In the Media
A collection of media articles and BSCHT’s most helpful documents and presentation files.
Reports | Studies
Workforce housing: RiverView close to breaking ground
11/2/22 – In the final week of October, the Big Sky Owners Association and involved parties reached an agreement to transfer a 1990s easement that had delayed construction on a federally funded apartment complex.
Big Sky housing: Challenge to fill the “Missing Middle”
9/29/22 – Community powers are collaborating to create a feasible path from entry-level employment to middle management, to property ownership and community leadership.
Housing survey reveals need across Big Sky spectrum
7/27/22 – A survey recently released by the Big Sky Community Housing Trust largely reiterates what most resort town residents already know: Housing is a critical issue that impacts people across the community spectrum.
Housing trust seeks feedback through survey
5/23/22 – The Big Sky Community Housing Trust is currently soliciting feedback from local employers and employees through its 2022 community-wide housing survey.
Creating ‘opportunity across the spectrum’
5/5/22 – When David O’Connor helped establish the Big Sky Community Housing Trust around 2016, he was like a spectator after an explosion. He felt sorry for whomever would be in charge of sweeping up one of Big Sky’s biggest messes.
Winter ball event to raise money for housing
3/11/22 – A chance to dust off black-tie apparel and support a community cause, local realtors will host a party at the end of the month to raise funds for local workforce housing efforts.
Housing Trust launches deed restriction program
3/9/22 – While national headlines point to low inventory as one of the major drivers of a widespread housing crisis, community leaders say that isn’t entirely the case for Big Sky.
Housing Trust announces new executive director
3/7/22 – Big Sky Community Housing Trust, the nonprofit agency devoted to creating housing options for local workers, is pleased to announce on May 1 they will have a new executive director, David O’Connor.
Workforce housing remains top Big Sky concern
12/31/21 – Workforce housing issues in Big Sky are nothing new.
State awards nearly $7M to local workforce housing
11/17/21 – The Montana Board of Housing on Nov. 15 awarded $6.49 million to a workforce housing project in Big Sky known as the RiverView Apartments.
How to Save a Ski Town
11/15/21 – All over the West, a housing crisis is causing workforce shortages, crippling local businesses, and threatening the culture and existence of mountain towns as we know them.
In Big Sky, New Affordable Housing Program Pays Property Owners to Rent to Locals
10/4/21 – Shannon Sears has lived in Big Sky for six years, and she’s already moved five times.
Community forum creates engagement opportunity for public
10/1/21 – The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce congregated key Big Sky stakeholders as well as community members on the evening of Sept. 30 to engage in discussion on current area projects and issues for the Fourth Annual Community Building Forum.
Water and sewer board annexes LMLC, housing trust project into district
9/23/21 – The Big Sky County Water and Sewer District board voted at a Sept. 21 meeting in favor of annexing a workforce housing project into the district, concluding a months long debate.
Editorial: Big Sky offers solutions to affordable housing
9/3/21 – Bozeman’s affordable housing problem pales in comparison to what Big Sky is dealing with, though on a smaller scale.
To Address Housing Shortage, Program in Big Sky Pays Property Owners to Rent to Local Workers
8/31/21 – Big Sky, like other Mountain West resort areas, is struggling to provide affordable housing.
Water and sewer board advances talks on RiverView Annexation
8/25/21 – The Big Sky County Water and Sewer board on Aug. 24 moved closer to annexing the forthcoming RiverView workforce housing project into the local water and sewer district.
Short term rentals: Part II
8/12/21 – Before 9 a.m. one weekday morning, MJ Matute drums her fingers against a paper coffee cup in the Huntley Lodge lobby at Big Sky Resort.
Short term rentals shave locals’ housing options
7/30/21 – In April, Colin McNamara drove from Big Sky to the Motor Vehicle Department in Bozeman to get a Montana driver’s license.
Water and sewer board receives broad response on affordable housing annexation
7/20/21 – The Big Sky County Water and Sewer board received nearly 800 responses on the matter of annexing the RiverView workforce housing project into the water and sewer district. The majority of comments favored annexation.
