The Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) has begun formal recruitment efforts for a new Executive Director, to replace Executive Director Becky Gray, who announced in December 2022 that she would be leaving the position in June, 2023 to move back to the Midwest.
The CHA Executive Director will be responsible for executing the organization’s strategic plan, overseeing existing staff and programs, and moving the organization through its next phases of growth.
The outgoing director is stepping down after serving Chaffee County for four and a half years. Gray pioneered the role in the county, which only began to acknowledge its difficult workforce housing situation in 2016, when a state assessment, followed by the formation of a Housing Policy Advisory Committee began to take slow steps. First, toward creating a Chaffee County Office of Housing to begin to deal with the county’s shortage of housing for those who work in the county, then moving toward the creation of an intergovernmental authority to address the issue systemically across the county.
The Chaffee Housing Authority, a government entity formed in 2020, operates under a strategic plan focusing on organizational operation, advocacy, housing stability, and housing development. The organization was formed by the jurisdictions of Chaffee County, the City of Salida, and the Town of Buena Vista to address the local housing crisis. Its staff of five (three of whom are grant-funded) operate a Rental Deposit Guarantee Program and the Salida Open Doors RV program; facilitate a Continuum of Care; produce the We Are Chaffee storytelling initiative; advocate for housing affordability in local and state land use, development, and funding conversations; assist residents with a host of housing related matters; and manage the development of Jane’s Place, a seventeen-unit rental housing project in Salida.
“I am very proud of the successes the Chaffee Housing Authority has achieved thus far,” said Gray. “The staff, Board of Directors, and community supporters have been integral to fulfilling many of the recommendations contained in the 2016 Housing Needs Assessment, including establishing a multijurisdictional housing authority.” Gray points to the current programming and advocacy, the Jane’s Place development, and the coordination of a local Continuum of Care as milestones for the organization.
The position is employed by the county government. It is an exempt full-time and salaried job with corresponding benefits. Candidates interested in the Director position can find the full job description and instructions on how to apply at www.chaffeehousingauthority.org/edposition. A review of the first round of applicants will begin on Monday, February 13.
To apply, applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to CHA Board Chair Craig Nielson at email@example.com