Grand County has an affordable housing crisis. The current administration is waiting for the free market to take care of this but a look around the county shows that this approach is not working. This is an urgent problem that needs to rise to the top of the county agenda until locals are seeing results. We can take best practices from other resorts who are having success housing local employees. New development, the lodging tax and short term rentals can all contribute to the solution without putting the burden on local property owners.