Town Council to Review Recommendations to Improve Annual Resale Housing Lottery Process at April 17 Meeting

Recommendations to improve the town’s annual resale lottery process will be presented to the Town Council at its evening meeting on Tuesday, April 17 by representatives from the Vail Local Housing Authority and the town’s housing department. The item is listed as 4.2 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.

The current lottery selection process has been in place since 1999 and was established at the direction of the Vail Town Council. Earlier this year, the council asked the Housing Authority to explore possible updates and enhancements after concerns were expressed by lottery participants about the effectiveness, appropriateness and fairness of the annual selection process.

After reviewing and analyzing the master resale process over the course of several meetings, the Housing Authority is recommending the following changes:

  • Clearly define the goals and objectives of the town’s lottery criteria and process
  • Allow current residential property owners, including vacant residential land, to participate in the lottery
  • Phase out the weighted preference and tiered systems and replace them with a point-based lottery process, effective June 2018
  • Replace the annual lottery process with an individual and separate process for each home when it becomes available for purchase
  • Eliminate the minimum household size requirements
  • Simplify and streamline the application submittal process and minimize to the extent possible the materials required for participation
  • Implement a true lottery drawing process which affords all qualified participants a chance of being selected

Any amendments, improvements or enhancements made to the annual lottery selection process will require Town Council authorization. For a copy of the staff memorandum outlining the recommendations, visit the town’s website at towncouncil.

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