First Summit “Needs” Meeting
Question 1: How does the need for affordable workforce housing impact your organization?
- TOT increases drives a need for more service employees
- Minimum wage increase: How will it impact housing needs?
- Employee turnover increases due in part to housing problems.
- Leads to more money spent on training and overtime pay
- Increase occupancy in Home
- Service levels impacted by employees picking up slack from lack of employees
- Professional Recruitment
- Town Staff
Question 2: Lack of Inventory was cited as top reason your employees have had difficulty securing appropriate housing. Please elaborate.
- Quantity and quality mismatches
- Many homes with large price tags lack real valueAvailability of unit sizes
- Quantity of energy efficient units and homes lacking
- Lack of pet friendly rentals
Question 3: Rental housing was the biggest housing need today. What does that look like?
- Multi-Family must have appropriate parking
- With enough storage, parking, amenities, etc. units could be built smaller
- Bike storage
- A serious need for higher quality rental units
- Demand exists for smaller 1 bedroom units for mid-level management types
- Mobile home space rents
- Uncontrolled, serious need for oversight
Question 4: Ownership housing was the 2nd largest housing need today. What does that look like?
- Does better rental stock dismiss or lower the need for ownership units
- Space for kids to play, space for a family
- More privacy
- Mobile home space rents controls and energy efficiency are a serious concern
Notes and Quotations from the Summit:
Kirk Stapp Intro:
- Hodges from MMSA objects during the intro to clarify the density of the Hart Howerton in regards to Shady Rest
- Says that it makes sense to bump up the density in the middle of the town and that the Affordable Housing aspect would remain unchanged
Responses to question 1:
- Hodges MMSA: Occupancy for the MMSA is all about “Heads on Beds”, keep cost of renting as low as possible, dorm style rooms
- Hodges MMSA: The mountain is content with the housing they have currently and have no further needs in terms of workforce housing
- In the peak winter months’ people are found to be camped out in their cars, vans, etc. because there’s no affordable housing
- Most police officers live in Nevada or Bishop and commute because it’s cheaper
- Fire chief position is hard to retain because they simply can’t afford to stay in town because of the lack of quality housing for reasonable prices
- Mid to High level management has trouble finding adequate and appropriate housing
Responses to question 2:
- The price of the ownership units in town aren’t matched with quality. For the price the homes are “piles”
- People don’t want to live in extremely expensive homes that look the way they do in Mammoth
- Energy efficiency is a serious problem in Mammoth, many homes with high energy costs due to outdated windows (single pane), pour insulation, roofs, etc.
- Housing stock in need of renovations and upgrades
Responses to question 3:
- It needs to be affordable town or house style
- Parking is an issue especially multi-family parking
- People are willing to rent smaller units if there is adequate storage, parking, bike storage, amenities, etc.
- “Nice” rentals are few and far between, save money with shared amenities
- Serious need for smaller, 1 bedroom units for middle management “millennials” who aren’t quite committed to the community
- There is a county-wide land and water shortage that makes it nearly impossible to build in other places in the “valley”
- Fire control and management are very large barriers to developments in Crowley Lake and elsewhere due to the lack of water and fire suppression resources.
- Crowley Lake feels as though Mammoth is dumping its problem onto them and quote, “sending them undesirable rental populations”
Responses to question 4:
- Need for mobile home park space rent control
- Mobile home parks are a large part of the workforce housing of Mammoth Lakes and need to be preserved and protected
- Mobile home park rent control successfully done elsewhere, why not Mammoth Lakes?
- Low quality rental options for people into ownership who want to live in “nice” homes
- Would a better rental stock with higher quality units decrease the need for more ownership options?
- Serious need for ownership products with space for kids and families, pets and more storage + parking
- Developments without transient (overnight rental options) options, more owner occupied ownership