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Frequently Asked Questions



Q.  Why is CPCH developing Living Wisdom Village?

A.  CPCH is a non-profit working to create affordable housing in Saguache County in an environmentally responsible manner.  There is a complete lack of senior independent options for older adults in Saguache County and this market is severely undersupplied in the San Luis Valley.  For years, older adults have moved out of the Crestone/Baca community because they can no longer find safe and affordable housing.


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 5 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. I’ve heard that there are more names on the interest list than spaces. How will you decide who gets chosen?

A. The CPCH Board of Directors is working on developing the LWV Tenant Selection Process. This process will be in compliance with all Fair Housing regulations and guidelines, and will be fully informed by best practices from a number of organizations who have implemented successful selection processes. Those on the list will be the first people contacted about available residency at LWV, at which point those interested will be asked to submit a formal application as part of the selection process.


Q.  What does “affordable” mean?

A.  "Affordable" is determined by County area median income (AMI) data, which was $48,413 in 2021.  Living Wisdom Village will welcome renters with Section 8 vouchers  As the project further unfolds CPCH will be able to provide estimated rental costs.


Q.  How will you pay for this project?

A.  Grants and donations are funding the development of LWV, including construction.

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 Spring, 2024.


Q.  Will there be market rate units available for rent?

A.   Yes, there will be market rate units available for rent.


Q. How many people will this project provide housing for?

A. We are planning housing for 20 - 30 older adults. The Village will have studio, one and two-bedroom rental units.


Q. If I need help with my personal care, can I live there?

A. LWV is 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. Hospice care is available, when needed, from agencies in Alamosa and Salida. 


Q. Can I have my pets with me? 

A. One domestic pet per unit will be allowed

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