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Chaffee Housing Trust Timeline

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A Strong Foundation

Chaffee Housing 

2007: Incorporated as Chaffee County Community Land Trust, later changed to Chaffee Housing Trust.

2008: Community Board formed, contract director hired, Bylaws developed and approved, successful 501(c)(3) status with IRS, client intake services established.

2009: Full-time Executive Director hired, Community Housing Development

Organization (CHDO) status attained, first project planned with pre-development and financing, grant funds pursued from foundations and Div. of Housing.

2010: Local fundraising increased, Crestone Heights project ready, seeking buyers.


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A Resilent Rebound

2011:  Great recession freezes financing, project halted, organization goes dormant.

2016 : CHT revitalized, Board re-formed, public engagement re-ignited, volunteer staff.

2017: E.D. re-hired part-time, client intake renewed, CHDO status re-established. CHT plays active role in local Housing Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC).


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A Vision Made Real

2018:  Land donated, Old Stage Road Rowhouses (OSRR) at Two Rivers construction begins with local financing, project grants.

2018: Buyers with mortgages approved, under contract, outreach, and engagement expanded into Lake County / Leadville.

2019: OSRR completed, 6 units sold, 2 rented to low-income households! 

2019: Mortgage products established with USDA and local High Country Bank. Colorado Health Foundation provides Program-Related Investment (PRI) funds and grants. First CHT buyer in The Farm at Buena Vista closes. CHT continues to build organizational capacity. First homeowners join the Board of Directors.

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2020:  Lot in River Ridge in Salida purchased, pre-development completed, client services ramp up with hiring of full-time bilingual Homeownership Program Manager. Intern hired.


2020: Two AmeriCorps VISTA’s hired, contract accounting and bookkeeping staff engaged, 3 new homes in The Farm added to the portfolio. Salida City-owned M&3rd land donated.

2021: Part-time Project Manager hired, River Ridge underway (8 homes), M&3rd planning continues, other project opportunities come to CHT indicating future growth potential.

2022: River Ridge completed & sold out, M&3rd under construction, first project in Leadville - 12 new homes in the Railyard, Promotora hired, new position open.

To date:  21 homeowners, 2 rentals.     Coming soon: 24 new homes in 3 new projects

An Expanding CHT
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