In an effort to understand the housing needs of its nearly 22,000 residents, the City of Gallup, New Mexico has issued a Request for Proposals for professional housing consulting services.
The idea animating the request is not to just look at the demand for housing, but also to explore the “preferences and gaps and the types of housing needed in the City of Gallup for the different demographic segments of the population.”
Once the market analysis is completed, city officials will have a better idea of how to tackle the housing needs of local residents.
According to Census Bureau records, some 20 percent of Gallup’s residents live below the poverty line, a number that increases to 26 percent for those 18 years of age or younger.
At the same time, the average rent in the city is now more than $1,100 a month, while home prices, according to the online real estate data base Zillow.com, is just over $148,000, the highest level since 2011.
Respondents to the RFP are being asked to put an emphasis on the “availability of land and public resources,” while also taking into consideration local code requirements.
Result of the study will better assist the City of Gallup in “carrying out its objectives in facilitating housing in a way that contributes to local community and economic development and sustainable growth.”
The project will be ultimately overseen by Gallup’s Planning and Development Department.
Deadline for the RFP is November 5.
By Garry Boulard
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