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APCHA (APP-sha) is the acronym for the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. The APCHA program provides affordable housing to full-time or seasonal employees who could not otherwise afford to own or rent a home in Pitkin County. APCHA is different than most housing authorities because you must be an employee of Pitkin County to reside in our housing. Programs such as Section 8 are administered by the Garfield County Housing Authority, 970-625-3589.
All full-time employees working in Pitkin County, who meet the income and asset guidelines. We define full time as working 1500 hours per calendar year, roughly 30 hours weekly for the full year or 40 hours weekly for nine months. Qualifying.
Approximately two-thirds of APCHA’s revenues are generated by application, property management, and sales fees; however, one-third of its total annual operating budget is funded through a shared annual subsidy by the City of Aspen and Pitkin County. The City funds its subsidy from one or both of its dedicated housing funding sources, a Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) and a small portion of sales tax. Whereas the County allocates dollars out of its General Fund to fund its half of the subsidy.
APCHA’s inventory includes winter seasonal and year-round rentals. In addition, there are also units available to purchase. There are over 2900 units including 1346 rentals and 1619 sales units. View the Housing Inventory.
Yes, during the winter season only at Marolt Ranch, Burlingame and Aspen Highlands. Marolt and Burlingame open September 1st of every year and close April 30th. These units are not available in the summer as they are used by the Aspen Music School.
There are studios, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units in our inventory. Most rentals are owned and managed by separate entities or individuals. APCHA staff manages approximately 247 year-round rentals. Renting.
Call the numbers for the various apartment complexes that are not managed by APCHA. Check the APCHA website or the classified section of the Aspen Daily News for APCHA managed properties. Ask your employer if they know of any housing available. Network – rentals are rarely advertised – most are found through word of mouth. Check the local newspapers Aspen Daily News and Aspen Times or call a property management company.
The process is different depending on if you are interested in renting or buying. Applications for rentals are not accepted until you have been offered a unit at a specific property. Applications to purchase a property can be submitted at any time. Both applications require certain documents and have a fee. You must gather all the documentation listed on the application checklist before you can apply.
You will be expected to provide tax returns, including all the pages and schedules. Extensions are not accepted. The returns will be scrutinized for unreimbursed employee business expenses, self-employment business losses and signs of fraud, such as reported income that doesn't match your W-2s. You'll be required to sign IRS Form 4506-T, which allows APCHA to get a transcript of the tax return from the IRS. APCHA will get the transcript of your tax return straight from the IRS and compare it with the copy of the return that you provided as part of our fraud prevention efforts.
Yes, three buildings at Truscott Place allow pets (one cat or one dog). When a unit becomes available at an APCHA managed property it is listed in the Aspen Daily News and on APCHA Renting. The Centennial Apartments also allow pets in the 100 and 200 Nicholas Lane buildings.
We do not have lawyers on staff. Free or discounted legal advice can be obtained by calling 800-521-6968 or Alpine Legal Services at 970-920-3032.
All full-time year-round employees in Pitkin County who meet the income and asset guidelines are qualified. The household cannot own other residential property in the Ownership Exclusion Zone. Priority is given to applicants who have worked four consecutive years to date in Pitkin County and meet the minimum occupancy requirements. Qualifying for an Ownership Unit.
View listings on our web site. Not all employee housing is listed through the APCHA office. Some “Resident Occupied” homes can be sold by the owner or through a Realtor..
Priority is given to "minimum occupancy", which is one person per bedroom. The 3-bedroom sales units give priority to households of a least 3 people with at least one dependent. Some “Resident Occupied” homes do not have minimum occupancy requirements.
First - highest bid without going over the asking price. Second - minimum occupancy (one person per bedroom). Third - seniority, those who have worked for at least the past four consecutive years. Ownership Lottery.
APCHA does not offer financing. You need to contact a lender. Most of the units we sell can be obtained with 3% to 5% down - your lender will determine the amount of loan you qualify for and the down payment required. APCHA highly recommends using someone from our list of lenders (PDF) who are familiar with deed restricted housing.
Following these rules will help make the loan process a smooth one.
Yes. To keep the units affordable to future buyers. Appreciation on our units usually is 3% or the change in Consumer Price Index whichever is less.
The APCHA Guidelines have detailed information about employee housing.
For most properties, yes, although there are a few “Resident Occupied” homes can be sold by the owner or through a Realtor.
