Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. (MLH), with the political and financial support of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, has spearheaded a workforce housing development program targeted at tackling one of the toughest issues facing Sierra communities today. The private, not for profit, organization was established in 2003 by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and has made significant progress toward mitigating the affordable housing problem that exists in the community. Since inception, the organization has turned its initial start-up funds of $210,000, and ongoing support from the Town, into nearly $60 million dollars in housing.
Positive Impacts of Workforce Housing
The organization now includes a two-person staff and a six-member Board of Directors which actively work to fulfill their mission to support workforce housing for a viable local economy and a sustainable community. Through collaborative public/private partnerships with local jurisdictions and for-profit resort and housing developers, MLH is increasing the supply of housing that is affordable to the Eastern Sierra’s workforce and families.
MLH has been successful in providing housing through a variety of programs. Utilizing state, federal, and local funding sources Mammoth Lakes Housing has developed and/or rehabilitated 189 housing units in the Town and another 13 in neighboring jurisdictions. MLH currently operates a down payment assistance program to help homebuyers into homeownership. Recently, the organization completed the acquisition and rehabilitation of a four-unit affordable rental development.
MLH has worked closely with the Town of Mammoth Lakes to implement the Housing Element and the housing requirements of the Town’s Municipal Code. This contractual relationship has effectively secured grant and other funding, developed a more effective deed restriction program, and spurred the development of affordable units to meet the Regional Housing Needs, determined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Mammoth Lakes Housing continues to be a community leader, advocating for workforce housing within the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the region.