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Housing Authority chooses from among 45 for six spots on housing steering community

Housing Authority chooses from among 45 for six spots on steering community

Hillside Village Apartments is an affordable housing project owned and managed by the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.
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— A Routt County Human Services receptionist who lives in an affordable apartment building, the human resources director of Yampa Valley Medical Center and a veteran building contractor were among the six people chosen Thursday from a list of 45 applicants by the board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority to serve on the new Community Housing Steering Committee.

The group will be counted on to create and guide smaller working groups as they shape the discussion on how best to meet the increasing demand for workforce housing here.

“I feel like we had so many strong candidates,” housing authority board member Catherine Carson said. And many of the 45 who weren’t chosen will be asked to play a role on one of the working groups, whose missions will be defined by the steering committee.

The six new committee members will join five “self appointed” members from local government and institutions, including City Councilwoman Kathi Meyer, County Commissioner Doug Monger, Sheraton Steamboat manager Dan Pirallo, representing the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Sheila Henderson of the Human Resources Coalition and Housing Authority member Roger Ashton, who has extensive experience in the affordable housing sector in California’s Sacramento Valley.

Applicants for the steering committee were asked to identify themselves as being interested in representing the resort, development, business or environmental community, or as a beneficiary of affordable housing or a member of the community at large. The choice of one candidate for each category was complicated by the fact that most candidates identified themselves in more than one category. As a result, there were 15 candidates in the business category and 17 in the community-at-large category. Much smaller numbers of applicants sought to represent the other four categories.

Angela Ashby, who was one of the founders of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and is also a realtor, was chosen to represent the environmental community on the steering committee. Carson praised Ashby for her “extraordinary organizational skills.”

Charlie MacArthur, a young businessman who also has insight into the regulatory influences on housing in his role as chairman of the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, was a popular choice for at-large community member.

Housing Authority Executive Director Jason Peasley advocated for the application of Vivianna Loya, who is a receptionist at Routt County and a resident of the Hillside Village Apartments (owned and managed by the Housing Authority) as a representative of people who benefit from affordable housing.

Peasley said Loya is interested in representing people “who struggle to make it here,” is bilingual and is willing to speak her mind.

Board member Trish Sullivan, who is vice president of human resources at the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., advocated for Soniya Fidler, chief HR director at Yampa Valley Medical Center, for the business representative on the steering committee. Sullivan said Fidler works with a broad range of employees at the hospital, from cooks to nurses, and understands their varying housing needs. Fidler was also described as someone who responds promptly to employee issues and handles them, “very professionally.”

Another HR director, Karen Goedert of One Steamboat Place, was selected to represent the resort sector, and veteran building contractor Tom Fox was chosen to represent the development community.

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