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Affordable Housing: The Locals’ Cost of Living
Summit County offers challenges to attainable housing that larger population centers don’t face. The tourism industry requires a large number of seasonal workers as well as full time permanent workers, thus the need for all types of housing, from ownership to employee and long-term rental housing (3 months or more).
The industry also creates a diverse employment base of additional industries: retail, housing, utilities, public transportation, personal care, health, education, local government, finance, entertainment and social services, all of which help sustain the primary industry of tourism.
The most common way to keep housing affordable is by creating deed restrictions. Deed restrictions limit how much a property appreciates and keep second-homeowners away by requiring that home buyers work and live in their community year-round.
Summit County has formed an incredible Housing Authority to meet locals’ needs, Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA). They are an wonderful resource for assisting locals with home buyer education, down payment assistance and home rehabilitation loans.
There are several affordable housing neighborhoods in the area. The newest is in the Valley Brook neighborhood north of Valley Brook Road to Coyne Valley Road, off Airport Road. This subdivision includes a mix of housing types including small single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, condominiums and townhomes. Parks and trails along the Blue River have been designed to meet the needs of local families and employees. This neighborhood is a model for energy conservation and sustainable development practices.
Contact your Broker/Partner to learn more about affordable housing in the area or visit www.summithousing.us.