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As mentioned in "Tragedy, growth and civic issues top 2016" by Jennifer Rios in Broomfield Enterprise, January 4, 2017

Attainable/affordable housing

A sharper eye was turned to the issue of affordable, or attainable, housing this year, and Broomfield took steps to assess the scope of the issue and what can be done to address it. Like many of 2016's milestone events, this topic will spill into 2017 and beyond.

In August, the Broomfield Housing Advisory Committee was approved - and later staffed in November - with seven residents and two city council members.

Committee members will serve until March 2018. Four members will serve a one-year term and three members will serve two-year terms.

Broomfield Housing Opportunity Coalition, originally formed as the Affordable Housing Task Force, also continues to meet to help "reach the goal of an accessible Broomfield for a variety families and income levels."

The original task force was born out of a meeting in February 2015 when 44 people came together for an Affordable Housing Community Conversation hosted by pastors and priests of eight Broomfield churches.

Coalition members include faith communities, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Broomfield FISH, Broomfield Community Foundation, FRIENDS of Broomfield, Broomfield Senior Resources and Foothills United Way.

More than 17 percent of Broomfield households earn $50,000 to $75,000, according to the city and county's website, and 30 percent earn less than $50,000 annually.

The median income for a household of four is $79,000 annually or $6,658 monthly.