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A child’s bike sits buried in snow in front of Hillside Village Apartments. The project was an early effort to bring affordable housing to Steamboat Springs.

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Return of housing market once again could put affordability at heart of discussion

By upending the market for free-market homes, the financial crisis and resulting recession also upended the discussion about affordable workforce housing in Routt County. Now, before the next potential housing shortage develops, the community is faced with the opportunity to consider what was learned during the last run-up and what, if anything, should be done to influence how Steamboat Springs and Routt County grow in the future.

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