GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) —Grand Junction housing constraints were a big concern at last night’s Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education meeting.

Grand Junction has a housing shortage. The need is greater than the supply, which means that some people can’t find housing at all and others are paying more than they should for their house.

Last night the Grand Junction Affordable Housing Committee presented its findings on the housing shortage in this area. Market forces are causing a constriction of the market, making it harder for people to find housing. The committee told the audience the only people who can ‘afford’ lower-income bracket housing are those who have higher incomes.

Emily Powell, the Executive Director of Housing in Mesa County, and Ashley Chambers, the Housing Manager of The City of Grand Junction delivered the presentation.

The D51 Housing Committee followed up their presentation with two asks:

  1. $10,000 to distribute a survey to all employee groups in the Mesa County School District asking — what are the housing needs?
  2. A commitment to allocate the Hawthrone property to Affordable housing

There is no question as to whether or not Grand Junction needs more housing. According to Chambers, the city must produce roughly 570 units yearly to meet current population growth. That number does not account for anybody moving to Grand Junction. Unfortunately, as Chambers explains, the city has met this goal “maybe a handful of times in the last 30 years.”

The committee’s proposed survey aims to determine what type of housing is needed.

Board members are working on putting this proposal into the agenda. We’ll be sure to update you on the proposal’s progress.