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Housing Trust’s anniversary is something for all to celebrate

The Park Record Editorial, June 22-25, 2013

If you are a business owner who relies on a seasonal workforce, you have probably referred potential employees to Mountainlands Community Housing Trust’s web site, housinghelp.org, in hopes that they will find a nearby affordable place to live.

And, if you have ever been a newcomer trying to gain a foothold in the community, or a young family hoping to find a safe place to raise your kids, you likely checked out the listings on that web site, too.

Perhaps you attended one of its classes on mortgage financing or participated in its mutual self-help program that allowed you to work off part of the cost of your first home.

Lastly, if you recently lost your home during the recession, or had to leave a violent domestic situation, you might have turned to the same organization, MCHT, for emergency housing.

Whatever the situation, for the last 20 years MCHT has been the glue that has helped keep our community together.

During the city’s rapid pre- and post-Olympic growth spurts, when businesses were strapped for employees and worker housing was practically nonexistent, MCHT’s visionary leaders created alliances, found investors and brokered complex real estate agreements that made several low-cost housing projects possible.

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Then, when the recession clamped its icy grip on the real estate industry, forcing many families into foreclosure, MCHT expanded its programs to include transitional housing and stepped up its efforts to connect local employees with housing they could afford.

It is hard to overstate the importance of what MCHT has done for Park City and the surrounding communities in Summit and Wasatch counties. It has made it possible for the resorts and other service-oriented businesses to hire and retain valuable employees, and has allowed policemen, firemen and teachers to live within the communities they serve. It has also created a safety net that has made our neighborhoods more resilient in times of prosperity and economic downturns.

On Monday, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley Resort. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by and learn a little more about this invaluable organization and its contributions to your community. Or just drop in and say thanks for a job well done.