If a community is trustworthy, what does it stand for? How does it act? Is the welfare of its members paramount? If so, how are issues such as health, well-being, security, or safety considered? Maybe even more importantly, is a function of “community” to provide a sense of belonging to its members?
These are some queries I have pondered while deciding whether to make Pagosa Springs (Archuleta County) my home.
Although I have owned my real property since 2005, it has been rented while I handled my law practice in Florida. I made the decision to move to Colorado full-time. Now, I vote in Archuleta County. I’ve elevated my prior ‘avocations’ of massage therapy; and writing books, stories, and articles to the status of occupations.
Through my new positions, I’ve come across a small, not-for-profit organization that has a noble calling. Having only three staff, the Archuleta Housing Corporation (AHC) manages, and maintains 52 apartment units, assisting nearly 180 residents. They provide subsidized rents at 30% of the residents’ income, which includes all utilities. In addition, AHC also accommodates citizens over 62 years of age in 12 apartments.
AHC was formed in 1965. In their company bio they state: “… To this day AHC works hard to help as many as possible and strives to respond to the ever-growing needs of the community. …” (https://archuletahousing.com)
Although a substantial number of out-of-staters are buying up real estate, and enhancing their monetary incomes through the short-term rentals thereof, it seems there is a need for more affordable housing for locals including elders. Hence the purpose for this letter to the editor.
As a member belonging to this community, and believing in its trustworthiness, one thing I’ve learned is that we show up to help those in need.
There is a special fun benefit event on Thursday, July 29th at the 19th HOLE CONCERT. Great music of Jack Ellis & Out on Work Release.
Tickets are only $10. Check it out. Archuleta Housing’s office number is 970-398-1860.