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At the conclusion of  their November 17 meeting, the Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Directors was informed by the Director of Housing, Becky Gray, that she is stepping down.

Becky Gray, Chaffee County Director of Housing. Photo Courtesy Chaffee County Housing + Health Initiative

“Chaffee County is a special place,” said Gray, “and while I have enjoyed my work here immensely, it is time for me to refocus my professional life to be closer with my family.” Gray will be relocating to southeast Kansas.

“While the CHA Board is sad to see Becky leaving, “we are confident that we can orchestrate a smooth transition and keep the organization on track with meeting its strategic goals,” said CHA Board Chair Craig Nielson. “This transition will be closely coordinated with Becky and staff and we have formed a selection committee to start working on the transition plan.”

According to Nielson, the plan is for Gray to remain in place until at least June, 2023, to facilitate cross-training with the incoming director.

Gray said that she is very pleased with the accomplishments Chaffee County has seen since she took her position in 2018, and acknowledged the CHA staff, Board of Directors, and collaborative community organizations as being integral to those successes. Gray facilitated the formation of the Chaffee Housing Authority Board of Directors in 2020.

The CHA Board adopted a strategic plan in 2021 that focuses on organizational operation, advocacy, housing stability support, and housing development.

The staff of five, three of whom are grant-funded, operate a grant-funded Rental Deposit Guarantee Program and the city-funded Salida Open Doors program. They facilitate a Continuum of Care with multiple community-based organizations and produce the We Are Chaffee storytelling initiative sharing housing-needs stories about community members. The team advocates for housing affordability in land use code updates and development conversations, assists residents with a host of housing-related matters; and they manage the development of Jane’s Place, a seventeen-unit rental housing project in Salida.

Since 2022, the organization’s roughly $158,000 yearly budget has been augmented by over $3 million that Gray secured through a variety of grant sources.