Meeting will focus on housing plan

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— A meeting Wednesday offers one of the last chances to comment on the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's draft of its strategic plan.

Housing Authority officials recently released the final draft of the plan. By state statute, housing authorities must develop, review, update and implement a plan focused on the management and operation of housing projects and programs.

To develop the plan, a committee of the Housing Authority's board of directors held a series of public meetings in Routt County and Craig earlier this year. The board presented a draft the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

The latest draft of the plan has been changed based on officials' comments, said Elizabeth Black, executive director of the Housing Authority.

The most significant change, Black said, emphasizes the need for adequate staffing and resources to accomplish the plan's goals.

The Housing Authority's goals were financial stability of the Housing Authority, land acquisition, project development, housing assistance programs, mobile homes and local government assistance.

People, funding and other resources are needed to carry out the goals, according to the plan. "Action items can only be implemented when adequate staff and resources are available," the plan reads.

Another major change is the addition of a provision that requires the board to review the plan every three years, Black said.



What: Special meeting of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to hear public comment about its draft planWhen: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Commissioners Hearing Room, County Courthouse annex, 136 Sixth St.A copy of the Housing Authority's draft plan can be viewed online at www.yampavalley.info.

Depending on how much feedback the board receives, Wednesday's meeting may be the last before the plan adoption hearing, which could happen as early as June, Black said. "We're very close to wrapping up."

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