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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. 

Housing Authority Hires Compliance Manager

Dec 28, 2018
Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) has hired a full time  Compliance Manager. It’s the first time inthe programs’ 40 year history that a dedicated staff member will be making sure APCHA’s tenants are following the rules.

Valley Round Up: Dec. 21, 2018

Dec 21, 2018

This week: we look back at the stories that defined 2018 in the Roaring Fork Valley.

APCHA Governance Structure Questioned

Aug 7, 2018
Roger Adams

On Tuesday, Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Commissioners met to discuss their respective roles in overseeing the workforce housing program.

APCHA to require “home economics” course

Mar 28, 2018
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Prospective homeowners hoping to buy into the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority program will soon be required to take a homebuyer education course first.

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).

Frisch says APCHA responsibilities unbalanced

Feb 12, 2018
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.

Many Voices, One Valley: Housing Town Hall

Feb 8, 2018
Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

Live from the Belly Up, moderator Alycin Bektesh leads a panel to discuss the question, “What Can Cities and Towns Do To Address The Affordable Housing Crisis?”

The panel features Aspen mayor Steve Skadron and assistant city manager Barry Crook, and Snowmass Village mayor Markey Butler and town manager Clint Kinney.

Next Gen talks workforce housing

Aug 15, 2017
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  All year, the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority board has made “trade downs” a discussion topic during their meetings.

Valley Roundup, April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Residents in Glenwood Springs have elected a new city council. And with the new majority, expect changes afoot, especially as the issues on both ends of the valley become more connected.

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

Fraud within Aspen’s affordable housing program has spurred debate about its merits in general. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Glenn Beaton, along with Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle.

Valley Roundup, March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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David Myler is an attorney in Basalt; he and his partner, Bill Lamont, are currently looking into creating a regional housing authority for the Roaring Fork Valley.

Affordable housing program in for system-wide overhaul

Jan 18, 2017

Mike Kosdrosky has been at the helm of the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority for two years. In that time, he’s realized that an overhaul of a system, which encompasses nearly 3,000 units, is long overdue.

 

Valley Roundup for July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016
Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen affordable housing program is in a mid-life crisis of sorts. How to manage nearly 3,000 subsidized units is weighing on public officials.

Valley Roundup for June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

There is a primary election this month among three candidates for Pitkin County commissioner. In a forum held this week, accusations flew from one candidate to another about conflicts of interest.

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Housing, open space dominate 'Squirm Night'

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

  A city of Aspen employee was able to bypass the affordable housing lottery system by claiming a medical hardship, jumping ahead of dozens of other locals who would have competed for the house in a subdivision on the east end of town. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup today are Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

Valley Roundup 2-19-16

Feb 19, 2016

  Guests this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt, Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Jill Beathard, editor of the Snowmass Sun.

Aspen in the environmental spotlight worldwide

Dec 23, 2015

  Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron was recently at the climate talks in Paris. One of the takeaways was that the Aspen community may be small on the world stage but its environmentalism has the spotlight.

Skadron says he was surprised by how many leaders knew not only about Aspen but were familiar with its environmental initiatives. Skadron says Aspen’s Canary Initiative, transportation plan and affordable housing program all serve as efforts more easily done on a local level than on a national one.

Valley Roundup - September 25th, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

This week on Valley Roundup:

  • A marijuana grow facility in the Holland Hills neighborhood was granted permission to continue operating as long as it keeps the stink under control.

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Aspen’s workforce housing program is collecting data from residents as part of an update to its guidelines. 

The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority started disseminating surveys to workers early in July. So far, 665 people have filled them out. The survey asks about income, your profession and whether you live in workforce housing.

Right now, policy decisions are being made with old data, says Housing Authority director Mike Kosdrosky. The new information will provide a clearer picture of what’s needed.

Grants help homeowners afford energy efficiency

Jun 18, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, has been working with homeowners for years to help bring down energy use. The nonprofit has expanded to specifically help homeowners on a limited budget. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

Elise Thatcher

The rental housing shortage in the mid Roaring Fork Valley is ratcheting up. As Aspen Public Radio has reported, rapidly increasing prices and restrictions are having a significant impact on residents. In our second story in our series, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at the subsidized housing options in the Mid-Valley.

APCHA probably not vulnerable to most lawsuits

Apr 30, 2015
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Questions have been raised about Aspen’s affordable housing authority. Aspen Public Radio spoke with legal experts about whether it could be vulnerable to lawsuits. They say probably not, contradicting APCHA’s former director.

Two APCHA Board members requested review

Apr 27, 2015

  There’s more information now about a recently released document concerning Aspen’s affordable housing program. It’s come to light that the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority has lost much of its power to the Aspen City Manager’s office.

Aspen housing Board releases “non-issue” memo

Apr 16, 2015
Elise Thatcher

Officials say there's nothing illegal going on with how a local affordable housing program is being governed. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at last night’s Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority meeting and has this story, and a full copy of the memo.