The growing scarcity of affordable housing in Western Slope communities, including Pagosa Springs, is straining the comfort and security of hard-working families that keep rural mountain communities and local charm alive.
A report commissioned by Housing Solutions for the Southwest and the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments highlights a 213% change in cost-burdened renters who pay more than 30% of their income for housing between 2010-2019 in Archuleta County. The report also indicates an increase in median home sales outpacing the income of permanent residents across the region. These trends make it difficult for everyday people to live and work in the mountain communities they love.
In particular, beautiful Pagosa Springs has always been a desirable destination to live, work, and play. However, it’s no secret the area’s housing market is a hot topic for discussion and presents its own unique set of challenges. The urgency to find solutions to the rising costs of living was further accelerated with the arrival of the pandemic in 2020 so, The Springs Resort made it a top priority to take action and support their associates by finding comfortable and affordable places for them to live.