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Opening minds and hearts to the need for affordable housing in Evergreen, Colorado.
The issue of affordability
The federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) states that affordable housing should consume no more than 30% of a household's income. For unincorporated Jefferson County, which includes Evergreen, the Jefferson County Department of Community Development's 2010 Housing Choice Market Study states: "Twenty-three percent of residents in Unincorporated Jefferson County pay more than 34% of their income toward housing costs. These residents are considered housing cost-burdened."
Specifically, Jeffco's 2010 Five Year Strategic Plan estimates the current median household income at $92,119, and notes in its 2010 Housing Choice Market Study, “The gross income maximum for cost-burdened households is approximately $35,000. An attainable house would cost approximately $105,000. Approximately 1.5% of the housing stock in Unincorporated Jefferson County was $105,000 or less in the year 2000.”
What does the population in need of affordable housing in Evergreen look like?
•Long-time Evergreen residents. •People who have been raised or have raised their children in our mountain community.
•People who do not want to live in an urban environment due to health reasons or personal reasons.
•Single and divorced women between the ages of 40-60.
•Some on a fixed income (social security or disability).
•Some working but not receiving a steady pay check.
•Most who were once homeowners who have lost their homes due to divorce or foreclosure.
(Based on feedback gained during a set of informational interviews and focus groups conducted with community members and those in need of affordable housing in the summer of 2010 by AT HOME)