AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Everyone deserves to live in a safe and affordable home, no exceptions.

OUR NORTH STAR

Home. The place where we lay our heads, hug our loved ones, make our memories regardless of what we look like or how much is in our wallets.


But today, this most basic of human needs — shelter — is put out of our reach by a system that repeatedly rewards the wealthiest corporations at the expense of ordinary people like you and me. A handful of eviction attorneys and corporate landlords are contributing to legislative campaigns to buy themselves protections while repeatedly increasing rents, evicting families, and giving all landlords a bad name.


We must come together to rewrite laws to protect us, keep a roof over our heads, and create an environment where our rent is reasonable and housing options are plentiful. We make the way for a better future.

Join us to ensure all of us have a place to call home.

Upcoming Affordable Housing Events

We Make the Way: Housing for All in Boulder County – January 11 – April 12.

Boulder County is at a turning point. Do we become another wealthy enclave with little economic, social and racial diversity? Or, do we embrace a vibrant future that includes economic and cultural diversity with housing for people at all stages of life? In Boulder County, we can make the way for a better and brighter future for all residents, no exceptions.


Join Together Colorado and the East County Housing Opportunity Coalition, the Boulder Area Labor Council and the Boulder Chapter of the NAACP for a four-part training series on affordable housing in Boulder County. This series will take place every second Monday from January 11 – April 12.


What you can expect? –


  • A primer on American housing policies and their roots in segregation, both economic and racial and how those policies influenced growth and development in Boulder County.
  • Why Boulder County is at a turning point, and what must be done to change our growth patterns to be more inclusive.
  • Tools and techniques for citizen activism in the housing arena and beyond.
  • Ways to stay plugged in on affordable housing and to continue to organize and build power around this issue.


Who should attend –


  • Members of the faith community
  • People who care about justice
  • Working people who are worried about affordability
  • Advocates
  • Elected officials


Register here for our upcoming sessions.


The next sessions are –


Feb. 8 2021 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Mar. 8 2021 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Apr. 12, 2021 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.

If you missed our January 11 session, you can watch the recording here!


Contacts:

Meghan Carrier, Together Colorado Deputy Director, [email protected] or 720-505-9201 https://www.togethercolorado.org/Annmarie Jensen, ECHO Coalition Founder, [email protected] or 720-999-4765 https://www.echocolorado.com/

AFFORDABLE HOUSING CAMPAIGNS

  • 2020 Bills
  • 2019 Bills
2020 Bills

Suppressing Court Records of Eviction Proceedings (HB20-1009):

Signed and goes into effect on Dec 1, 2020!

Fees Charged to Tenants by Landlords (HB20-1141):

Postponed indefinitely in House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

Mobile Home Park Act Updates (HB20-1196):

Passed!

Mobile Home Park Residents Opportunity to Purchase (HB20-1201):

Passed!

Prohibit Housing Discrimination Source of Income (HB20-1332):

Passed!; amended from 3 units to “NO MORE THAN FIVE TOTAL RENTAL UNITS INCLUDING ANY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES”

Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units (HB20-1351):

Postponed indefinitely in House Transportation & Local Government Committee; inclusive zoning (Telluride) bill

Funding for Eviction Legal Defense Fund (HB20-1405):

Postponed indefinitely in House Finance Committee; would have increased eviction filing fee by $30 to fund the Eviction Legal Defense Fund (currently funded through the General Fund)

2019 Bills

Residential Landlord Rental Application Fees (HB19-1106):

A landlord may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee unless the landlord uses the entire amount of the fee to cover the landlord’s costs in processing the rental application. A landlord also may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee that is in a different amount than a rental application fee charged to another prospective tenant who applies to rent the property.


Landlord Tenant Warranty of Habitability (HB19-1170):

Under current law, a warranty is implied into every rental agreement. The bill makes the following changes: expands written notices to include electronic notices; expands jurisdiction to county courts and small claims courts; adds absence of mold to the basic requirements for a habitable residence; and tenants can deduct costs of repairs from subsequent rent if certain conditions are met.


Mobile Home Park Act Oversight (HB19-1309):

Colorado and local governments can now enforce law to prevent and stop: wrongful evictions, invasions of privacy, harassment, rules that are unfair and capricious, and other violations of the Mobile Home Park Act. HB19-1309 extends the time between the notice of

nonpayment of rent and the termination of any tenancy and extends the time a mobile home owner has to vacate a mobile home park after a court enters an eviction order.


Eviction Legal Defense Fund (SB19-180):

Low-income tenants who are facing a possible eviction are typically unable to access legal assistance. This major shortcoming in our

legal process contributes to cycles of poverty throughout the state of Colorado. This bill appropriates $900,000 to fund legal resources for low-income Coloradans who are facing an eviction.

OTHER WORK

CLIMATE JUSTICE

The earth is sacred. We must live in balance with all of creation, using only what we need, and recognizing that there is enough for all.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

We desire a merciful, rehabilitative justice system that maintains the hope and human dignity of every person.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

We desire a moral and communal economy based on the infinite value of human beings, not material objects.

EDUCATION

Our children deserve to learn in an environment that nurtures their growth and wholeness

HEALTH CARE

We have a moral obligation to provide equal access to affordable health care for all people.

IMMIGRATION

Our various faith traditions compel us to love, care for, and seek justice for the stranger among us.

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