Resort Tax Board Allocates $7M to Community Organizations
6/11/21 – Approximately 60 people gathered virtually on Zoom on the evening of June 10 to hear final discussion and decision on resort tax funding allocation from the Big Sky Resort Area District board.
Housing Project Advances Toward $6.5M Award
6/3/21 – The Montana Board of Housing advanced the Big Sky Community Housing Trust’s application for a nearly $6.5 million award in federal tax credits at a May 25 meeting.
BSRAD awards funds for Workforce Housing Project
3/11/21 – In a unanimous vote, the Big Sky Resort Area District board granted the Big Sky Community Housing Trust $1.4 million in funds for the Workforce Housing Project, undertaken in partnership with Lone Mountain Land Company, after five months of being held in “pending” status.
Private company, nonprofit team up to build housing in Big Sky
1/29/21 – A collaboration between a private company and a nonprofit housing trust aims to create more affordable housing for people living and working in Big Sky by the end of 2022.
Housing Trust, Lone Mountain Land Company join forces
1/28/21 – In an effort to solve Big Sky’s workforce housing shortage, the Big Sky Community Housing Trust and Lone Mountain Land Company have partnered on the latest housing development project. The collaboration between the two entities was announced in a Jan. 19 press release along with their intention to develop and build a new housing complex exclusively for local workers.
New affordable housing in Big Sky for local workers
1/24/21 – The Big Sky Community Housing Trust launched a collaboration with Lone Mountain Land Company to develop workforce housing. Lone Mountain Land Company manages Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, Moonlight Basin, and several projects within the Town Center.
MeadowView condo ad with Explore Big Sky
8/14/20 – Advertisement for MeadowView Condos on page 55.
Yellowstone Club Community Foundation spring 2020 grants support community
7/23/20 – The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation extended its commitment to the region’s nonprofit sector through its annual spring and summer grant cycle.
In spite of challenges, affordable housing makes strides in Big Sky
3/15/20 – A culmination of community projects are outlined in this summary of housing in the Big Sky Community. The current MeadowView Condos are reviewed, as well as the steps we are taking forward to build more housing for local workers.
Support for 1% Tax
3/2/20 – A letter to the editor in support of the 1% infrastructure tax that will allocate 500SFEs for the Housing Trust.
The cost of short-term rentals in Big Sky
9/10/19 – Big Sky has seen an exponential growth in Short Term Rentals, displacing local workers but bringing in more tourism. The Housing Trust hopes to see success in a “Rent Local” program that encourages second-home owners to convert their short term rentals into local housing.
Availability remains to purchase workforce housing
7/23/19 – A free eight hour Home Buyer Education Class is being offered on July 27th, which is the first step to get on the waitlist for housing available through the Big Sky Community Housing Trust such as the deed-restricted condos being sold to qualified local workers. These prerequisites put you on a waitlist for any future developments as well.
Housing trust cuts the ribbon on Meadowview
7/7/19 – The Big Sky Community Housing Trust held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 30 for the MeadowView Condominiums, Big Sky’s first deed-restricted workforce housing. Once completed, the subdivision will offer 52 subsidized units to a waiting list of qualified local applicants.
School district partners with Habitat for Humanity for teacher housing :: Housing trust looks at budget, resort tax ask and Meadowview
3/29/19 – The Big Sky Community Housing Trust advisory board met to discuss budgetary needs and resort tax funding for 2019, touching on the district’s teacher housing plan and their collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
Housing trust reviews resort tax, Meadowview project, water use
3/3/19 – On February 21st, the advisory board for Big Sky Community Housing Trust met to discuss Senate Bill 241 which allows the community to levy an additional 1% tax for infrastructure. This would allow more funding from the initial 3% resort tax to go towards community projects, such as housing.
Big Sky housing trust welcomes new director
10/27/18 – On October 3rd, 2018, the Big Sky Community Housing Trust welcomed Laura Seyfang as the new director. She comes on to live and work in Big Sky with years of leadership experience.