July 1, 2015

     With over thirty-eight years of service to the Western Slope of Colorado, first as The Energy Office, and now as Housing Resources of Western Colorado (HRWC), this exemplary NeighborWorks organization headquartered in Grand Junction has a track record that includes:

    - Self-Help Build completion of 353 owner-built homes since 1995; a program in which families put in “sweat equity” as down payment for their new homes. Families who participate put in 65% of the construction labor, with qualified supervision, on each others’ homes. The labor that families contribute reduces the cost of each home, and upon completion, homeowners move in simultaneously, with a bond created by their mutual self-help.

    - Weatherization of existing homes for both owner-occupants and tenants in a twelve county area on the Western Slope. Participants in this program are income qualified, and the free services provided include additional insulation and weatherstripping, replacement refrigerators, windows, storm doors, and other measures as necessary to help reduce energy usage and improve comfort. Since 1989, HRWC has weatherized 7,728 homes, with savings to clients for the program year-2014-2015-of $85,600.

    - Our Re-Hab program helps income qualified homeowners upgrade their homes with licensed contractors. Since 1991, HRWC has overseen repairs including new roofs, furnaces, window replacements, and handicapped accessible modifications on 244 homes, saving those home-owners money on utility bills and making their lives more comfortable.  With the expansion of this program, HRWC is pleased to provide these services to homeowners of Garfiled County.

    - Our Property Management program manages 184 affordable housing units in Mesa County; 176 of these are multifamily (duplex & apartment style), and 8 are single family homes. HRWC also partners with Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley to provide transitional housing for formerly homeless veterans at the Phoenix Project.

     Despite the lingering recession on the Western Slope, HRWC continues to support our mission of providing affordable housing, and promoting the wise and sustainable use of resources throughout our region.  The Board of Directors is extremely proud of the history and accomplishments of HRWC and we feel confident that Housing Resources of Western Colorado will continue to be a vital, successful organization providing much-needed services for families throughout our service area.

     We appreciate your continued support of our programs and our mission.

Sincerely,

Peter A. Robinson,
Board President