BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City School District (BCSD) governing board is inviting community members and stakeholders to submit questions about a plan to build multi-unit housing for current and future employees who have been priced out of the local rental and ownership market. BCSD’s “District Employee Neighborhood,” or DEN, program, would use a restricted federal grant designed to be sustainable through rent payments.
The questionnaire is to find out what information local employees and residents want answered during an upcoming town hall meeting to discuss the project. The BCSD governing board will plan the town hall during a special workshop on March 22. That workshop is open to the public, and will also be livestreamed. The town hall is expected to be scheduled sometime in April.
BCSD’s anonymous questionnaire is posted at https://forms.gle/Pis4MFg9pAgF83pE9. It does not ask for personally identifying information or emails. BCSD employees received an invitation to a similar anonymous questionnaire. The submission deadline for both is the close of business on Monday, March 21. Attainable rental housing programs for faculty and non-faculty school employees have already been established in Arizona and other parts of the country. BCSD and other school districts have lost employees who were either unable to find affordable housing in order to accept jobs, or who had to leave the area because of skyrocketing rent increases.
DEN was created as a public-private partnership, with input from numerous business and government leaders. Local tax money is not to be used for the project, which is expected to be built on District-owned land south of Silver Creek Road and southwest of Western Arizona Regional Medical Center. There are no homes on or adjacent to the site.
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