McCall plans to bring in a new government agency to work on local housing

The McCall Area Local Housing Action Plan was presented to City Council and with it came the request for a new government agency.

The newly proposed government agency, the McCall Area Housing Authority, would be responsible for meeting housing needs. The housing authority would manage and stock local housing, develop and purchase land for housing, raise funds and issue bonds, work on the action plan, and educate and communicate with the community.

It was noted that the housing authority would cover the McCall area, not just the town of McCall.

“It’s to avoid any history related to the form of regional efforts and to really offer geographically targeted services. Using the McCall area instead of just the town of McCall recognizes the regional nature of housing and does not preclude it from expanding as needed or providing services to other areas or communities in the county and region said Navigate’s Christine Walker during the presentation.

Walker said they had heard that the West Central Mountains Housing Trust can recover. The Housing Trust is a non-profit organization that helps create and preserve affordable housing in the mid-west mountain region. It was pointed out that the housing trust is a not-for-profit organization and would be a government agency. The idea would be to ensure that these organizations work in a cohesive manner.

The Housing Authority and Housing Trust would provide unique ways to help local housing. The authority would have the power to manage and develop rental and home ownership products, it could bind to access cash quickly and take on long-term debt. While the Housing Trust uses the national model, the Community Land Trust, which holds land in trust to ensure affordability.

The group working on the action plan looked to other communities to get an idea of ​​the cost of starting up the housing authority. The figure they came up with was $250,000, which would cover the hiring of a community leader, office space, outreach, technical assistance, and other associated costs.