The Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future Increasing Year-Round Residents workgroup will deliver surveys to all Harpers Ferry residents this month that will assess the need for affordable senior housing.
“The goal of this group is to discover ways we can hold on to and increase our permanent population,” said group leaders Larry Schulte and Pat Coda. “Many residents have left Harpers because their housing needs changed with time, and we as a community could not accommodate their needs. We hope that our efforts can change that.”
If enough need is determined by the surveys, the group will consider creating a nonprofit, applying for a grant and beginning fundraising. The construction of a senior housing complex would not be funded by the city.
The Increasing Year-Round Residents workgroup is one of four Vision for Our Future groups that meet monthly to set goals and develop action plans to shape the future of Harpers Ferry. The vision is to create a place where young families thrive, small business and jobs grow, service to tourists is enhanced and a year-round home can be established for an increasing number of residents.
Community members who wish to fill out the survey electronically are encouraged to do so at here.
Harpers Ferry Vision for Our Future is a community-wide visioning project sponsored by the Allamakee County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative.
To learn more about Harpers Ferry/Vision for Our Future or join a workgroup, contact Theresa Gallagher at 563.380.2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.