Living Wisdom Village,
Elders Creating Community
Frequently asked Questions
Q. Why is CPCH developing Living Wisdom Village?
A. CPCH is a non-profit dedicated working to create affordable housing in Saguache County in an environmentally responsible manner. There is a complete lack of senior independent living facilities in Saguache County and this market is severely undersupplied in the San Luis Valley. For years the Crestone/Baca community has been losing its elders when they can no longer find safe and affordable housing here. CPCH intends to make affordable senior housing available.
Q. How much property is being purchased?
A. CPCH is purchasing 4.6 acres; the size of the land will provide options for expansion in the future. After searching for more than 2 years for suitable land for this project, this is the first parcel that has become available for purchase.
Q. How much is CPCH paying for the land?
A. That information is confidential until the purchase is completed.
Q. Why did CPCH choose this location?
A. The mission statement for Living Wisdom Village includes “within walking distance of the Crestone commercial district”; this property is 3 blocks from downtown businesses.
Q. Will anyone be able to rent there?
A. Living Wisdom Village will be for seniors 55 and older. Living Wisdom Village began as a housing project for seniors by a group of passionate elder volunteers a few years ago. We are aware of the need for housing for younger people, which the County is working to address.
Q. What does “affordable” mean?
A. Affordable is determined by County income data. Living Wisdom Village will include some Section 8 units. As the project further unfolds CPCH will be able to provide estimated rental costs.
Q. How will you pay for this project?
A. Because CPCH is a non-profit, grant funds are available for construction of Living Wisdom Village. However, there are no foundations that pay for land purchase, which is why we are currently fundraising. A private donor has offered to triple every donation CPCH receives, up to $10,000, which means a $100 donation will be matched with $300, netting a total of $400, and a $5,000 donation will net a total of $20,000.
Q. What is an Enterprise Zone tax credit?
A. CPCH has received Enterprise Zone status through the state. Each person who donates a minimum of $100 and completes the tax credit application will receive a certificate from the state for a tax credit equal to 25% of their donation.
Q. When will construction begin?
A. At this time it appears that construction will begin in 2021. As CPCH works through the grant process with foundations, the timeline for building will become clearer.
Q. Will there be market rate units available for rent?
A. This is being considered; CPCH doesn’t have this answer currently.
Q. How many people will this project provide housing for?
A. We are planning housing for 20 - 35 seniors. The Village will have studio, one and two-bedroom rental apartments and will include some Section 8 units.
Q. If I need help with my personal care, can I live there?
A. This development is being designed for people who can live independently. Our desire is that Villagers will help one another as much possible. Caregivers from the larger community can be hired and home health care may be available through your insurance. Local care givers can offer additional assistance. Hospice care is available, when needed, from agencies in Alamosa and Salida.
Q. Can I have my pets with me? Will there be a dog park or fenced in yard?
A. At this time, the CPCH Board has not yet created any governing documents for the completed Village. At a minimum, service animals will be allowed.