The Taos Housing Partnership has unveiled a three-year housing roadmap plan to increase access to housing for locals in the Taos area.
The plan details various strategies to address the lack of affordable housing options for Taos area residents. The plan was created in conjunction with consultants who conducted outreach, and stakeholder interviews in the Taos region. and it will provide strategies and activities to bridge the gap, moving forward.
“The report is a comprehensive framework that outlines how we can address the housing crisis, with specific recommendations related to homebuyer education, mortgage assistance programs, and community advocacy and outreach activities” said Executive Director of the Taos Housing Partnership Lisa M. O’Brien. “Community engagement and local investment is crucial to create sustainable solutions and funding sources. THP is excited to lead the implementation of this work, and will be continuing to facilitate partnerships across all sectors. There is a role for everyone in the community to assist in this effort,” O’Brien added.
The roadmap was formally adopted by the THP Board of Directors in partnership with community leaders and elected officials from the Town of Taos and Taos County, who have been part of the visionary team since 2022.
“I am happy to see this document come to fruition,” stated Town of Taos Mayor Maestas. “The recommendations made in this report will need continued collaboration and partnership to take them off the page and into reality, and all parties continue to work together toward this common goal. THP has provided an excellent framework and action plan toward meeting our housing goals for Taos.”
Additionally, while the plan was not formally adopted, THP created the opportunity to award both grant and technical assistance to housing ideas that may need assistance to get closer to being shovel-ready projects.
County Manager Brent Jaramillo, who has been part of the leadership team from the beginning, noted, “Taos County is committed to this partnership with THP. The need for more housing options in our community is imperative. We continue to see the demands on our working families, which impacts employer retention as well as recruitment for vacant or new positions.”
The public is invited to review the 3-year Recommended Housing Roadmap, and learn about technical assistance at their website: taoshousingpartnership.org. See the roadmap plan here: https://taoshousingpartnership.org/initiatives