Affordable Housing Topic of Meeting

Attendees sit grouped in tables at the meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Attendees sit grouped in tables at the meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Affordable housing is a hot topic in Sheridan right now.

Amy Albrecht, who's the director of the Center for a Vital Community, said there's a lot of amazing work going on around the issue in the community, and she wasn't looking for any solutions to come out of a meeting held Thursday afternoon in downtown Sheridan.

Albrecht said that wasn't the purpose of the meeting.

Albrecht said the goal is to have people understand what it looks like to have difficult conversations in a way that's safe, constructive and meaningful. She said the meeting wasn't to look for solutions but to talk about the issue.

Cathi Kindt, who was a facilitator at the meeting, said she thinks there needs to be conversations about what is affordable housing and what it means to the community in terms of bringing in businesses and workforce.

County Commissioner Steve Maier said the county has always had the issue of housing that people can afford in the middle and lower economic classes.

Albrecht said the city, the county, SEEDA and different economic development organizations are all currently looking very hard at the issue of affordable housing in Sheridan. She said many people confuse affordable housing with subsidized housing, and the two aren't the same.

She said the question is whether someone can afford to live in Sheridan in a safe, clean, reliable location.

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Amy Albrecht brings out more chairs to accommodate the number of people attending. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Amy Albrecht brings out more chairs to accommodate the number of people attending. (Photo by Pat Blair)
City Councilman Alex Lee was among those attending. (Photo by Pat Blair)
City Councilman Alex Lee was among those attending. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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