This month’s VISTA Spotlight is Bo Blodgett of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley.

What is the background behind your organization? “Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has been building homes for low to middle income individuals in the region (Aspen to Parachute) for 20 years. Habitat’s philosophy is to give families a hand up in order to reach stability and reach their personal and financial goals. Currently we are building 27 net-zero homes for Roaring Fork School District teachers and essential workforce in Pitkin County.”

How long have you been a VISTA? “This is my second year with VISTA. I have served a total of 1 year 10 months.”

What made you want to become a VISTA? “VISTA offered me the opportunity to work on meaningful projects in the community, while also building relevant experience and knowledge in the affordable housing industry.”

Is there anything you’re currently working on that you’d like to share? “Currently I am helping Habitat and the organizations that they partner with engage end-users to create bottom-up solutions for housing in the Roaring Fork Valley. This involves market research, in-depth interviews, and financial modeling. I am also exploring grant and other funding opportunities, especially for their Net Zero portion of housing development. In October Habitat was awarded $100,000 for solar panels from CORE, based on a grant that I wrote.”