Big Sky Housing Survey

Big Sky Housing Assessment and Action Plan Underway
Big Sky, Montana | November 15, 2017 – The Big Sky Community Housing Trust (BSCHT) and Resort Tax Board have commissioned a study to update the housing needs of Big Sky residents and develop a Housing Action Plan to address housing needs in the community. WSW Consulting, Inc., out of South Lake Tahoe, CA, and her team, comprised of housing research and development professionals that specialize in mountain resort communities in the intermountain west, have been contracted to conduct the study.
Using the 2014 Big Sky Chamber of Commerce/EPS Housing Development Plan as a base, this study will update this information and solicit input from Big Sky residents and employees on their housing needs and preferences to target housing goals. The study will then help Big Sky develop an action plan containing various housing strategies for addressing those needs. The housing needs phase of the project will be completed in February. The action plan phase, which will include a series of work sessions with community stakeholders, will be completed in early June 2018.
We need input from Big Sky residents and employees to make this a success! Beginning November 27 through December 27, your participation through an on-line survey will be sought. The confidential survey responses will ensure that we understand the housing needs, preferences and challenges of Big Sky residents and employees. Your participation is necessary to ensure that any actions taken to address housing needs are properly targeted.
On or after November 27th, please look for an email from the Big Sky Chamber or your employer with a link to this survey. You will also see flyers around town and distributed on commuter buses. The link will also be published in the Dec. 6th edition of this paper and distributed through social media.

The Big Sky Community Housing Trust, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce and Resort Tax Board has asked for our help with a study to better understand the housing needs of residents and workers in Big Sky. We are seeking responses from EVERY employee:  those who live locally, those who in-commute from other areas, those content with their housing and those who are not. Please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire about your current residence and housing needs and preferences.  All results are strictly confidential.

 As a thank-you for filling out the survey, you may also choose to be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates – redeemable at a store of your choice – at the conclusion of the survey.
Your participation in this effort is greatly appreciated and essential to its success.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study, please contact Wendy Sullivan, an independent consultant assisting us with this study, at
Thank you for taking a few moments to share your input regarding your housing needs.

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Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

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Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.