Mountain town struggles with gentrification

Methow住房信托在华盛顿州农村建立实惠的家园

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Feb.二月20, 2022 09:00 AM

An illustration of the Methow Housing Trust (Methow Housing Trust)

远程工作ers hefting six-figure salaries from big cities to small towns across the West have led to skyrocketing home prices — and fewer affordable homes for locals.

The housing crisis in the remote Methow Valley in north central Washington state was so severe that civic leaders came up with a novel solution, the Seattle Times reported. They launched a community land trust to help middle-class residents afford a home.

Like many other Western mountain towns such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Sun Valley, Idaho, a string of small towns along the Methow River faced a daunting shortage of affordable homes because of growing gentrification.

第二家房主和偏远工人从西雅图等大都市地区搬迁,从2016年的270万美元推出了270,000美元的中位房价达到500,000美元,没有目光。

小企业所有者和员工被争先恐后地争夺了实惠的挖掘。

Twenty-seven-year-old Molly Starcher, who had opened a bakery in the town of Winthrop, struggled for years to find a decent home. She house sat, lived out of her car, even turned a shed into a tiny house with no running water. Finally she landed a small one-bedroom apartment for $900 a month, the newspaper reported.

Jonathan Baker runsEQPD., a small manufacturer of reusable bags that provides year-round jobs paying $17 to $20 per hour. The company has seen sales double in the past two years, but can’t find the labor to grow the business.Wage workers cannot afford housingnearby.

“I could buy an extra sewing machine but I don’t have the person to put behind it,” Baker told the Times. “I’ve narrowed down the problem. It isn’t the pay. The housing doesn’t exist or it’s only available for three months. We need something other than single-family homes. We need apartments.”

For some, the answer may lie in the Methow Housing Trust, a community land trust formed in 2017 in the wake of a wildfire that torched 350 homes.

The trust has built 21 homes in the Methow Valley, with two 8-acre parcels currently under development. Its goal is tobuild 70 new homes到十年结束时。信托回家的候补名单每年翻了一番,现在矗立在40个家庭。

The catch? Buyers don’t own the land underneath — the trust does.

每家买家保证每年升值1.5%,远低于开放市场的两位数同比价格增长。在交换中,每个房子都会对未来的买家负担得起。

Thirty-four-year-old Chris Moore, a cross-country ski instructor, and his partner Keri earn in the high $50,000s, about 120 percent of area median income. They were able to buy a trust home for $160,000.

(由Methow住房信托提供)

“我们希望维持一个综合社区,”Methow住房信托执行董事Danica准备好了。“如果你在这里工作,你应该能够住在这里。我们不想在杰克逊洞里乘公共汽车。“

[ST]——达纳巴塞洛缪





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