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The Chaffee Housing Authority, in cooperation with the City of Salida, is asking short-term rental owners and vacation homeowners within the City of Salida and the surrounding area to transition their short-term rentals, rarely-used vacation homes, unoccupied accessory dwelling units, or other under-used houses to a long-term rental for local workforce.

Logo courtesy Chaffee Housing Authority

“If you or someone you know has a housing unit that is generally empty or generally hosts out-of-town visitors, the Chaffee Housing Authority would happily match your home with members of the local workforce who are unable to find rental homes in this unprecedented rental market,” explains this morning’s press release from the Chaffee Housing Authority.

In a recent survey conducted by Chaffee Housing Authority, 79 percent of responding local landlords claim to fill their rental units by word of mouth.  This amounts to an inequitable marketing strategy; where primarily higher-income households who can pay higher rents can access housing opportunities first, and lower-income households are left with minimal options.

The 2022 Housing Needs Assessment recently adopted by the Chaffee Housing Authority demonstrates the need for 435 housing units immediately to stabilize our economy and an additional 670 more housing units over the next five years to keep up with workforce housing demand.

Until these housing units are built, however, the community risks losing an even greater number of workers, which will have long-term consequences for all members of this community.

A solution, says Chaffee Housing Authority Director Becky Gray, is for homeowners with underutilized homes to become part of the solution by working with the Chaffee Housing Authority and the City of Salida to market their properties and link them with qualified tenants for long-term leases.

For more information visit the Chaffee Housing Authority’s website at www.chaffeehousingauthority.org and select the Open Doors Program for more information and to apply to participate in the program.