Confronting Big Sky’s workforce housing issue

Two open seats on the Big Sky Community Housing Trust Board of Directors

Boards of organizations in Big Sky make things happen – they wield a lot of power in the unincorporated community. Board members have the onus of furthering organizational goals while remaining accountable to the community.

Candace Carr Strauss, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and Visit Big Sky CEO, soon leaves the area for a position in Arizona, vacating one seat on the Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) board. Hans Williamson, Yellowstone Club Vice President of Operations and General Manager, has reached his term limit on the 11 person board.

BSCHT is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a diversity of affordable housing for the community. Builders are set to complete MeadowView Condominiums, the community's first land trust development this Spring. Currently, all 52 MeadowView units are under contract by local, working families.

BSCHT also works to increase affordable rental opportunities for locals. The goal is to expand the number of rental units in the market by converting more vacation rentals into homes for the community's workforce. BSCHT is also exploring rental development opportunities with both public and private partners to build much needed workforce apartments, according to a press release.

“Serving on this board is a great way to get involved and help address a critical Big Sky issue. We look forward to hearing from passionate candidates,” BSCHT Program Director Laura Seyfang said.

The posting for the volunteer position explains that BSCHT Board of Directors is composed of community leaders who serve for a minimum of one year, using their time and skills to be objective decision makers and advocates for the Housing Trust. Board terms last for one year, and board members can serve for up to three consecutive terms.

Members are asked to actively participate in monthly meetings and fully engage in securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for BSCHT to advance its mission of providing a diversity of housing affordable for the Big Sky community.

Interested parties should contact Laura Seyfang by January 20. (

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