Creating a Livable Community

Working individuals and families are the heartbeat of Big Sky, but each year it becomes more challenging to make a life here as housing and childcare costs climb. The average price of a single family home is well over $2 million while the wait list for long-term rentals has over 200 names on it. Child care providers struggle to offer quality and affordable care with dozens of families on wait lists. When our middle income families and essential workers can’t afford to live here, the fabric of our community frays.

Big Sky Relief Success

This vision to gather community leaders and members to solve problems was tried and proven with another recent initiative: Big Sky Relief, our community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we came together to identify needs and find solutions. A collaborative impact fund was created to purchase personal protective equipment, COVID tests, and other needed items. We were able to create a hub of resources and information that our community could count on. Using this model and what we learned, Elevate Big Sky was created to solve other community challenges in a similar collaborative manner.

“I am a local deputy sheriff and I serve this community, yet I feel I won’t be able to live here in the coming years due to rent increases and a lack of long-term housing opportunities.”

Deputy Sheriff

Gallatin County Sheriff's Department

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