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Wednesday and Thursday night, the City of Aspen is hosting public open houses to gather input input on an affordable housing development at the Aspen Lumberyard near the Aspen Airport Business Center. 

Previous meetings gave the city guidance on what kind of facilities will be included in the project. Public input and conversations with city council identified desires for housing, parking space, childcare facilities and easy access to public transportation.

Elise Thatcher

The City of Aspen’s 2020 Budget is being discussed in city council before it’s finalized at the end of November. 

The city says the main goal of the budget is to increase the availability of affordable housing. One way they are doing that is through granting Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) a $404,700 subsidy for a new software called HomeTrek.

The Aspen City Council is looking for public input on three different affordable housing projects.

The three projects are spread throughout Pitkin County: Burlingame Ranch, Water Place and Lumberyard. 

New APCHA Board Has Familiar Members

Jul 17, 2019
Elise Thatcher


Aspen City Council and Pitkin County appointed three citizens to the reorganized board of Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority or APCHA. All three have already served on APCHA’s board. 

Carson Schmitz, John Ward and Rick Head were picked from 32 applicants. David Laughren, who is not currently a board member, will be the alternate. 

APCHA Recommends New Fee System

Feb 22, 2019
Elise Thatcher


Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) wants to start fining residents for non-compliance.   





APCHA Governance Discussion Continues

Dec 10, 2018

Aspen and Pitkin County will revisit the way the affordable housing program is run in a work session on Tuesday.

County Undecided on APCHA Governance Model

Aug 22, 2018
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  A group of city and county officials have proposed re-writing the agreement that governs the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. In their board retreat Tuesday, the commissioners weighed in on what a public housing program could look like in the future.

Valley Round Up: Aug. 17, 2018

Aug 20, 2018

This week: Years after marijuana is legalized in Colorado, it may soon be sold in Snowmass Village, residents react to the pot prospect and consider an additional tax on the drug.

APCHA Launches Capital Reserve Study

Aug 20, 2018

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority is reaching out to the program's homeowners associations to see how healthy their rainy day funds are.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commissioners met with the Aspen City Council to discuss their intergovernmental agreement, dictating  how the workforce housing program is run.

APCHA to require “home economics” course

Mar 28, 2018
Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Prospective homeowners hoping to buy into the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority program will soon be required to take a homebuyer education course first.

Courtesy of Stay Aspen Snowmass

Thanks to a strong February, overall winter occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass Village is pacing within one percentage point of last year.

The Reporter Two-Way: APCHA Governance

Feb 14, 2018

This week Aspen City Council member Adam Frisch expressed concern about oversight of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA).

The Reporter Two Way: Let's talk housing

Nov 29, 2017


In 1982, the City of Aspen and Pitkin County signed an agreement creating the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA). Now, in 2017, there are nearly 3,000 regulated units for sale and rent, and yet we are still in a housing crunch.

The Reporter Two-Way: APCHA gets modern

Nov 8, 2017

This week, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority submitted a budget seeking funding to update its entire information system.

NextGen recieves pushback on trade down plans

Oct 19, 2017

Next Generation Advisory Commission is under fire after suggesting trade-downs as a way of opening up employee housing units.

APCHA gets digital upgrade

Oct 12, 2017

 The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority has updated its website for the first time in 15 years.

Valley Roundup for Oct. 6, 2017

Oct 5, 2017


Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

City plans Truscott buyout

Sep 25, 2017
Theodore K Guy Associates PC


Aspen’s Truscott II affordable rental buildings were built through a partnership with the the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) and private partners. The contracts expire this year, which leaves room for new opportunities.

Next Gen talks workforce housing

Aug 15, 2017

  All year, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board has made “trade downs” a discussion topic during their meetings.

Category changes to go in front of council

Jul 23, 2017
Elise Thatcher

  The Aspen Pitkin Housing Authority board has approved changes to the income categories that qualify residents for subsidized housing. But the city and county elected leadership must approve the measures and well.

Temporary housing offered to commuters

Jul 18, 2017
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen is coming up with solutions to support businesses affected by the upcoming Glenwood Springs Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

New guidelines have been approved regarding asset caps for those applying for Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority residences.

Commissioners talk housing Tuesday

May 9, 2017
Eagle County

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners will address affordable housing from multiple angles Tuesday.

Affordable rentals take shape

Jan 9, 2017
Courtesy photo

There are three parcels of city-owned land set to become Aspen’s newest affordable rental offerings.

Valley Roundup for Nov. 25, 2016

Nov 25, 2016

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.


Politics are still in play in Basalt — after two elections and the resignation of the town manager.

City reviews affordable housing contract

Oct 31, 2016
Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Aspen City Council is reviewing a contract to build new affordable rental units.



APCHA wants new website

Oct 7, 2016

  The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) is seeking public input about its online presence.

Mulcahy can stay in APCHA unit during proceedings

Sep 9, 2016

 An Aspen Pitkin Housing Authority unit may stay occupied by an allegedly non-compliant tenant for another year.

APCHA board will hear Mulcahy case update

Sep 7, 2016
Ross Daniels

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board will hear an update regarding a lawsuit against Burlingame resident Lee Mulcahy during their meeting today.

Mulcahy said he will attend the board meeting even though the discussion of the case will be held in closed session. The lawsuit against Mulcahy surrounds his residential and employment status. To live in his Burlingame home he needs to live and work full time in Pitkin County. Mulcahy said he doesn’t know if he will have a chance to speak today, and he doesn’t feel like he has had a chance to make his case.