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Published in the July 30, 2015, edition of the Lyons Recorder.

COMMENTARY: What’s the future of affordable housing in Lyons?

Next meeting today, Thursday, July 30

by Amy Reinholds

Special housing committee chair Justin Spencer canceled the meeting last Wednesday because town staff liaison Cody Humphrey could not attend, and the Town Hall Annex was not available as a result. I waited on the back patio of the Barking Dog Cafe with an americano and a laptop, hoping to meet people who didn’t know about the cancellation.

One member of the public, Carrie Gonzales, came for the meeting, and she and I chatted at a table in the shade. We talked about ideas including contacting the Make It Right nonprofit organization that has built – and is continuing to build – more than 100 homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I sent in a request for more information through the organization’s website but have not heard back yet. As Gonzales said that day, “It takes a whole village to raise everything from children to flood recovery.”

And since then, I have also reached out to contacts at “Space to Create, Colorado,” a state program to develop affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations that was announced by Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday. I haven’t heard back yet from this group, but I’ll follow up in future columns, and I also plan to discuss it with the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission.

The next meeting of the special housing committee is a working meeting at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the Lyons Valley Village Community House. The next special housing committee regular meeting at the Town Hall annex is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12. All housing committee meetings are open to the public and published on the Town of Lyons calendar at http://www.townoflyons.com/calendar. Agendas and meeting minutes are posted at: http://www.townoflyons.com/component/content/article/158-yoocarousel/556-special-housing-committee.

Keep following my columns in both Lyons papers for updates about what has and has not been accomplished to increase affordable housing stock in Lyons. For background and history on the special housing committee, and to read previous weeks’ columns, see http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/index.php/lyons-chatter/6026-what-s-the-future-for-affordable-housing-in-lyons.

 

Amy Reinholds served on the Lyons Housing Recovery Task Force from December 2013 through its end in February 2015. She is currently a member of the Lyons Human Services and Aging Commission and serves as a liaison to the special housing committee. She has lived in Lyons for 11 years and in the surrounding Lyons area since 1995.

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