Confronting Big Sky’s housing crisis

Five volunteers selected for the Big Sky Community Housing Trust Board of Directors

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). With an emphasis on the necessity of workforce housing, those involved with BSCHT can help local businesses confront the workforce shortage. They can also assist Big Sky workers in finding some housing stability in what has continuously been regarded as a stressful market.

Dave Brown, Erin Cluff, Mark Dean, Kenny Holtz and Cleve Johnson were selected to be part of the 12 member board.

Brown is Vice President of Residential Services for Yellowstone Club. Over the past year and a half, his department took over all Yellowstone Club employee housing to ensure options exist in the Big Sky area for all levels of Yellowstone Club employees, according to a press release.

Cluff moved to Big Sky in 2020 after her retirement from a 24- year career in the United States Air Force. She currently serves as the CEO of SOAR BEYOND, a specialized consulting firm. She focuses on innovative approaches to evolving challenges and has led organizations across the globe, according to a press release.

Dean is a retired Managing Director and former National Head of Production for Citi Community Capital, which specializes in affordable and workforce multi-family housing – providing construction and permanent financing in addition to LIHTC equity and investment banking services.

Holtz and his family moved to California in 2016 after his 10- year career with the Yellowstone Club. They returned to Big Sky in 2020 so he could pursue development opportunities. He has been involved in establishing workforce housing, including a leadership role in the development of operational and business plans to transform the historic Gallatin Gateway Inn into a workforce housing solution with 115 beds.

Johnson has been visiting Big Sky since the mid-70s, and now lives in the Meadow. As founding partner of CRC Partners and CBG Builders, he has been involved in large scale residential projects across the country and has developed several thousand units of affordable housing.

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