An event planned for Thursday, Nov. 7, at the SteamPlant Event Center in Salida will help people better understand how affordable housing impacts rural communities while exploring collaborative ways to address this region’s affordable housing crisis. The Colorado Health Foundation is hosting Symposium Unplugged: Sparking Ideas for Healthy Homes in Rural Colorado. It is intended as an opportunity to present innovative ideas to add safe, stable and affordable housing already being explored in Chaffee County and across the region.
Experts in public health have said that one of the bulwarks of health is directly related to the availability of safe, stable and affordable housing. Those without secure housing are more at risk for health issues. Rural areas, particularly Colorado mountain rural areas, are being heavily impacted by housing trends that appear to favor construction of higher-end homes, second homes and short term rentals rather than affordable or workforce housing.
Organizers of the symposium say it was created to interest individuals working in the housing sector at the state or local level, to emphasis on rural areas. Others who may find the discussions and ideas worthwhile include housing service providers, human services professionals focused on housing, behavioral health and public health officials. The symposium topics should also interest regional planning managers and economic development representatives, as well as members of the general public curious about what affordable housing solutions may be on the horizon.
This free event is held between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. Those intending to attend should register by Friday, Nov. 1.