Affordable housing initiative gains council approval

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American dream becomes more of a reality for Los Alamos residents

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos County Council made a move to make home ownership more in reach for a greater number of local residents.
At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council approved the affordable housing program.
“The county has been working on affordable housing for several years and it’s one of the council’s goals,” Vice Council Chair Sharon Stover told the Monitor Wednesday, “and Steve Brugger (housing and special projects manager) has done a phenomenal job working on this. (This is) just one of the stages of the affordable housing program and it is something that our community has needed. It’s going to be for a variety of folks. The program is diverse enough to meet different people’s needs.”
Brugger added, “I think for low income households it can be difficult to borrow money and even to have money saved to do necessary improvements.”
To help out, the affordable housing program will assist with three types of housing rehabilitation activities: emergency repairs to correct an immediate threat to health, safety and welfare, repairs needed to bring a housing unit up to county code compliance and conservation efforts to reduce gas and electric consumption as well as to reduce operating costs.

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