "affordable" housing and do something that is realistic so that the working class in this community have a realistic chance at "affordable" housing.

Put mobile homes on property that developers cannot touch and allow mobile home owners to purchase the plot of ground, or buy several more over-the-road buses to transport folks to and from South Routt, Hayden and Craig - and let the employers and developers foot the bill.

Watch out Dream Island, you're next!


cheesehead 10 years, 4 months ago

congradulations on the new home. I'm glad to hear the fox creek thing worked out. while I have some problems with the affordable housing issue, I certaintly don't have all the answers. I like how the YVHA teamed up with the USDA to help people out, hopefully they can do it again. Its kind of a drag how some people in town view folks that could use a hand as a menace, instead of welcoming normal people to their neighborhood.


another_local 10 years, 4 months ago

The people in Dream Island, Fish Creek etc etc should get together with the housing authority and find a way to BUY the land they currently rent. The renters at the Riverwalk site had that chance but failed to act on it. It is hard for me to blame the land owner that wants to sell his/her investment or the developer that buys it when it is offered. We need to find a way for the owner to sell when they are ready and get a fair price for it while preserving the affordable use.

Council should be willing to change the zoning to allow for ownership of the individual lots (as was done in Aspen) once the whole parcel is sold to some entity like a master trust or the housing authority or an owner's association.

It can be done.


Jon Casson 10 years, 4 months ago

I just moved into Fox Creek Village (YVHA Affordable Housing) and I couldn't be happier to be a homeowner in Steamboat- even with the various covenants and restrictions. Fox Creek is a model that truly works and we need to figure out how to fund more projects like it.


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