The City of Alamosa commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment and Action Plan to understand current housing conditions, and work towards solutions to address the housing challenges that people in the community are facing. The assessment took a comprehensive look at current housing conditions and the factors that are shaping the housing market. From that assessment, the Action Plan that focuses on solutions was created.
While the City and its partners are working on putting the action plan into motion, there are resources within these pages for those who might find them beneficial.
Local, state, and federal organizations helping community members with various housing needs
SLV HOUSING COALITION
ALAMOSA HOUSING AUTHORITY
SLV BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
IMMIGRATION RESOURCE CENTER
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERAP)
Tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by Covid-19 may be eligible for rental assistance from their county or the state. The Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can help cover rent as far back as April 2020. Help can include past due, current, and two additional months of rent up to a maximum of 15 months of assistance.
The SLVHC has been dedicated in its efforts to bring safe and affordable housing to our Valley residents through the programs offered including: Home Rehabilitation (REHAB), Down Payment Assistance (DPA), Affordable housing.
Alamosa Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
Offers a comprehensive array of useful services including: Prevention and intervention programs to mental health outpatient, Addiction treatment services, and Judicial and offender services. Specific behavioral health services include: Crisis intervention, Psychiatric, Mental health outpatient services, and Substance abuse treatment. We also offer supportive services such as housing and client and family resources.
The San Luis Valley Immigrant resource Center is a safe place for people to come and address immigration related questions and needs. The center provides services in an area where no other aid is available. IRC’s services are non-governmental, confidential, and minimum fee based. Programs include: Language assistance, Counseling services, Victims Assistance, Rehousing, and Legal Assistance.
La Puente has the following programs to support the community:Adelante Family Resource Center, Crisis Prevention Resources, Food Bank Network, PALS Children's Program, ReThreads, Rural Outreach, Shelter, Social Enterprises, Street Outreach, VEGI Garden Program, Volunteer Coordination, St. Benedicts Campsite
Families and individuals in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:
- The applicant’s level of need.
- Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
- Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.
Affordable Housing Information
Housing Resources for Developers
Are you interested in building affordable housing?
You are encouraged to contact the Alamosa Development Services Department for information either by submitting a response through the form below, or if you prefer, please call us at (719) 589-6631 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)
For the past several years, the City of Alamosa has been investing into plans and strategies to help inform policies and goals in order to promote economic development, quality residential growth, and general improvements for the protection of the quality of life for the city’s residents and businesses. In 2017, the City of Alamosa completed the Comprehensive Plan, which resulted in the new Unified Development Code and spawned the Downtown Plan. While these plans addressed the need for housing as it relates to economic development, and there is broad agreement that the issue should be addressed, since no specific strategy currently exists. The City of Alamosa has not historically played a role in housing and is currently working on developing this expertise. Therefore, this assessment and plan are extremely important to guide the City’s priorities moving forward.
The City of Alamosa commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment and Action Plan in 2020 to understand current housing conditions and work towards solutions to address the housing challenges that people in the community are facing. The first part, the Assessment, takes a comprehensive look at current housing conditions and the factors that are shaping the housing market, such as demographics, the economy, and the housing market. Other insight was gained by an employer and stakeholder survey. The Assessment was completed in January 2021.
The next phase of the work is the Action Plan, which will focus on solutions. With an array of potential actions, the best strategies to address the Housing Needs Assessment findings and community priorities as identified through public survey responses will be compiled into a toolkit. The final action plan will include the housing toolkit, potential implementation strategies and the top 10 action steps in order to address housing shortfalls.