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Coloradans struggle to navigate insurance after losing a home to wildfire. State lawmakers want to make it easier.

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would shorten and simplify the insurance claims process after a declared fire disaster.

Wildfire

Supply and labor shortages double the time it’ll take to rebuild homes lost in the Marshall fire

Housing and construction management professionals estimated it could take up to three years to rebuild homes from scratch

Marshall Fire

Rebuilding after disaster takes a community — and a streamlined process — say Coloradans who lost homes in Waldo Canyon fire

Fires destroyed 347 houses in 2012, but the Mountain Shadows community in Colorado Springs found ways to work with city officials, contractors and others to rebuild fast, and now offer help to Marshall fire victims.

Housing

A 401(k) for homeownership? Colorado housing leaders offer up solutions to affordability problem.

Giving employers a tax break to help workers buy homes could help ease the state’s housing crisis, a group convened by Colorado’s U.S. senators says

Housing

Boulder County fire victims have insurance questions. Here are some answers.

Are you underinsured? (Possibly.) Should you wait for a master builder to redo the whole neighborhood? (No.) Can you get a living expenses check now? (Yes. Do it.) Meanwhile, all Colorado homeowners should do this tuneup.

Marshall Fire

Marshall fire officially becomes Colorado’s most destructive, with 991 homes and businesses burned, officials confirm

Much of Louisville and Superior will reopen to residents starting Saturday afternoon. But many residents will be without potable water or natural gas

Wildfire

Westminster clears controversial Uplands development proposal for “the Farm”

Three nights of fraught testimony ended early Tuesday with boos as the city council OK'd the Uplands development, which will bring 2,350 homes to an undeveloped corner of town.

Business

“We used to never have anything like this”: In Douglas County, signs of homelessness are on the rise

This is in a county with the highest median household income in metro Denver and the lowest percentage of people in poverty. It's also a county where housing costs are rising sharply.

Housing

A Native-inclusive safe campsite has opened in Denver. But some lament loss of community.

Indigenous people account for an outsized percentage of homeless people in Denver. Sweeping their camps repeats the historical harms of forced displacement, advocates say.

Equity

Victims of crimes in Colorado get vastly different level of services depending on race, report finds

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s report also links the lacking racial diversity of staff at victim services organizations to the underserving of victims of color in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Aspen suspends new home construction permits as it drops the hammer in the name of affordability

Aspen emergency ordinance also cut off new short-term rental permits as the posh Pitkin County ski town wrestles with lack of workforce housing.

Housing

Renewable Water Resources wants Douglas County as the first customer for its San Luis Valley water export plan

The start up led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and his former deputy chief of staff Sean Tonner, proposed a $20 million investment of COVID recovery money to lock in future water for Douglas County at rates cheaper than Front Range cities pay today

Politics and Government

Demand for pandemic rental assistance in Colorado jumped 33% in November

Housing officials credit public awareness for renters and landlords who may qualify for 15 months of rent help; a separate mortgage program made four payments in its first month.

Housing

An Adams County apartment complex set aside 12 units for foster youth. It barely makes a dent in the demand.

Federal funding and awareness about the need to provide affordable housing to youth exiting foster care have increased over the past decade

Housing

The need for preschool has never been greater — and never harder — for struggling Colorado families to get

Early childhood education is a boon to kids and their parents, but who can access it depends heavily on who can pay for it, and in Colorado demand outstrips the supply of preschool facilities and workers.

Education

4,000 cars, one exit: Residents in growing neighborhoods worry their new neighbors could crowd wildfire escape routes

Proposed developments in Conifer and Colorado Springs have raised concern over wildfire preparedness as fires become more intense and the state continues to grow.

Wildfire

Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims

The VareCo notified tenants of the 95-unit Summit View Inn they had to leave, but pushed them out before they had their day in court. Now some are homeless.

Housing

Denver’s program to house people who were homeless was so successful, the federal government is offering millions more to expand it

In April 2022, the social impact bond initiative will recruit and house 125 more people who are chronically homeless

Housing

Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal seeks $1.3 million to create a state public-private partnership office. Public policy observers are skeptical.

Politics and Government

Nearly half of all people released from prison in Colorado return in 3 years. A $1.1 million program aims to reverse the trend.

Recruiting “first-chance” employers willing to hire people just out of prison is critical to the program, which also will fund training, mentoring and other support

Crime and Courts
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