The ARCH Community Housing Trust, an nonprofit developer focused on solving housing issues in Blaine County, raised more than $900,000 to help develop affordable housing for Blaine County School District staff, the BCSD announced Sunday.

The fundraising event, held at the home of ARCH Board President Cynthia Hull, came nine months after the school board established a roughly $1 million emergency fund to help relieve the effects of the valley housing crisis on district employees. Taken together, the sum gives the school district nearly $2 million to tackle housing issues.

At the time of the fundraiser, the BCSD’s Board of Trustees noted that the school district had 32 open positions in a district of 525 staff members, according to documents presented to the board in June; many applicants had turned down offers due to a lack of available and affordable housing.

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