An owner should contact APCHA to review the specific deed restriction to determine the maximum sales price permitted and all other applicable provisions concerning the sale. The process takes approximately 10-12 weeks.
The first step to list your Employee Housing unit for sale is to complete the Seller's Listing Checklist (PDF), and the Seller's Property Disclosure (PDF). Please also include copies of receipts for any capital improvements you may have completed, minutes of your most recent HOA meeting, and the current HOA budget. Once your paperwork is complete, please contact the Sales Manager at 970-920-5054 for an appointment. Please provide the above paperwork to the Sales Manager at least 1-1/2 weeks before the open house.
APCHA acts as a Transaction Broker representing both Buyer and Seller and is responsible for preparing documents pertaining to the sale. APCHA advertises on the APCHA website and in our office. There is an initial two-week bid period with one open house (held on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) for each property. The bid period ends on the Wednesday after the second week of advertising promptly at 4 p.m. The lottery is held on the Monday following the end of bid period at noon, unless there is a holiday. The total sales fee is 2% of the sales price including $600 to be paid at listing and the remainder to be paid at closing (unless specified otherwise by deed restriction). Please consult your deed restriction and the APCHA guidelines for additional information.
Information on who the current board members are, and what seat they hold is available on the Current Board Members page.
When there is an opening on the Board, one must be nominated by the governing body that holds that seat (either the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, or both). For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
APCHA (APP-sha) is the acronym for the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
No. The APCHA program provides affordable housing to full-time or seasonal employees who could not otherwise afford to own or rent a home in Pitkin County. However, APCHA is not a low-income housing program, it is a workforce housing program. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Yes. For more information, please visit the Aspen School District website.
Cats are allowed. No dogs, except actual service dogs. Any Buyer with an ESA will need to submit their ESA letter to Aspen Village’s attorney for verification. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Different lenders offer different programs and rates. Some programs may work better for you than others, dependent on your credit rating, down payment, income and other factors. Speaking to different lenders and comparing rates and programs can help you find the lender and loan that are right for you; just be sure to not have your credit score pulled repeatedly, as that can negatively impact your credit score. For additional information on choosing the best mortgage for you, check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s loan toolkit (PDF).
APCHA encourages Buyers to work with a local lender, as many lenders outside the RF Valley do not work with deed-restricted housing or with APCHA’s program in particular. APCHA offers a list of local lenders (PDF) who have done loans on APCHA properties and who understand APCHA’s program.
The Guidelines change periodically throughout the year dependent on policy initiatives, annual updates to figures, and/or changes to the circumstances pertaining to a policy. Guideline changes are made public through local media outlets and the APCHA website and social media sites. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Unless otherwise stated in the official Resolution language, APCHA Guideline changes go into effect immediately after being approved by the APCHA Board of Directors and getting through the City of Aspen City Council and Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners call-up processes. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
There are so many moving pieces to the buying and owning process - lending, inspection, title work, insurance, maintaining your home, being part of an HOA. We want you to be informed, successful home buyers and home owners. Many lenders now also require HUD-approved homebuyer education as part of the lending approval process. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Yes, however there may be a limit to the number of pets an occupant can have. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
No, it is in the Basalt School District. For more information, please visit the Basalt School District website.
Yes! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and questions
Anyone employed or who will be employed no later than December 15, 2017, within Pitkin County can rent a unit. Pitkin County includes Snowmass Village. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Persons owning improved residential property within the OEZ, residing in deed-restricted housing prior to May 1, 1994, will be allowed to retain ownership of that residential property and still be eligible to reside in that specific deed-restricted unit. However, once the residential property is sold, the person residing in said deed-restricted unit may not acquire additional residential property and still maintain eligibility to reside in deed-restricted housing. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Persons owning in New Castle, No Name or Rifle prior to September 1, 2009, may retain ownership of such property; however, if property is sold, no other property can be purchased within those areas specified in the OEZ. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
The survey was distributed through the employers in Pitkin County. All respondent households include at least one person who works in Pitkin County, regardless whether they live in Pitkin County or commute. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
In most cases. However, homeowners in Aspen Village, Lazy Glen and Smuggler Subdivisions may set the price for “whatever the market may bear,” per their deed restriction. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Numerous changes in the lending and sale transaction processes, along with a shortage of appraisers in our area, have resulted in longer transactions. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
No. Prospective occupants must wait until an APCHA managed unit becomes available or be offered a privately managed unit. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.
Yes. Owners can have pets, but renters cannot. For more information, please call 970-920-5050.