Volunteers make the small unincorporated community of Big Sky what it is. Thousands of people have donated countless hours to help mold organizations and bolster efforts. Twenty Big Sky residents stepped up to interview for the vacant volunteer board positions with Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT).
At least an additional 90 rental units for Big Sky’s workforce may soon exist on Highway 64. Details are being hashed out between the nonprofit Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) and Lone Mountain Land Company (LMLC) for a rental development that will also include dorm style units.
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.
The sun was shining on Wilson View on Oct. 30 during a day of celebration. Ophir Elementary School teachers John Hannahs and MacKenzie Caldwell were able to see their new home.
Housing is one of the most difficult issues for all non-home owners in Big Sky, and Latinos experience this problem even more intensely. Language barriers for renters and landlords alike make this already difficult process a struggle.
Thomas Odenthal embraces the Big Sky life as fully as anyone. Adventuring is something he has always done, it was finding a solid home base that was the problem.
The culmination of six months of work equals an additional option for renters and homeowners in Big Sky. A new website through the LandingLocals platform will allow “local workers have an easier time finding long-term rentals,” Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) Executive Director Laura Seyfang explained.
Known as “Tract II,” the swath of hillside above the ball fields at Community Park is on its way to becoming the Meadowview II development. This mix of duplexes, condos and apartments could house around 100 Big Sky residents, some who are currently unable to find properties priced low enough for them to purchase.
On a busy morning in early June at the Big Sky Conoco, owners Renae and Steve Schumacher worked the store’s two registers as a steady stream of customers lined up to purchase items they need to start their day.
A Hill condo studio for $950 monthly. Two rooms in the Hidden Village, $550 and $600 respectively per month. A Firelight two-bedroom condo for $1,800 a month. These housing opportunities were recently posted on the Big Sky Housing Network’s Facebook page.