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A group forming in Evergreen hopes to find and create affordable housing options in the area. Thirteen people who met for the first time at Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen on Oct. 4 come from all …
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A group forming in Evergreen hopes to find and create affordable housing options in the area.
Thirteen people who met for the first time at Cactus Jack’s in Evergreen on Oct. 4 come from all walks of life, though all had one thing in common: They see the need to find housing offered at rents that most people can afford.
The group discussed shortcomings they saw with housing in Evergreen: lack of transitional housing for young adults, lack of properties available with rents under $1,400 per month, and rental properties being sold out from under tenants.
“It’s sad to see people are asking me for properties in the $1,000 or $1,500 (rent-per-month) range, and we don’t have anything,” said Kim Burns with Mountain Haven Rental Properties, estimating that the average rent in Evergreen and Conifer is $3,200 per month. “We have single parents and single people who need places, and we don’t have anything for them. I don’t think I have anything on the books under $1,400 a month.”
The group also hopes to identify properties that can be used as workforce housing. They hope that local businesses can band together to buy property, develop it into housing and create residential living spaces that people working here can afford.
“If we talk with developers and landowners, and get businesses to purchase something, maybe it will be a smaller pill to swallow,” said Nancy Judge, president of the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.
Group members are doing research to learn more about where to begin with the aim to make Evergreen a realistic place to live.
“I have friends trying to live and work here,” said Evergreen resident Cita Marusic. “Nothing here is affordable. A lot of people are moving away and moving out of state. Is there anything we can do to provide housing so people can stay here?”
The group will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Evergreen Christian Church, 27772 Iris Drive, to discuss its findings. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. For more information, contact Megan Mitchell, co-owner of Cactus Jack’s, at email@example.com.
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