Housing crisis

Mountain Mediation hosts a community conversation on the housing crisis and its impacts on equity

Several months ago, the conversations team at Mountain Mediation began reviewing the next episode of the Community Conversation series. After reviewing several local studies conducted by Park City Municipal and the Community Foundation, the group began to look at housing and equity issues.

Mountain mediation attorney Gretchen Lee said the conversations team convened a panel that will begin Tuesday’s conversation by introducing the city’s housing research to bring attendees up to speed.

“We have a local employer. We have someone in town who works in affordable housing. We don’t have any man’s Housing Trust from the Utah Housing Coalition at the state level. So the attendees can sort of get a sense of agreement, that’s the problem, you know, at the federal level, at the state level, what it looks like in our community, and then down to the level of the local employer, and we actually had someone from a member of Latinos in Action coming to a high school group because they had done a study that incorporated housing.

Lee said the meeting format requires no preparation. Still, there is information about a few studies available on the Mountain Mediation website if anyone wants to know more. Lee said the purpose of the meeting was to provide a platform to understand each other better and build new relationships.

“We’d like to be able to hear everyone’s different point of view, but also provide that basis for, you know, people who feel like maybe they’re not directly affected, but they are because we’re all together in the same community and that’s just a critical point of these community conversations is to provide that space well for people, maybe I’m not affected, but h, I heard about this person, and oh , I hadn’t thought of it that way.

Lee said the center launched the Community Conversations program about two years ago and all events were online, but this summer in-person meetings will likely resume. The center plans to continue to offer remote participation as well as translation services.

For anyone interested in joining the community housing conversation, a zoom link can be found here.

Meeting ID: 899 1166 9963

Tuesday’s conversation begins with the roundtable from 6:30-7:00 p.m., followed by breakout sessions, with a conclusion at 7:45 p.m.