Economy

Guide: What you need to know about eviction protections in Colorado right now

BY: - August 2, 2021

Editor’s note: This guide was published on April 26, 2021. It will be updated as necessary to reflect changing eviction rules and protections. Last updated: Aug. 2, 2021. In Colorado, 40.5% of adults — a huge jump from 25.5% in early June  — are living in households that are not current on their rent or […]

Guía: Qué necesitas saber sobre las protecciones contra desalojos ahora en Colorado

BY: - August 2, 2021

Por Moe Clark, traducido por Emma Athena Nota editorial: Esta guía fue publicada el 26 de abril de 2021. Se actualizará según sea necesario para reflejar los cambios en las reglas y protecciones contra desalojo. La actualización más reciente: 1 de agosto de 2021. En Colorado, 40.5% de adultos — un enorme salto desde 25.5% al […]

Federal eviction ban to expire Saturday after attempt to extend it fails

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats unsuccessfully scrambled on Friday to extend federal legal protections against eviction that will expire on Saturday. The end of the eviction moratorium jeopardizes housing security for millions of Americans who are struggling both to pay their rent and to access billions of dollars in slow-moving federal rental assistance funds. Top Democrats in […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Polis must act to keep tenants who are waiting for rental assistance from eviction

BY: and - July 30, 2021

As the executive director of one of Colorado’s largest affordable housing providers and the board president of a school district serving over 36,000 students, we know first-hand the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our most marginalized communities. Many of the people we serve have disproportionately suffered the financial, health, educational and emotional […]

‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight.  Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]

COMMENTARY

Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth but couldn’t escape its problems

BY: - July 26, 2021

“Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems” first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Billionaire space cowboys Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have rightfully been taking some flack for sub-orbital jaunts earlier this month that garnered plenty of headlines but little in the way of actual scientific advancement, apart from trying to normalize the idea […]

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Colorado’s housing crisis touches every inch of the state. Lawmakers hope $400 million will help.

BY: - July 23, 2021

Colorado’s affordable housing crisis touches every inch of the state, whether it’s rising rents coupled with stagnant wages, limited available affordable units, or unattainable building costs.  State lawmakers this session set aside $400 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to try to alleviate the growing housing pressure seen across the state. The challenge now will […]

Immediate removal of tents, propane tanks in public spaces approved by Boulder council

BY: - July 21, 2021

Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night approved an emergency rule that allows law enforcement to remove tents from public spaces without prior notice — part of the city’s months-long push to more aggressively enforce the city’s camping ban. The new ordinance is effective immediately. “Often in the process of removing an encampment, campers will […]

Colorado’s unemployment rate remains flat at 6.2%

BY: - July 16, 2021

Unemployment in Colorado remained essentially flat in June, the state’s labor department said Friday, marking the 15th consecutive month that the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has kept the statewide unemployment rate above 6% — a level more than double the pre-pandemic rate, which averaged 2.7% in 2019. Colorado employers reported adding roughly 10,500 […]

Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.

BY: - July 16, 2021

The city of Denver embarked on a five-year experiment in 2016 to see if it could disrupt the city’s robust homeless-to-jail pipeline by providing permanent supportive housing, which couples housing with services such as substance use and mental health treatment.  The results? A “remarkably successful initiative,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president of the Metropolitan Housing […]

Sen. Bennet, Colorado Democrats celebrate rollout of expanded child tax credit

BY: - July 15, 2021

The federal government on Thursday began sending out the first monthly payments to American families under the newly expanded child tax credit program, and the rollout is being celebrated by Colorado Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet, who helped lead a push by members of Congress to include the measure in a COVID-19 stimulus package passed […]

Colorado law boosts utility bill payment assistance for low-income households

BY: - July 15, 2021

A new Colorado law boosts funding for utility bill payment assistance for low-income residents by establishing small monthly fees on electricity and gas customers. “Families across Colorado are struggling to keep the lights on, and our current utility assistance system is not funded well enough to help every family in need,” Rep. Chris Kennedy, a […]