Action and Advocacy rethink affordable housing

Action and Advocacy rethinks housing
Action and Advocacy rethinks housing(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Nov. 6, 2022 at 8:12 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - When looking at the affordable housing question, the answer is, well, muddy.

Members of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Action and Advocacy committee meeting Tuesday looked at possibly redefining low-income and workforce housing to better fit the needs of Wyoming’s housing shortage.

Committee members focused on housing Tuesday, looking at where they may be missing from the bigger “housing picture.”

They spoke of the current surplus of housing units being built that are lying empty.

And how there is a need for workforce housing, but that income brackets may put applicants far above or below where they need to be to qualify for programs.

They also want to examine how rising interest rates affect folks’ bottom line for housing.

" So one of the most interesting parts today was what does it mean to have affordable housing. I think it means something different to a lot of different folks, and we need to get our arms around some of what our goals are in housing,” said Dale Steenbergen, President and CEO of the Greater Chamber of Commerce of Cheyenne.

The next Action and Advocacy meeting are scheduled for the second Tuesday of December.