Fuller House awarded foreclosed home in Shadow Mountain
By their own admission, all three Moffat County commissioners vacillated on which county nonprofit would be handed the keys to a foreclosed home given to the commission by the mortgage holding bank earlier this year.
The home at 1106 Aspen Ave. in Shadow Mountain was deeded over to the county by Wells Fargo Bank.
Love INC and Fuller House both put in requests for their organizations to be given the property. After presentations by representatives of each group, which included touting each other’s positive influence in the community, a failed motion, a Robert’s rule conversation and a deal to work together, the board awarded the property to Fuller House.
“This is really the hardest decision to make because you (both organizations) help people out and are addressing housing issues,” Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said. “I just don’t want to have to choose.”
Both organizations are Christian based with Fuller House being akin to Habitat for Humanity and helping recipients into housing with low-interest rate loans and work or sweat equity for down payments.
Vickie Burns and Neil Folks explained to the board how Fuller house works for low-income individuals and families that most likely would not get the opportunity to ever own a home. Burns also said the local organization opted not to use the nonprofit status to keep from paying property taxes.
“It actually costs us more to do the paperwork and pay the fees, so we’ve decided early on to simply pay the taxes,” she said.
“I don’t like the choice either,” Commissioner Chuck Grobe said. “I’ve looked into both organizations, and it’s even harder after hearing more about what you do.”
Love INC deals with people coming out of prison, jail, abuse or people with addiction issues giving them a fresh start. Clients are allowed to live rent free for as long as three months while they secure employment and get their lives in order. Pat Jones, director for Love INC, said they currently have two apartments that are used for that purpose.
“They can’t just sit around watching TV,” she said. “Clients have rules like they must be out looking for a job, keep probation and counseling appointments, and if cops are called to their place, they are out.”
Commissioner Grobe will work with Fuller House representatives to set up time for the title transfer.
Local land managers have proposed allowing the public to rent out Sarvis Cabin on the banks of the Yampa River just below Stagecoach Reservoir.