Housing Solutions Roundtable
The Tri-State Housing Solutions Roundtable started taking shape within Peer Learning Network discussions in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Leaders in these discussions recognized they share common issues related to workforce housing availability, housing attainability for low and middle income residents, rising homelessness and the need to ensure development is community oriented.
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Full Housing Solutions Roundtable Recording
Housing Solutions Roundtable recording outline with timestamps
Keynote and Solutions Speaker Start Times:
JENN LOPEZ with intro by Lorie Higgins begins: 16:45
Project Moxie is a Durango-based affordable housing and homelessness strategy consultancy firm specializing in strategic planning across the housing continuum. Project Moxie also provides pre-development services for nonprofits, local governments, and organizations at all stages of the development process. Project Moxie was launched in 2018 by its President, Jenn Lopez, and is based on her more than two decades of experience working in housing and homelessness programming. Jenn brings significant experience as well in affordable housing finance and program development to her work with local communities.
BART COCHRAN with intro by Erik Kingston begins: 51:54
LEAP Housing is an Idaho nonprofit devoted to creative affordable housing solutions. In addition to founding and operating LEAP, Bart is a licensed REALTOR® and CEO of Property People, a local real estate company. His experience is evident in LEAP’s creative housing programs for those often excluded from housing opportunities: Welcome Housing, a transitional housing program for refugees; Yes You Can, a program focused on homebuyers with barriers to homeownership; Windy Court I & II, the first net zero affordable housing development in Idaho (built from shipping containers through a partnership with a B-Corp Builder); Caritas Commons, Boise’s largest affordable homeownership project in over 25 years (and the Treasure Valley’s first community land trust); and LEAP ROC, an affiliate of ROC USA, which converts manufactured housing parks into resident-owned communities. Bart graduated from the University of Idaho where he served as Student Body President. He was named by the Idaho Business Review as a Top 40 Under 40 in his 20s, and lives in Northwest Boise with his wife and son on a tiny farm.
Michelle introducing solutions speakers: 1:26:36
Robin Adams: 1:27:13
Robin Adams of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (Red Lodge, MT) discussed a partnership among the Community Foundation, Altana Federal Credit Union, Helena Area Habitat for Humanity and Trust Montana on an owner-built housing project that will bring 12 permanently affordable homes to people working in the Red Lodge area. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele Groenevelt: 1:33:30
Michelle Groenevelt, City of McCall (McCall, ID) spoke about McCall’s housing incentives, deed restriction program and other efforts to ensure affordable rental housing for local workers.
Mike Scholl: 1:41:49
Mike Scholl of Ayres Associates (Fort Collins, CO) talked about housing approaches that work in rural areas, with an emphasis on stories from Wyoming communities. His email is SchollM@AyresAssociates.com
Julie Stiteler: 1:52:06
Julie Stiteler of Homeword (Missoula, MT) presented on the conversion of the historic Livingston Memorial Hospital in Livingston, Montana, to Bluebunch Flats, a 37-unit rental property. Her email is Julie@homeword.org
Jed Nebel: 2:04:49
Jed Nebel, Town of Lovell, (Lovell, WY) shared Lovell’s experience completing Wyoming’s community-driven Code Audit process. His email is email@example.com
Missy White: 2:09:51
Missy White, Lander City Council, (Lander, WY) discussed Lander’s Code Audit review and efforts to make recommended housing ordinance changes. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Macy Miller: 2:17:00
Macy Miller, MiniMotives.com (Moscow, ID) spoke about building tiny homes and the policies that promote small space dwellings. Her email is email@example.com
Find the solutions stories with additional details and clickable links in the full PDF of the Housing Solutions Peer Learning Guide and Toolkit, also linked at the top of the page.