Frisch says APCHA responsibilities unbalanced

Feb 12, 2018

Credit Elise Thatcher

  Aspen councilmember Adam Frisch expressed concern about the Aspen Pitkin Housing authority Monday night. He gained support from his fellow council members in suggesting a work session to address the way the authority is governed.

For weeks Frisch has been meeting individuality with Pitkin County leadership about the joint governance of the housing authority. While both governments have overseen the agency for its 40-year history, Frish said the two don’t contribute equally

“I’m losing the ability to take anyone seriously that the status quo is best for our community,” Frisch said.

Frish urged a work session to address the matter as soon as possible.

“Now is the time to act and I will not sit by and wait to just form a commission or a working group or a committee to yet again study the issues that we have in front of us,” he said.

While the affordable housing program has served as a model for many other resort towns, Frisch said the community can no longer rest on its legacy.

“Shame on us if we do not have the best housing program in the country, not just the oldest and the largest,” said Frisch. “As our housing program goes, so goes this community.”