Letter to the editor: The Grand County Rural Health Network supports 6A and here’s why | SkyHiNews.com

Letter to the editor: The Grand County Rural Health Network supports 6A and here’s why

The Grand County Rural Health Network supports 6A. One of the biggest barriers to the health of our community is a lack of safe, stable, affordable homes.

The Fraser River Valley Housing Partnership is modeled after best practices, like Yampa Valley Housing Authority. A similar mill levy was the tipping point to allow them to build new affordable developments every year or two.

6A provides the most stable, recession-proof income and is a starting point to address the need for safe, stable, affordable homes collaboratively. 6A dollars will pay for administrative personnel to manage the partnership and its projects, including acquiring state grants, federal grants and matching funds. This regional partnership removes competition locally. The partnership is also governed by community members, not elected officials. These are your peers who volunteer their time to ensure accountability and transparency of the work and funding.

Like many partners, our nonprofit struggles to recruit and retain quality staff due to housing, which impacts our services. We are not alone in these struggles.

Stress directly impacts individual health. Seventy-six percent of people say their stress has been reduced by living in local deed-restricted housing. Access to safe, stable homes improves mental health.

We know that health is more than just healthcare. 6A is for everyone, all age groups and all demographics. It impacts our entire community. Think of what you appreciate about this community. Going to your favorite restaurant where they greet you by name. Friendly smiles from the grocery store worker you see weekly. Your kids’ teachers, devoted to a healthy, happy educational experience for all kids. 6A will help our community’s workers get safe, stable, affordable housing. It is for all of us!

Join us in supporting 6A. We are healthier together.

Jen Fanning,
Executive director, Grand County Rural Health Network

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