While several counties and municipalities in the region have conducted independent Housing Needs Assessments (HNAs) in recent years, this report is unique in its attempt to synthesize workforce housing needs at the regional level,
Furthermore, recognizing Region 10’s role as a resource and an advisory body for local economic development, the scope of this report is focused on workforce housing needs and solutions to support local employers and employees. The HNAs which have emerged from Region 10 communities and counties in recent years provide evidence of a widespread deficit of affordable workforce housing. This report seeks to evaluate present and future county-level housing needs and strategies in the context of a highly regionalized workforce.
With these findings and recommendations, we hope to help & serve communities in Region 10 by better understanding the scale of housing needs and identifying opportunities to support a vibrant and diverse workforce through regional collaboration and housing development partnerships.
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Meet Trish Thibodo
Community Development Director
From city dweller to rural advocate, Trish has a breadth of experience that has landed her at the forefront of community development. For 30 years she has been working with local nonprofits and state government in developing and sustaining vibrant communities across the U.S. Recognized statewide for her insights and strategies that helped Delta County mitigate the negative economic impact of local coal mine closures, the State of Colorado tapped Trish to oversee two of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) statewide rural programs.
In 2019, Trish joined Region 10 as its Community Development Director and now spearheads teams to identify local challenges and implement projects to create solutions in the six-county area, including Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. Trish holds a Masters of Arts degree from Northern Colorado University in Greeley.