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Ask the Contractor: What does ‘affordable housing’ mean to you?

Daniel Cutter and Lorenzo Rangel of North Line Roofing work on a home in the Highlands Ranch subdivision of Chino Valley on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Les Stukenberg/Tribune file)

Daniel Cutter and Lorenzo Rangel of North Line Roofing work on a home in the Highlands Ranch subdivision of Chino Valley on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Les Stukenberg/Tribune file)

There is constant talk about “affordable housing” in our area. I would love to hear from our readers and your thoughts on what affordable housing means to you. Is that public housing, low income housing, workforce housing? What role should our Jurisdictions play in creating sustainable communities?

Definition: Affordable housing refers to housing units that are affordable by that section of society whose income is below the median household income.

Description: Though different countries have different definitions for affordable housing, it is largely the same, i.e. affordable housing should address the housing needs of the lower- or middle-income households. Affordable housing becomes a key issue especially in developing nations where a majority of the population isn’t able to buy houses at the market price. Is that what is happening here in Yavapai County – our workforce cannot afford homes?

Do we need specialized housing to serve a range of housing needs for individuals, families, seniors, students and veterans, to the formerly homeless, those with special needs and other at-risk groups?

What does an economically sustainable community mean to you? Will housing help our area attract and retain talent? Do we need more large-scale master planned developments or stand-alone affordable housing? Again, what does affordable mean for our area?

Does our area need to coordinate housing, transportation and land use policy to develop livable communities for a badly needed workforce? What are some of the growing challenges that you feel identify the growth situation we are faced with? Do we even have a problem?

I feel that as a community member we need civic engagement and participation processes that draw on the collective wisdom, creativity and experience of the talent we have living in our area. How do we leverage ideas to better understand needed requirements, strengths, weaknesses and limitations that we have in our communities to make them more sustainable.

In closing, our area needs, in maintaining housing options, to meet a variety of incomes and mobility needs. We need quality livable communities, but this is definitely a challenge. I would love to hear from you. Please call 928-778-0040 or send an e-mail to

There is a Viable Housing presentation Thursday, Aug. 8, at Yavapai College – Prescott Community Room. 7:30 a.m. It is free. The discussion will center around the role housing plays in having a sustainable community. This discussion is presented by Central Arizona Partnership. The panelists are: Allison Mendibles, M&I Windows; Brain Riley, State Bank of AZ; David Tharp, Central Arizona Fire & Medical; Greg Vogel, AZ Land Advisors. The Moderator is Mark Stapp, ASU, W.P. Carey School of Business. Hope to see many of you there. Have a lovely week.

Remember to tune in to YCCA’s Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM, 95.5 FM or the web at Listen to Sandy and Mike talk about the construction industry meet your local community partners and so much more. What a great way to start your weekend.

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