affordable housing

Colorado housing experts finalize formal recommendations for alleviating state’s affordable housing crisis

BY: - July 14, 2021

A coalition of housing experts across Colorado has finalized formal recommendations for how the state can alleviate its affordable housing crisis. The Strategic Housing Working Group, convened by the state’s Department of Local Affairs in the fall, presented its final recommendations to Colorado’s State Housing Board during a public meeting on July 13. Next, the […]

Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

BY: - June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The mayors of cities in Ohio, Montana and Arizona stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, […]

Here’s how CO’s Dem leaders want to spend the state’s $3.8 billion federal stimulus

BY: - May 25, 2021

Colorado Democratic leaders and lawmakers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday morning to unveil their preliminary plan for how to distribute $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress.  “After more than a year of hardship and struggle, we are entering a new chapter of […]

These Colorado bills aim to bolster funding for local affordable housing efforts

BY: - May 13, 2021

Colorado ranks No. 9 in the country for having the largest gap between renter’s income and housing cost — a reality buoyed by stagnant wages, rising rents and limited availability of affordable housing.   The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that Colorado faces a statewide shortage of more than 113,000 affordable rentals for extremely low-income […]

Supportive housing has proved successful for addressing chronic homelessness. Why isn’t there more in Colorado?

BY: - May 4, 2021

For decades, housing providers and researchers have shown that providing permanent supportive housing — which couples affordable housing programs with substance use and mental health treatment — is a successful model for helping people experiencing chronic homelessness find stability.  The challenge has been soliciting the funding and political will to put it into practice. Denver […]

Rep. Neguse to lobby for affordable housing, Civilian Climate Corps support in White House meeting

BY: - April 13, 2021

Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are meeting at the White House today with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a Neguse spokesperson. The group will discuss the American Jobs Plan, and Neguse plans to advocate for Colorado priorities “including affordable housing investments and creation […]

Colorado ranks near bottom in availability of affordable housing for lowest-income renters

BY: - March 23, 2021

While no state has a sufficient number of affordable housing units available for extremely low-income households, Colorado is particularly bad. Nationally, Colorado ranks 42nd for having the lowest number of available affordable housing units for low-income households that live below the poverty level or are forced to spend more than 30% of their income on […]

Affordable housing measure years in the making gets initial OK from Colorado lawmakers

BY: - March 22, 2021

A Colorado bill aimed at promoting affordable housing through a legal clarification, an effort that’s been in the making for years, earned initial approval from House lawmakers March 18. House Bill 21-1117, sponsored by Denver Democratic Reps. Susan Lontine and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, would let cities and counties require new rental developments to include some affordable […]

More unrelated people allowed to live under the same roof with Denver City Council zoning change

BY: - February 10, 2021

It’s been a long road for Denver to allow more than two unrelated people to legally live under the same roof.  After nearly three years of discussion, the change finally came on Monday when Denver City Council voted to overhaul the city’s zoning code to allow five unrelated people to live in the same household. […]

‘I’m so tired of the sweeps’: Denver clears out homeless encampment

BY: - October 6, 2020

Denver residents Sophie Elias and her husband have lived in a tent at the corner of 14th Avenue and Logan Street for the past month and a half. They got married last month and moved to the area after the homeless encampment in front of Morey Middle School was dispersed in early August.  On Tuesday […]

Emergency housing funds could dry up by mid-November, state official says

BY: - August 13, 2020

There wasn’t much good news announced during Colorado’s monthly State Housing Board meeting on Tuesday. The meeting came as fear continues to mount among housing advocates and nonprofits over a looming eviction crisis. On Aug. 10, Gov. Jared Polis extended an executive order that requires Colorado landlords to give tenants 30 days notice before filing […]