By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Housing Needs Assessment was funded and coordinated by the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA), which hired a consultant in January to run the survey and compile the results. The results will help the Town of Lyons understand the housing needs and preferences of residents who are still displaced after the September 2013 flood, to understand opinions of all residents in order to develop a Housing Replacement Plan, and to
provide data to support grant applications for the Town of Lyons to fund recovery housing.
The Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) received some preliminary results last week, and a final report from the consultant will be completed the week of February 17, and the results will then be available to the public.
A total of 989 surveys were filled out. For the results, the consultant removed duplicate surveys and surveys that didn’t provide addresses. Also surveys from addresses farther than ten miles from town were set aside. This left a total of 528 surveys from households in the town limits, 85 surveys from households within the Town Planning Area, and 129 surveys from households outside the planning area but within ten miles of town. The consultant described this as an extremely high response rate.
Erin Ganser from the Boulder County Housing Authority says “The survey garnered the highest response rate in the twenty-plus years that Rees Consulting has been doing housing needs assessments. That’s an impressive feat. The Task Force, the town staff, and all the volunteers did an amazing job getting the word out. Even more impressive is that the response rate of displaced residents is comparable to the rate of folks who are still in town, which means that the outreach effort for the harder-to-reach population was a huge success. From BCHA’s perspective, we want to thank everyone for their hard work and diligence.”