CHC Success Story:
Honoring the choice of where one hangs their hat
Hardship: Property Tax
CHC assistance: $3,180
Pete is 65 y/o and has owned a cabin in Ward, CO since 1992.
He has always planned to the cabin full-time, but only after a $600/mo child support bill (paid religiously) was fulfilled.
In the meantime, he rented the cabin to a friend who agreed to pay property taxes, but the payments were never made.
Pete has no mortgage and very minimal expenses, so his social security and public benefits are enough to make his low-amenity mountain lifestyle, sustainable.
When Pete was ready to move in, he pre-saved money for property taxes, only to learn that this put him over asset limits, terminating his benefits. Loss of benefits left Pete in a dire situation that could have left him homeless.
The Colorado Homeownership Coalition stepped in to help Pete cure his delinquent property tax payment and prevent a tax sale.
We may not all choose a lifestyle with little income and few amenities; however, this is Pete’s version of the American dream. With a little support from CHC, Pete was able to maintain his lifestyle and save the place he calls home.